North Mankato is pushing ahead with its ordinance on Tobacco 21.

On a vote of 3-1, the City Council approved moving forward with raising the purchasing age from 18 to 21, despite a verbal agreement that the issue would be in conjunction with Mankato. But North Mankato passed the issue last month and Mankato failed to move forward.

Mayor Mark Dehen has spearhead the initiative and was in favor of going ahead on Monday night.

“Being sensitive to Mankato’s situation and things that are arising both locally with Saint Peter and with the State, I would consider a recommendation that we publish it and enforce it with an implementation date of January 1 of 2019,” said Dehen. “That would give our local retailers time to prepare for it. It would also allow further grassroots efforts to make this happen on both sides of the River. Both in Saint Peter and hopefully at some point in the future, Mankato.”

Saint Peter will put a finale vote to Tobacco 21 in April.

North Mankato joins Edina, St Louis Park, Bloomington and Plymouth as Cities in Minnesota to increase the purchasing age.