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County Board amends tobacco ordinance, again

The McLeod County Board of Commissioners once again tweaked its tobacco ordinance Tuesday, this time addressing an omission regarding “loosies” from its last tweak in November.
According to McLeod County Public Health Coordinator Kathy Nowak and educator Jean Johnson, the ordinance should have included a minimum cost for “loosies” — cigars that are removed from cartons and sold individually.
Johnson said the goal of establishing a minimum price is to discourage people from buying cigars cheaply and then selling them to minors at a higher cost.
The other option would be to not allow businesses to sell loosies, but Commissioner Sheldon Nies said he was not in favor of that.
“That’s a business decision,” said Nies.
Commissioner Ron Shimanski asked if the price set by the County Board would be “arbitrary, or locked in.”
Nowak said if the cost is included in the ordinance, it is locked in until the County Board decides to amend its ordinance again.
Nowak said the County Board could review it annually, or on a market basis.

See the Dec. 31 print edition of The McLeod County Chronicle for more from this meeting.