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Historical Society & Fair Meet in Court

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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.

 

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