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NORTH DAKOTA NEWS: Appeal rejected in wheelchair case ... Ponies rescued

Court rejects appeal: The North Dakota Supreme Court has rejected the state's appeal in the case of a Fargo man who said his apartment building was not equipped to handle wheelchairs.

Court rejects appeal: The North Dakota Supreme Court has rejected the state's appeal in the case of a Fargo man who said his apartment building was not equipped to handle wheelchairs.

The justices upheld the dismissal of the case against Matrix Properties Corp. of Fargo, on grounds that Evert Johnson's 2005 discrimination complaint was filed too late.

The state Labor Department had appealed on Johnson's behalf.

Johnson said the apartment building doors were not wide enough and the thresholds were too high for him to move through the halls. He alleged discrimination under fair housing laws.

Southeast District Judge Frank Racek dismissed the case after Matrix argued the complaint should have been filed within two years after construction was completed in 1998.

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Ponies rescued: A Mandan organization is taking in 20 miniature ponies that were allegedly neglected by a breeder in Florida.

Triple-H Miniature Horse Rescue Director Allison Smith said the American Humane Association asked her operation to take in the ponies. She said it will take at least six months to nurse them back to health so they can be put up for adoption.

Spokeswoman Kelley Weir said the American Humane Association is providing as much as $2,000 for the care of the horses. The horse rescue operation and the Saving Animals For Everyone Sanctuary in Florida are covering the rest of the cost, which Weir said has surpassed $8,000.

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