David and Kathie Darrington got the news they've been waiting for last Monday, Sept. 9 at the Osakis City Council meeting.

After a background check was completed with no violations, the council took a vote. After a unanimous decision, the Darringtons were approved for an on-sale liquor license at 17 Main St. East, the O-Town Tavern.

They are looking to purchase the bar and restaurant. After they received approval following the public hearing, they now have to provide a restaurant license, license fee, liability insurance, on-sale state application and a Minnesota buyers card before being given a liquor license.

Budget work continues

The council met on Aug. 27 to balance the revenues and expenses in the 2020 budget.

The council made changes to reflect the decisions they've made over the past eight months. One of the adjustments made was to the Osakis Liquor Store to reflect a budget that is more conservative for 2020. The revenues total at $1,304,554 and the expenses are $1,309,980 for a balance of $1,574, which will go into the general fund.

Private well request

A lengthy topic of discussion was brought up by Ashley Shrode, who is looking to build a house on her property located behind 802 and 510 Nokomis Street West.

Shrode was looking into the possibility for the council to allow her to have a private well and sewer on the property. The conflict for the council is that they could potentially look into expanding city water and sewer lines to service the property instead.

The council was hesitant in allowing a private water and sewer system because they view this as an opportunity to expand its public services. The city has made strides to protect its water supply in recent years.

Liquor store news

The last topic of note was the upcoming events and a position change at the Osakis Liquor Store.

There was a public bean bag tournament hosted by the liquor store and the VFW on Sept. 14. On Sept. 28, BARGO will be starting. The liquor store will also continue to hold its Vikings game day promotion by offering two-for-ones every time the Vikings score a touchdown.

The Osakis Liquor Store is also promoting one of its part-time workers to full-time, after a 4-1 vote on the hourly wage of $15.