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Minnesota smokers deal with new Wisconsin smoking ban

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HAGER CITY - Beginning Tuesday, Minnesota smokers can no longer use Wisconsin as their ash tray.

The Badger State smoking ban brings to an end the opportunity for smokers in Minnesota border communities like Red Wing to skip across the border for a cigarette inside a tavern.


Count Roger Blanchard among those who seek a smokers' sanctuary in Wisconsin. The Red Wing man said he likes to have a cigarette while enjoying a cold beer at a bar.

"It's nice," Blanchard said.

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