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Legal battle over Ten Commandments in Fargo may continue

FARGO -- A legal battle with a secular rights group that has cost the city of Fargo more than $120,000 is not over. A lawyer for the Red River Freethinkers intends to appeal an Aug. 25 ruling by a three-judge panel that sided with the city in a d...

FARGO - A legal battle with a secular rights group that has cost the city of Fargo more than $120,000 is not over. A lawyer for the Red River Freethinkers intends to appeal an Aug. 25 ruling by a three-judge panel that sided with the city in a dispute over a monument of the Ten Commandments on public property near City Hall, said Charles Sawicki, president of the group. Two lawsuits has spanned more than a decade in the fight between the city and the Freethinkers group, claiming the monument violates the separation of church and state. The first Freethinkers suit ended in 2005 when a judge ruled that the monument could stay because it represented both religious and secular messages.

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