It's 2018 and 100 years since the 18th Amendment creating the Prohibition of Alcohol was being ratified by states throughout the country. In December 1917 Congress adopted and submitted to the states the Eighteenth Amendment, known as the Prohibition amendment, which prohibited the "manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors." Ratified by the states in January 1919, it went into effect on January 20, 1920. The Volstead Act enforced this law.

This little bit of history is a reminder of the place in history that Granite Falls holds being the hometown of Andrew Volstead and the site of his home at 163 9th Ave, a National Historic Land-mark. Right now we're in the midst of the 100th anniversaries of these events and the Chamber, as well as the Granite Falls Historical Society is planning events to celebrate this in 2019.

The Historical Society has just completed an interpretive plan and applied for a second grant that would create an exhibit and events around this anniversary.

Many of you know that I've been on the volunteer board of directors of the Bluenose Gopher Cooperative Public House since its beginning a few years ago. We formed this organization as a cooperative because of the Volstead history of the Capper-Volstead Act which is still considered the "magna carta of cooperatives." We're looking forward to celebrating our local history as part of our marketing and will include tours of the Volstead Home to create a heritage destination in Granite Falls. The cooperative has gone through ups and downs first as a brewery and now as a public house where we'll sell local craft beer, wine, coffee, old-fashioned soft drinks and a small food menu. Our building at 681 Prentice St. has been gutted thanks to our volunteer members and historic tin uncovered on the walls as well as the ceilings. The view from the back gazebo and deck will be a great place to enjoy a craft beer.

After all this work and patience from our members who are also the owners, we're pleased to announce that construction will be starting in a few weeks thanks to member loans and financing from the Southwest Initiative Foundation! Memberships will be an ongoing opportunity to invest in Granite Falls at only $150.21 for a lifetime co-op membership. Applications can be picked up at the Chamber office or online at It's exciting to be opening this public house during the anniversaries of the Volstead Act and the beginning of the roaring twenties!