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Kearney changes alcohol sales hours on Sundays

Kearney City Council
Kearney City Council(Alicia Naspretto, KSNB)
Published: Jun. 22, 2021 at 10:17 PM CDT
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KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) - The Kearney City Council voted Tuesday night to adjust the hours of alcohol sales on Sundays. Before it could be sold from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. the next day Monday through Saturday. Then on Sundays, sales started at 11 a.m. instead. They voted unanimously to change it to the same hours all week.

Council Member Jonathan Nikkila was the one who brought the proposal forward after he told Local4 News it bothered him for a while that Sunday had different hours.

In the past there have been times that a holiday has fallen on a Sunday and the City Council was able to make a sales adjustment with no problems. Nikkila said he thought it should just always be that way.

“It’s a serious hassle for stores to have to adjust when they can and can’t sell alcohol,” he said. “It’s a significant inconvenience for individuals who wants to purchase the alcohol.”

He also said there are just some things the government shouldn’t be telling people they can and can’t do, and buying liquor in the morning is one of them.

“Sometimes we need to give people the chance to make their own choices and make their life a little bit easier to live and work,” Nikkila said.

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