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State Supreme Court rules Adams County town can't ban strip club from liquor license

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The entrance to the Wisconsin Supreme Court inside the state Capitol is seen, Sept. 15, 2011. (courtesy of FOX 11).
The entrance to the Wisconsin Supreme Court inside the state Capitol is seen, Sept. 15, 2011. (courtesy of FOX 11).

MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) - The State Supreme Court said town officials were wrong to limit the scope of a liquor license for a strip club just north of Wisconsin Dells in Adams County.

In 2009, the Wisconsin Dolls asked the town of Dell Prairie to renew its liquor license, which applied across its entire eight-acre site. But the Town Board said the new license would only cover the club’s main building – and nothing else. The strip club sued the town – and Adams County Circuit Judge Charles Pollex and an appeals court both agreed with the town’s action.

But the Supreme Court ruled the other way this morning. It said towns do not have the power to unilaterally change a description of premises for a liquor license renewal. The justices said they need to pass a new ordinance that would treat all liquor license holders the same – or else negotiate with the applicant in question.

The town’s attorney said he was disappointed with today’s ruling.

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