HISTORICAL BATTLE The latest development in the lengthy battle between the Ward County Historical Society and the North Dakota State Fair happened last week, when the historical society was ordered to remove most of the buildings in its Pioneer Village on the State Fairgrounds or face an eviction notice. Representatives of the historical society quickly noted that they had no intentions of moving any buildings, noting that it would be impossible to move the structures by the Jan. 13 date given by the fair, and reiterating that they believe terms of a 1966 contract allow the village to legally remain on the fairgrounds. Pete Hankla, attorney for the fair, said the fair does not recognize the society's right to keep most of the structures on the property, and is asking that all buildings moved onto the property after 1966 be removed. We don't see this order changing the historical society's stance at all, and we would guess the next step would be for the fair to send the society an eviction notice if the Jan. 13 deadline isn't met. After that??We'd guess the two sides will see each other in court.
GOOD WORK, CONGRESS Congratulations are in order for members of the U.S. Congress. Last week, Congress actually passed budget legislation without again resorting to the all-too-familiar grandstanding and threats of a government shutdown. We applaud lawmakers for doing, finally, what voters have every right to expect from them. The measure averts $63 billion in across-the-board spending cuts brought about by an earlier failure to pass legislation, and lawmakers expressed optimism that the agreement would help broker more bipartisanship in the future. Well, we'll gird our expectations a bit more than the hopeful lawmakers, based on the past political gamesmanship we've seen. Still, we're glad we don't have to listen to more partisan bickering about who is to blame for a government shutdown.