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Kelliher Liquor Store is the Business of the Week

Kelliher Liquor Store Head Bartender Tom Heck

With ice fishing coming to a close and regular fishing opener two months away, the Kelliher Liquor Store, among other area businesses looking at enduring the "down season."

According to the liquor store's head bartender Tom Heck, the month of May is something he and the rest of the staff anxiously await.

"Business will be pretty slow until sucker fishing opener on the first of May and then walleye opener the week after," he said. "With the economy the way it is, business overall is a little slower than it has been in the past"

To keep business going through these slower months, the liquor store is offering Texas Hold 'Em tournaments every Thursday evening starting at 7 p.m.

"We started with a regular poker league but the Texas Hold 'Em worked better," Heck said. "We average about 10 people coming in every Thursday."

Despite the quiet months, the residents of Kelliher can still have a good experience at the Kelliher liquor store.

"I like to make sure the atmosphere is comfortable and enjoyable for everyone," Heck said. "I really just enjoy interacting with people. It is a different job every day."

When summer does finally arrive, the liquor store is looking forward to their fourth annual Summer Hummer car show event and barbeque with the hopes of a live band in June, Kelliher Days July 9-10 and DJs throughout the season.

The Kelliher liquor store, like The Pond in Blackduck, is looking at difficulties regarding legislation and wanting to eliminate municipals.

"It is important for people to know that a percentage of the funds the liquor store brings in goes back into property taxes," said Heck.

According the the city of Kelliher's website, the liquor store is seeking early era photos of logging around the Kelliher area. The pictures will be framed and displayed on the walls of the liquor store. They are also looking to borrow old saws, saw blades, etc. to display on the walls. The pictures will be scanned and returned to their owners. Contact the liquor store at 647-9757, Kelliher City Hall at 647-8470 or visit for more information.

"We looking for people to donate memorabilia to decorate the inside a little better," Heck said. "We would include their name under the item or photo they donate."

The Kelliher Liquor Store is located right in Kelliher on Highway 72. Hours for on and off sale liquor are 12 p.m.-closing, Monday-Wednesday, 10 a.m.-closing Thursday and 10 a.m.-1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Happy Hour is offered from 5-7 p.m. and Senior Happy Hour is from 1-3 p.m.