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“When we read the account that beer was being sold for — what? — $7.25 [and] we lost money, we were taken aback,” said Dean Johnson, a member of the school’s Board of Regents and a former Senate majority leader. “I don’t know a Minnesotan who would believe that you’d lose money with that kind of a gross. I think that a sharper pencil, and better accounting methods, ought to be used.”
Rep. Dan Schoen, DFL-St. Paul Park, who wants to extend alcohol sales to other sports facilities at the university, said the contract left him with questions of how aggressively the university negotiated its alcohol sales deal and showed that school administrators did not like close scrutiny. “Why is Aramark getting such a sweet deal, and how is that even allowed to happen?” he asked.
Board of Regents member Clyde Allen, however, defended the arrangement, and said prohibiting underage alcohol sales — and not making money — was the school’s top priority at the football stadium. “Making money on it is not really the main purpose of it,” Allen said. “We’re more interested in being sure that we can control the sale of it.”