Wine sales suspended at Corn Palace after sting

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MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) - Wine won’t be available for a while at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, after an employee at the city-owned tourist attraction sold a bottle to an underage informant during a police alcohol compliance check.

Director Mark Schilling says he’s temporarily suspended wine sales as Corn Palace officials review procedures for alcohol sales. He says that likely will take a few weeks.

Schilling says that during the recent compliance check, the employee asked for and inspected the informant’s identification, but made the sale anyway. The Daily Republic newspaper reports (http://bit.ly/1bOpAkT) that the employee will be fined and could face additional disciplinary action.

The City Council last June granted the Corn Palace a wine license to allow for the sale of Corn Palace-labeled wine at the attraction’s gift shop.

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Information from: The Daily Republic, http://www.mitchellrepublic.com

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