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EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. (AP) — The owners of an adult-themed store that recently closed in East Grand Forks are suing the city in federal court.

Kim and Jim Patterson, owners of Fantasy’s, claim the city’s zoning code is unconstitutionally vague.

The lawsuit alleges the ordinance gives city officials “unbridled discretion” to grant or deny permission to engage in constitutionally protected activity.

Kim Patterson tells KFGO-AM she hopes for an injunction allowing the store to reopen.

City Administrator Scott Huizenga says the city received the suit Thursday and he had no comment.

Fantasy’s was open for just one day in East Grand Forks before the city shut the business down. The owners previously tried to open in Grand Forks, N.D., but the store was blocked because it was located too close to a school.

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