Ephraim ends longstanding ban on alcohol sales

The village has been dry since 1853

EPHRAIM -- Voters in a small Door County village have decided to lift its longstanding ban on alcohol sales.
 
According to Tuesday's election results, Ephraim voters approved referendums allowing the sale of beer and wine.
 
The village of about 300 has been dry since Norwegian Moravians founded it in 1853. Residents unsuccessfully tried to change the ban, in 1934 and 1992.
 
Supporters of the change wanted to bring more tourists to local businesses. Those who opposed it said they were afraid it will spoil the quaint feel of the area and spurn village history.
 
 
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