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Nicollet, MN-AP, July 24, 2002) — Wide-eyed teenage boys lined up at the Mirage Pure Gold early Wednesday as the strip club, battling this small town over rules barring nude dancing, opened its doors to all ages.

Although the dancers kept their clothes on for the night, about a 100 people age 16 and up paid a $10 cover to watch the ladies' moves.

The Mirage Pure Gold opened last year in this town of about 900, in southern Minnesota. At the time the town had no zoning rules for adult businesses.

City leaders quickly convened and on Wednesday morning, the town's recently adopted adult-use ordinance took effect, requiring dancers to be covered - however scantily. But the ordinance said nothing about age requirements.

In response, the Mirage had its dancers cover up - but also opened its doors to kids as young as 16.

"If the city wants to play these games with us, we'll play," said Dave Benzinger, one of the club's owners.

On Wednesday, the mostly male audience hollered and whistled into the early morning hours as the dancers moved to rock music wearing their warm-up suits.

"It wouldn't be any different than kids going into a Hooters or a place where they have a bikini contest," Benzinger said.

Dan Wietecha, city administrator, wouldn't comment on the owners' plans. But he said if the club complies with the ordinance, the city will not take action.

Benzinger said the club's attorneys plan to go to federal court to seek an injunction prohibiting the city from enforcing its new ordinance until after a federal hearing can be held.

(Copyright 2002 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Last Updated: Jul 24, 2002

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