Lawsuit filed in Dunn Co. aims to protect local wedding barn owners in Wisconsin

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Dunn County (WQOW) –  Rustic weddings have only become more trendy over the last few years making barns one of the most popular venues.

Related Story: Wedding barns may need a liquor license in Wisconsin

In November, then-Attorney General Brad Schimel recommended the business should need a liquor license to operate legally. Now, a local business is pushing back. The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty is now suing the Evers administration hoping to protect wedding barns across the state and clear up any gray area on how they operate.

Lawyers are fighting on behalf of the Farmview Event Barn in Berlin, Wisconsin and John Govin, owner of the Weddin’ Barn, in Menomonie.

The suit was filed in Dunn County Court. Govin said it’s a way to push back against the tavern league in order to keep his business alive. “One of their approaches right now is to create uncertainty. If they can’t get the law changed they can place doubt in our potential customers,” Govin said, “We have had it come up that, what’s happening in Madison? How’s that going to affect us if we decide to have a wedding in your venue?”

The Evers Administration said it is “still learning more about the issue.” The Wisconsin Institute of Law and Liberty plans to serve the papers in the next few days.

Justin Esterly

Justin Esterly

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