After Drowning, WI City Considers Beer Keg Registration


In La Crosse, Wis., where the world’s largest six-pack dots the skyline, police may soon demand registration to own a keg of beer, reports the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. The proposed ordinance, which would require that liquor store owners take a name, address, driver’s license number and a $100 deposit from anyone renting kegs in the city, is the result of more than a year of municipal self-examination that followed the Mississippi River drowning death of a college student.

The ordinance, which could also limit kegs to two per person per 48 hours, would be a first for Wisconsin, though 25 states and the District of Columbia have mandatory keg registration laws. Registering kegs was one of more than a dozen proposals from a local task force that studied the city’s alcohol culture after the drowning death in April 2004 of Jared Dion, a University of Wisconsin-La Crosse student. Dion was the seventh young man since 1997, and the 23rd since 1974, to die in the Mississippi River near La Crosse.


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