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Published August 10, 2010, 02:04 PM

ND farmer challenges fence law

BLANCHARD, N.D. — Some lawmakers and others believe it might be time to change North Dakota’s 100-year-old fence law.

BLANCHARD, N.D. — Some lawmakers and others believe it might be time to change North Dakota’s 100-year-old fence law.

State Sen. Randy Christmann, a rancher from Hazen, proposed a legislative study on the law more than five years ago, but it went nowhere. He says the law is dated and talks about fences that are no longer in use.

A challenge to the law by Blanchard horse farmer La Verne Koenig (KOH’-nig) has been rejected by the North Dakota Supreme Court.

Deputy Attorney General Tom Trenbeath (TREN’-beth) says it’s the job of his office to defend the constitutionality of the law. But he says he won’t be surprised if the Legislature looks to update it next session.

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