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Three Mitchell businesses fail alcohol check

Three Mitchell businesses on Monday failed an alcohol compliance check by the South Central Alcohol Task Force.

Jack’s Sinclair, Freedom Valu Center and M&H gas stations all had clerks who asked for a confidential informant’s identification but still sold alcohol to that person with an underage ID.

This is Jack’s Sinclair’s second failure within a 24-month period and a first failure for both Freedom and M&H.

The task force checked 13 other businesses that passed -- Amstar, Corn Palace, Casey’s General Store, Coborn’s, Easy Come Easy Go, County Fair Food & Fuel, Phoenix & Dragon, Cubby’s West, Kwik Phil, Cubby’s East, I-90 Travel Center and Highland Travel Plaza.

On a first offense, if a business that sells alcohol to a minor has passed a certified alcohol management class, the state can fine that business $500.

On a second offense within 24 months, the business is fined $1,000. If the seller has not passed the class, the fines are doubled.

For a third offense in a 24-month period, the South Dakota Department of Revenue can suspend the business’ liquor license for up to 14 days.

The South Central Alcohol Task Force is comprised of the Mitchell Police Division and sheriff’s offices in Aurora, Davison and Miner counties.