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Minneapolis bars bat around extended hours

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This is a big summer for Target Field as they prepare to host the 2014 MLB All-Star game which also has Minnesota lawmakers battling around the area of extending the hours for bar time for the big weekend. Some businesses just feet from Target Field say no. Typically streets in Minneapolis overflow following the 2:00 A.M. closing time and as the All-Star game inches closer many are anxious to cash in on the $75 million in revenue that the event is expected to bring.

Representative Joe Atkins is pushing for extended bar hours until 4:00 A.M. the night of the Home Run Derby, July 15th and the All-Star game on July 16th. The idea came from law enforcement during the Republican National Convention in St. Paul. They said it helps with crowd control and assists in public safety. There is an additional fee involved which must be paid by individual businesses. Back in 2008, St. Paul required the full $2,500 from bars wanting to stay open late.

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