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Associated Press, Published July 20 2009

City of Fargo asks judge to throw out monument suit

FARGO (AP) - The city of Fargo is asking a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit by a group opposing a downtown Ten Commandments monument.

The Red River Freethinkers filed its original lawsuit in 2008 and a revised version in May. The group claims the city gave the monument a religious purpose in voting two years ago to keep it.

The city on Monday filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, saying the group has not met the standards to have the case considered in federal court.

The monument was donated to the city in 1958, to commemorate an urban renewal project. It was installed on its current site near the Fargo Civic Auditorium in 1961.

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