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Associated Press, Published October 07 2010

Red River Freethinkers appealing Fargo Ten Commandments monument ruling

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A group opposed to a Ten Commandments monument in downtown Fargo is appealing the case to a circuit court.

A federal judge last month threw out a lawsuit by the Red River Freethinkers, who believe the city gave the monument a religious purpose by voting three years ago to keep it. The case was dismissed for lack of merit.

Court documents show that the Freethinkers earlier this week filed a notice of appeal to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The monument was donated to the city by the Fraternal Order of Eagles on March 8, 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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