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7 businesses fail checks for tobacco sales to minors in Fargo area

FARGO — A number of Cass County businesses sold tobacco to minors in a recent sweep of compliance checks conducted by local law enforcement and public health officials, according to a news release from Fargo Cass Public Health.

The majority of businesses passed the checks, which took place over three days in March in rural Cass County, Fargo and West Fargo.

A total of 57 businesses were checked and 50 passed the inspection. One business had its tobacco license temporarily suspended for having two violations in 12 months.

West Fargo businesses had the highest success rate, with only one out of 13 business failing the check. Fargo saw four out of 28 inspected businesses fail, and the rest of Cass County had 14 out of 16 businesses pass.

One business, the Family Fare at 3175 25th St. S. in Fargo, failed twice in a 12 month period, which results in a three-day suspension of a tobacco license.

The other three Fargo businesses that failed checks during the sweep are: Loaf N’ Jug at 2201 18th St. S., Mills Gas Mart at 3790 36th St. S. and Pilot Travel Center at 3150 39th St. S. All three businesses had their first compliance check failure in 12 months.

Petro Serve USA at 239 Main Avenue in West Fargo failed for the first time in 12 months.

City View Fuel at 13635 54th St. SE. in Enderlin N.D., and Leonard Convenience at 201 4th St. S. in Leonard, N.D., failed an inspection for the first time in 12 months.

In Fargo and West Fargo, one failure in a one year time period leads to a one year probation.