Winter preparations are almost complete at the Ward County Historical Society.
That's not uncommon for the museum that is housed on the grounds of the North Dakota State Fair.
The lead up to this winter has been anything but normal however.
The North Dakota State Fair Board has been working to remove the Historical Society from the property over the last year.
The Fair hopes to free up more space for future projects -- perhaps a new building and more space for fair goers in the summer.
The Historical Society contends that they don't have to leave, saying an agreement made decades ago gives them the right to be there.
The State Fair board had hoped to make a final decision by its September meeting on the matter, but that meeting came and went without any sort of ultimatum being made to the Society.
Treasurer of the group Bruce Brooks has said if they are told to leave they would take the matter to court
That that hasn't happened yet, so they are moving on like normal, simply preparing for winter.
(Bruce Brooks, Historical Society Treasurer)"We're just waiting. In the meantime, we're progressing. We're just about done with the fixup from the flood. We're winterizing the place in other words to get ready for next year and we're doing a lot of planning for the events and the things we'll be doing next year."
North Dakota State Fair President, Gary Knell, told us on the phone that lawyers of both parties are still trying to reach an agreement that will lead to a positive outcome.