By Kristen Miller
WRIGHT COUNTY, MN Some Wright County businesses have been tagged in recent tobacco compliance checks, including two out of three establishments checked in Montrose.
Two out of three establishments in Montrose failed the Clark Gas Station, which failed both compliance checks (this makes for three in two years), and The Ugly Bar, which failed the first check. This was The Ugly Bar’s first offense in two years.
The two establishments in Waverly (Mark’s Service and Pete’s Grocery) both passed the tobacco compliance checks.
CVS Pharmacy in Delano had its second failure in two years. It too, passed a second compliance check.
The Marketplace in Cokato also failed its first compliance check in July, but passed the second compliance check in August. This was its first violation in two years.
The penalties for failing tobacco compliance checks are: first offense, a $75 fine issued to both the clerk and the business; second offense, $200; and the third offense, $250, according to Joel Torkelson, health promotion coordinator for Wright County Public Health.
There were 85 establishments checked this summer, with 12 failures in the first round, and three additional failures in the second round.
Roger’s Amoco in Maple Lake had its third and fourth offense in two years during this round of checks. Also, Clearwater Travel Plaza failed for its second time two years.
Torkelson did note there were less violators this year than last. Last year, there were 84 establishments checked, with 15 in violation for the first round, and three the second round.
The compliance checks are done in partnership with Wright County Human Services and the Wright County Sheriff’s Office.