Redwood County approves social host ordinance

REDWOOD FALLS – By a 4-1 vote last week, Redwood County commissioners approved a social host ordinance that can lead to misdemeanor charges against people hosting events at which minors consume alcohol.

The ordinance was proposed by Redwood County Attorney Steven Collins and Redwood County Sheriff Randy Hanson. “This is a good thing for the county. It can help curb underage drinking in Redwood County,” Hanson said.

Collins said the ordinance applies only to people who knowingly host such an event and that the penalty for the charge is up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. He added that Minnesota has a civil social host statute that allows people to be sued in such a case but there are no punitive options in the law.

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