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City of Keokuk still trying to demolish historic church

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Keokuk officials have been fighting for years to gain control of the city's oldest standing church and tear it down, saying it poses a public danger.

But powers beyond the city's control seem to be getting in the way.

City leaders appeared set to win that fight at a June 29 hearing, when a member of the now-defunct preservation group Christ Vision proposed simply transferring the deed of the old Unitarian Church to the city.

But the judge said it's not that simple.

He says Christ Vision must reincorporate, call a meeting and vote on the deed transfer.

The judge set the next hearing in the matter for Sept. 26.

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