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Appeals court reverses decision on Fargo monument

FARGO (AP) -- A lawsuit opposing a Ten Commandments monument on Fargo city property can move forward, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday in reversing a decision by a federal judge.

A three-judge panel ruled that the Red River Freethinkers should be allowed to proceed with its action against the city and sent the lawsuit back to district court. The ruling extends a debate that began in 2002 when the group filed its first suit in federal court.

"Of course we're elated and we're planning to go forward with the case," said Bruce Schoenwald, lawyer for the Freethinkers. "I assume it will go to trial at some point if we can't get it resolved some other way."

John Baker and Stacey Tjon Bossart, attorneys for the city, were not available for comment Friday.