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Mandan bar files federal lawsuit over mural

May 22, 2019
FILE - In this April 19, 2019, file photo, Brian Berube, co-owner of the Lonesome Dove on "the Strip," poses for a photo in Mandan, N.D. The owners of the Mandan bar have filed a federal lawsuit against the city over the mural after officials ordered its removal. Lonesome Dove owners filed their lawsuit Monday, May 20, 2019, in U.S. District Court, seeking a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction to allow the artwork on the bar's front wind block. (Mike McCleary/The Bismarck Tribune via AP, File)
FILE - In this April 19, 2019, file photo, Brian Berube, co-owner of the Lonesome Dove on "the Strip," poses for a photo in Mandan, N.D. The owners of the Mandan bar have filed a federal lawsuit against the city over the mural after officials ordered its removal. Lonesome Dove owners filed their lawsuit Monday, May 20, 2019, in U.S. District Court, seeking a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction to allow the artwork on the bar's front wind block. (Mike McCleary/The Bismarck Tribune via AP, File)

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — The owners of a Mandan bar have filed a federal lawsuit over a mural that city officials ordered removed.

Lonesome Dove owners filed their lawsuit against the city Monday in U.S. District Court, seeking a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction to allow the artwork on the bar’s front wind block.

The Bismarck Tribune says the mural depicts a rearing horseman against brown hills at sunset. The Mandan City Commission ordered the bar to remove it because the business doesn’t have a permit for the outdoor artwork. The Mandan Architectural Review Commission later denied their permit application, because city guidelines state that no mural may be placed on the front of the building.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com

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