EAST GRAND FORKS — Bar owners in East Grand Forks may be able to take less out of their pockets to pay their liquor license fees.

During a council work session on Tuesday, April 13, city leaders discussed possibly slashing the fees by 25%, in an effort to provide bars more COVID relief.

Justin LaRocque, the owner of The Spud Jr., said with the struggles restaurants in the area have faced over the past year, he's thankful to potentially add another drop of help in the bucket.

"It's definitely something that we're not going to take lightly. We appreciate the heck out of it, but at the same time, too, if it didn't happen, it didn't happen," he said.

LaRocque added as vaccinations rise in Polk County — nearly 8,400 people are fully vaccinated countywide — he hopes to let more people in sooner, on top of spending less on his license.

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The council is expected to talk about the license fee cuts at its next meeting on Tuesday, April 20.