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Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement (AGED) has regulatory authority for the issuance of alcohol licenses and permits, including:
  • manufacturer    
  • wholesaler    
  • importer     
  • farm winery
  • retail licenses
  • retailers/buyers card
  • alcohol beverage caterer
  • 2 a.m. permits
  • temporary on-sale permits
  • consumption and display permits
  • brand label registration

AGED special investigators conduct inspection and compliance visits to licensed liquor establishments to ensure compliance with the state liquor laws and rules, which include promotion and trade practice violations, and illegal advertising promotions.

AGED also has a staff of sworn special agents who conduct criminal and gaming license background investigations in the areas of legalized gaming, including:

  • lawful/charitable gambling (e.g., pull-tabs, bingo, raffles, paddlewheels and tip boards)
  • gambling devices (e.g., slot machines, roulette, craps tables, electronic simulated gaming devices)
  • Minnesota Lottery
  • pari-mutuel horse racing
  • pari-mutuel card rooms 

Additional criminal investigations include illegal activities such as:

  • sports betting
  • illegal lotteries
  • lottery fraud scams

AGED also has regulatory gaming authority under Minn. Statute 299L to issue and regulate gaming device licenses. In addition, under the State-Tribal Compacts, AGED is the primary state agency granted authority to monitor and conduct inspections of Class III games (e.g., Black Jack tables and gaming devices) at the 18 tribal casinos in the state.

Please read our strategic plan to learn more about the Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division.

Related Minnesota Liquor Statutes


Regulatory Statutes and Agency Regulations for State Authorized Gambling


Criminal Statutes Regarding Gambling



Michele Tuchner, director, AGED

Michele Tuchner was appointed director of Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement in October 2011.

Previously, she served 29 years with the Minnesota State Patrol, retiring as lieutenant colonel.

In her tenure as a Patrol captain, Tuchner led the technological transition of the Patrol’s statewide radio and communications networks. As a major, she served as the division’s legislative liaison, budget director and homeland security advisor.

Tuchner attended the Senior Management Institute for Police in Boston, and Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command.



AGED currently has a staff of 19 full-time positions, including: seven sworn agents (director, senior special agent, and five special agents); three (non-sworn) special (liquor) investigators; one law enforcement liaison and six administrative personnel.



The Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division (AGED) was created in 1996 when two independent divisions of the Department of Public Safety, i.e., Gambling Enforcement and Liquor Control were merged. The merger combined the knowledge and expertise of the law enforcement division of Gambling Enforcement with that of the civil and regulatory background of the Liquor Control Division.