Two Coon Rapids businesses fail tobacco license checks

Fifty businesses that have city of Coon Rapids tobacco licenses were checked March 12 for compliance.

Det. Brad Johnson, Coon Rapids Police school liaison officer at Coon Rapids High School, and a 17-year-old boy did the compliance check.

According to Johnson’s police report, of the 50 businesses visited, 47 passed, one was no longer operating and two failed – by selling a tobacco-related product to the juvenile.

They were identified as Coon Rapids Marathon, 380 Northdale Blvd., and Fuel Mini Mart, 11706 Crooked Lake Blvd.

The clerk in each store that sold the tobacco-related product to the 17-year-old was cited by Johnson for sale of tobacco to a minor with court dates in April.

In each case, the clerk sold the boy a packet of cigarettes without asking for his identification; his ID was back at the police department.

According to City Clerk Cathy Sorensen, the two businesses have been assessed a $250 administrative fee.

It’s the first violation for both stores so they were charged the lowest fee, Sorensen said.

The owners have the right to appeal the administrative fee to the Coon Rapids City Council, she said.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]