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City council discusses pull tab dilemma

The Osakis City Council weighed its options for the pull tab charitable gambling booth at the Osakis Liquor Store at the monthly meeting Monday, May 13.

Board members of the Osakis Economic Development Commission were in attendance to discuss the options of moving the booth to a different location in the bar to see if it would increase pull tab sales. If the booth is moved, it will be in its third location in the bar.

The council also discussed the option of making the booth fully bar operated and getting rid of the booth.

An OEDC representative said they were fine with moving the booth to a different location as long as they didn't have to pay for it. After much deliberation about costs and potential profitability, the council decided to keep the pull tab booth in its current location until it receives estimates on the cost of relocating it.

The city-owned liquor store made a profit of $6,300 for the month of April. The city will be hiring a full time employee at the rate of $13.98 per hour with a six-month probationary period.

In other items from the meeting, the Osakis First Responders reported that they had a great month. They received 15 calls and had zero no-shows.

In his report to the council, Police Chief Chad Gulbranson said the police department confiscated 12.5 grams of meth out of a car during a traffic stop. (Watch for a follow-up story in the Osakis Review.)

Profits from the May 11 Osakis Clean-Up Day were $650 higher than last year. The city made $3,650 before the dumping expenses.