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Mankato Luther Honda experiences strong rebound

Auto sales continually soar due to increased consumer demand and dealership expansion.

In fact, local dealerships are celebrating for the first time since the 2008 recession.

Consumer procrastination has decreased and new vehicles are being sought. In fact, Mankato auto dealers topped the 1,000 mark in monthly auto sales, with 1,050 new and used cars and light trucks sold solely in July, well above last year’s 773.

“Since July we’ve doubled our inventory and more than doubled our sales, and our service department has been the same,” said Kerry Lindsay, general manager, Mankato Luther Honda.

The thriving farm economy is driving pickup truck sales and a jump is occurring in sales of the Honda Pilot SUV.  The new program at Mankato Luther Honda accepts trade-ins and also buys used vehicles from consumers out-right. This program combined with the newly expanded location creates opportunity for consumers seeking low mileage vehicles at affordable prices.

“We probably get 15 or 20 a month,” said Lindsay of trade-ins and out-right buys. “Some people already have a different car picked out from a private dealer, or maybe another dealer wont give them as much on trade-in as we’ll pay.”

This strong economical auto rebound provides great optimism for Mankato Luther Honda and other local dealerships while providing opportunities for consumers to buy automobiles for sale.

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Local restaurants lose alcohol privileges

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Four restaurants added in September.

Numerous area restaurants have appeared on the list of tax delinquencies. With a presence on the list, restaurants are not able to legally buy alcohol from distributors, off-sale locations or other bars.

As of September, area restaurants on the list include:

  • Charley’s (Mankato)
  • China Buffet (Mankato)
  • The Boat Landing (Madison Lake)
  • George’s Fine Steaks & Spirits (New Ulm)
  • Jerry Dutler’s Bowl (Mankato)
  • Hammer’s Bar (New Ulm)
  • Cedar’s Grille (St. Peter)

This list acts as a warning to distributors and public safety officials, both able to investigate illegal sales of alcohol. “It doesn’t put them out of business. If they’ve got liquor in the back, they can continue to sell what they have available,” said Robyn Dwyer, director of the collection division, Minnesota Department of Revenue.