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Published November 03, 2012, 09:23 AM

North Dakota judge upholds restriction on adult businesses

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota judge has upheld a Grand Forks ordinance that prevented an adult-oriented business from opening a store near a Grand Forks elementary school.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota judge has upheld a Grand Forks ordinance that prevented an adult-oriented business from opening a store near a Grand Forks elementary school.

The Grand Forks Herald reports that District Court Judge Lawrence Jahnke denied an appeal by owners Jim and Kim Patterson. They had appealed a city ordinance banning adult-oriented businesses from opening near schools, churches and most residential areas.

The Pattersons had planned to open Fantasy's, a shop selling lingerie, video and adult toys, in a busy commercial area one block away from an elementary school. The Grand Forks City Council passed the ordinance in April, preventing the store from opening.

The judge said the city has offered sufficient legitimate reason for restricting the sale of sexual devices within certain areas.

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