- Associated Press - Sunday, January 8, 2017

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - The long-running dispute over whether the Ward County Historical Society’s museum will be allowed to remain on the North Dakota State Fairgrounds in Minot is going to trial.

An advisory jury will hear the case beginning Tuesday and eventually give its opinion to a judge, who will make a final decision, the Minot Daily News reported (https://bit.ly/2hfot4D).

The North Dakota State Fair Association wants to evict the Historical Society’s Pioneer Village, saying the lease of the property is up and that it wants the land for other uses.

The society maintains it has a right to maintain its museum on the fairgrounds under terms of a 1966 agreement. The village has a schoolhouse, log cabin, train depot, general store, post office, blacksmith shop and church, among other structures.

The Fair Association first served the Historical Society with an eviction notice in December 2013 after months of talks ended without a resolution. The dispute first went to the courts in February 2014. Judge William McLees stayed an eviction action in March 2014. He ruled that more court hearings were necessary to clarify the rights of the two groups.

The state Legislature refused to get involved during the 2015 session, rejecting a bill that would have given the Historical Society the right to maintain the museum on the fairgrounds. The dispute then returned to district court.

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Information from: Minot Daily News, https://www.minotdailynews.com

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