Council approves liquor license for The Annadine
A public hearing at Monday night’s Dodge Center Council meeting led to the approval of a Restricted Liquor License for Nadine Langworthy to sell liquor at The Annadine in downtown Dodge Center. Langworthy had requested the On Sale/Off Sale Restricted Liquor License. The council also approved an amendment to the City Code governing the number of available licenses in Dodge Center.
A second public hearing granted a request from Brittaney Labor to establish a hobby kennel at her home to allow her to keep three dogs.
There was no comment from the public at either public hearing.
The council also gave Ambulance Director Jared Oscarson permission to purchase new jackets for members of the Ambulance Service. The Ambulance Association will pay for the jackets for the 27 volunteer members of the service and the city will pay for the jackets for the eight fulltime staff.
The jackets will allow all members of the Ambulance Service to have the same jackets, Oscarson said. They will meet highway safety standards, have hoods and be waterproof.
The council also approved Oscarson’s request that Lindsey Derby attend the BLS Instructor Court at Riverland College-Austin on Oct. 15. Completion of the course will allow Derby to became a CPR instructor, Oscarson said. The course costs $200, he said, but with an instructor in the Ambulance Service it will be able to offer CPR courses.
“I think it’s a great idea,” said Mayor Bill Ketchum.
In an item not on the agenda but brought up at the end of the meeting, Ketchum said he has talked with the owner of the Dairy Queen in Dodge Center.
As of the end of September, Ketchum said, the Dairy Queen will have been closed for a year. He said the owner told him he had closed it because of his health and was trying to sell it but that he was under some pressure to sell or the franchise would be pulled.
If the franchise is pulled, Ketchum said he was told, it is unlikely the Dairy Queen Corp. would allow a new franchise to locate at any place in Dodge Center other than the four-lane. A new franchise, Ketchum said, would likely cost about $1.5 million.
Ketchum said the owner had said he wanted to dispel rumors that the equipment was in poor condition. There had been maintenance issues, Ketchum said he was told, but that $15,000 would put the store in quality level and $50,000 would make it one of the best in the country.
Ketchum said that he was bringing the subject up because of rumors about the condition of the store and also to encourage anyone interested in the franchise to contact him so he could put them in touch with the owner.