Dakota County historian digs up details of prohibition era underworld

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John Loch is finding that booze was abundant, and moonshine raids by federal agents were commonplace, in Dakota County during Prohibition.

Loch, an Apple Valley resident and vice president of the Rosemount Area Historical Society, has been poring through old newspapers on microfiche at the library, and talking with locals who were alive at the time, to piece together a picture of the bootlegging underworld in Dakota County at the time of Prohibition when production and sale of alcohol was illegal.

There was the massive, 70,000-gallon distillery – said to be the largest distillery west of Chicago – operating on the outskirts of Rosemount. It was raided in 1924 or 1925. See more in Andrew Miller’s Sun Thisweek story.


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