Twins Bar in downtown Duluth served with an eviction notice

By KBJR News 1

June 18, 2014 Updated Jun 18, 2014 at 7:32 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Earlier this month, the Twins Bar in Duluth had been put on notice that it could permanently lose its liquor license, due to the number of disturbances at the facility.

Now the bar has been served with an eviction notice.

The Twins has been shrouded in controversy since it reopened under new management in November 2013.

Since its opening records show there have been 75 police calls to the bar.

The St. Louis County Sheriff's office did not give a specific reason for the eviction notice, but the notice states the 'former tenant(s)/occupant(s)' are evicted from the building.

An eviction disposition was filed on June 5th for non-payment of rent.

While many feel the bar is a disturbance to the area, others see it as a staple of Duluth and 4th street, and hope the facility can find a way to stay open.

"I know they've had complaints, I know, and they have rowdies occasionally, but that's what a bar is all about! Not only do I not mind the noise, I don't have young kids and a family, so maybe it would be different then," said Steve Barnes, who has lived next to the bar for 18 years.

An incident at the bar, in February, involved a security guard firing two shots at a man with a gun, who didn't comply when he was told to put the gun down.

As a result, police sent the owners an "Excessive Use of Police Services" letter, essentially allowing Duluth police to charge up to $250 per police call going forward.

Then on June 2nd an eviction hearing was held and a trial took place three days later.

At that time a judgment eviction action was signed.

As of June 18th, court records show the plaintiffs, Charles H. Lemon and Mary J. Lemon, owe no more money, and paid a total $395 over the past couple of months.

We spoke with the plaintiff's attorney who told us the bar's management has peaceably moved out.

Elsa Robins