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Fact or Fiction: Beer and Pretzel Laws

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A post on Dumblaws.com says it is illegal to serve beer and pretzels simultaneously in North Dakota.

But, division director Jay E. Buringrud of the North Dakota Legislative Council says locals bars don't have to be worried about getting busted.

He says many of what could be called "unusual laws" come from misconstruing or "twisting" the language of state or local statutes.

"It's a false interpretation, but the interpretation plays well as a crazy law,'" says Buringrud.

The myth may be fueled by drinking laws that prohibit those under the age of 21 from entering a bar.

"For example, North Dakota state law prohibits a person under 21 from being in a place where alcoholic beverages are being sold in licensed premises (North Dakota Century Code Section 5-01-08). An exception is a restaurant if the restaurant is separated from the room in which alcoholic beverages are opened or mixed and gross sales of food are at least equal to gross sales of alcoholic beverages consumed in the dining area (North Dakota Century Code Section 5-02-06)."

Buringrud says some people might try to combine the two laws and say a person cannot eat pretzels at a bar, because the two areas are not separated.

In other words, the post is nothing more than a rumor. And it seems like beer and pretzels is combination that is here to stay.

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