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Published March 28, 2012, 09:31 PM

Petitioners in Support of North GF Adult Store Call it 'Freedom Issue'

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - People who are against the controversial lingerie store, Fantasy's, that's proposed in north Grand Forks have drawn a petition to stop the store from opening its doors.

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - People who are against the controversial lingerie store, Fantasy's, that's proposed in north Grand Forks have drawn a petition to stop the store from opening its doors.

But now, people who want the store to open have started a petition as well.

The second petition started on Sunday and now 204 people have signed in favor of the store's North Washington location.

395 people have signed the petition that is not in favor of the store.

People who've signed the petition in favor for the store to open believe City Council members are robbing the store owner of her First Amendment right, as well as stealing future employees from a potential job.

"It's a freedom issue for me," Darryl Danielson, who started the petition, said.

Freedom to own and operate an adult novelty shop on any city street. But the Grand Forks City Council might not let that happen.

"A lot of the city folks just don't see it the way I see it," Danielson said.

"I don't feel that it's any different from Victoria's Secret or Spencer's. I mean kids are going to see the same thing they see walking by Victoria's Secret that they see here," Sarah Duphorn, who signed the petition, said.

Some with small children say they would move their kids from Winship Elementary to another school if Fantasy's were to open.

"When you have lifetime citizens asking that a store that is just now coming here be moved because of logical reasons, they should help us out," Caroline Gallegos, who started the petition against the proposed location said.

Still people that live a few blocks from the school don't think the store will cause any harm.

"You can see Washington, but you just see cars driving by. They're not going to go 'oh look, mom, look it's adult stuff.' Kids aren't going to know what it is," Duphorn said.

Danielson, who spearheaded the petition in support of Fantasy's North Washington location believes the crossing guard as well as the store owner would stop kids if they happen to wander into the store.

"I understand it's by a school, it's a little sketchy there. They got a crossing guard that stands up there at that intersection, a kid's not going to go into that store," Danielson said.

And a grandmother of young children is worried if the store doesn't open, she'll lose another place of potential employment.

"I wouldn't mind working here, I think it would be kind of fun," Duphorn said.

The signature goal for the petition in favor of Fantasy's is set at 22,000.


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