Sheriff plans training after 7 rural North Dakota bars fail miner’s patent test – InForum

FARGO — Cass County Sheriff Jesse Jahner plans to restore training and education sessions after 7 of 11 bars in rural Cass County failed a juvenile patent test last week.

Of those that failed last week, four were in Casselton, North Dakota, and included Club 94, Red Baron, Veterans Club and Z’s Grub and Pub. The other three were the Old 10 Saloon in Buffalo, the Bronco Bar in Chaffee, and the Happy Trails Tavern in Argusville.

When last checked in March, the four bushes that failed included: Harwood Bar & Grill, Ringneck Bar in Leonard, Hunter C&I and Happy Trails Tavern in Argusville.

Jahner said personal discussions have taken place with each of the owners and operators of establishments that failed the last check, with the exception of the Chaffee bar.

Testing hasn’t been done in rural areas in recent years, mostly due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Jahner and Fargo Cass, community health educator in public health, Preston Nesemeier

Two rural tests were conducted this year, with ongoing compliance checks in Fargo and West Fargo.

A law society receives a citation if it serves an underage person, who is also accompanied by an ununiformed law enforcement officer.

Four more rural bars failed testing last spring out of 10 bars audited for a 60% compliance rate.

“It’s definitely a concern on my part,” the sheriff said, adding that he plans to reinstate server training that helps employees spot fake IDs.

A training location has yet to be determined, the sheriff added.

Zach Rasmussen, who operates Z’s Grub & Hub in Casselton, said the problem comes down to a lack of training, adding that he was in favor of the sheriff’s plan to provide server training.

Rasmussen and Jahner said bars are struggling to hire and keep employees.

“It all comes down to training,” Rasmussen said, adding that the timing of the test was “at the worst time” as his company was overwhelmed with customers.

The owners and operators of the other bars would not comment publicly, but said they spoke to the sheriff.

Fargo has its own server training through Fargo Cass Public Health, and there are talks of launching an online program.

Regarding penalties, Jahner said the citations have been delivered to the state attorney’s office, but he is ensuring the companies will be charged or fined, emphasizing the education over anything else.

During the last inspection carried out in Fargo on June 22, 6 of the 25 bars failed the carding test for a compliance rate of 76%. Each bar faces a $500 fine.

Earlier this year, the Fargo Liquor Control Board said even first-time violators must pay a $500 fine, even with extenuating circumstances. Bar and restaurant owners can appeal to the Fargo City Commission, which also recently upheld all fines.

For a second violation, Nesemeier said the city’s ordinance called for a $750 fine. A third offense is a fine of $1,000
with a suspension of the sale of alcohol for one or two days, depending on the type of liquor license.

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