Ranch For Kids trial set for November

2012-07-29T11:48:00Z 2013-03-28T13:58:05Z Ranch For Kids trial set for NovemberThe Associated Press The Associated Press
July 29, 2012 11:48 am  • 

HELENA - A Montana judge has set a Nov. 13 trial date on whether state regulators can order a ranch for troubled adopted children from foreign countries to shut down.

District Judge James Wheelis set the date during a recent conference call with operators of the Ranch for Kids and the lawyer for a state Department of Labor and Industry board.

Regulators have been trying to shut down the Eureka ranch since last year, saying the ranch has been operating without a license since 2010.

Ranch owner Joyce Sterkel says the ranch is no longer under the board's authority because it became part of a church mission last year.

The northwestern Montana ranch has been under scrutiny since Russian government officials were denied access to visit Russian-born children staying there.

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