Historical Society & Fair Meet in Court - KXNet.com - Bismarck/Minot/Williston/Dickinson-KXNEWS,ND

Historical Society & Fair Meet in Court

Posted: Updated:

Lawyers for both the Ward County Historical Society and the North Dakota State Fair Board were battling over the future of the Society on the fairgrounds this afternoon, and if fact, they're making closing arguments at this time.

Last month, the society was served an eviction notice -- sending the matter to the courts.

Judge William McLees is hearing the matter.

Peter Hankla, representing the fair, argued today that there is but one building that should be allowed on the site...not the large amount that now are found on the property.

He says the State Fair board is under no obligation to indefinitely provide space there for more than the one building.

However, Deb Hoffarth representing the Historical Society contends that a 1966 document that calls for a building to be found on the grounds for the group should be understood to allow the society to operate as they have been for decades.

After all, she says, the state fair has allowed expansion over decades without complaint.

After 90 minutes of testimony today, Hoffarth asked that the matter be dismissed, saying an eviction wasn't even the proper step to take because there is no lease agreement between the two sides.

She argued that this relationship between the two parties isn't a landlord-tennant one...and an eviction isn't the proper step to take.

Judge McLees denied that request.

He says he's not likely to make a ruling today.

 

  • Minot/Williston NewsMore>>

  • ATV in River - Updated Information

    ATV in River - Updated Information

    Friday, August 1 2014 9:19 AM EDT2014-08-01 13:19:23 GMT
    It turns out the ATV that ended up in the Mouse River in Minot Thursday was not unoccupied when the accident happened.  Today, Minot Police report two girls were on the 4-wheeler when it crashed down the embankment and became submerged.
    It turns out the ATV that ended up in the Mouse River in Minot Thursday was not unoccupied when the accident happened.  Today, Minot Police report two girls were on the 4-wheeler when it crashed down the embankment and became submerged.
  • Fair Pigs Test Positive for Influenza

    Fair Pigs Test Positive for Influenza

    Friday, August 1 2014 8:38 AM EDT2014-08-01 12:38:36 GMT
    Three pigs exhibited at the North Dakota State Fair last week have tested positive for an influenza strain that can be transmitted to humans.
    Three pigs exhibited at the North Dakota State Fair last week have tested positive for an influenza strain that can be transmitted to humans.
  • ATV in River

    ATV in River

    Thursday, July 31 2014 7:57 PM EDT2014-07-31 23:57:44 GMT
    Rescue crews fished a four-wheeler out of the Mouse River today.
    Rescue crews fished a four-wheeler out of the Mouse River today.
Quick Clicks
Closings/Delays
View list
Calendar
What's happening?
Lottery Results
Feeling lucky?
Viewer Photos
Submit yours!
Road Report
Current conditions
TV Listings
See what's on
Gas Prices
Check near you
E-Mail Newsletter
Signup now

Most Popular

Stories
Videos
loading...
Powered by WorldNow
General information or questions:
kxinfo@kxnet.com

News:
Bismarck:
Phone: 701-223-9197
News Fax: 701-223-1985

News:
Minot:
Phone: 701-852-2104
News Fax: 701-838-1050
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KXNET. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.