Nativity scenes spring up in MN town

Tuesday, December 22, 2015
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

Nativity 1A town in Minnesota has responded to an atheist complaint about a nativity scene by emphasizing the reason for the season throughout the city.

Last January, a local atheist complained that Wadena's nativity scene, placed on city property, was a violation of the separation of church and state.

Wadena is a town of approximately 4,000 in north-central Minnesota. 

City officials considered the complaint throughout the year and Mayor George Weiss tells OneNewsNow that council members responded to the complaint in a November meeting by voting to sell the nativity props to the Wadena Ministerial Association for $25.

"Then they would be free to put it up anywhere that wasn't city or county property," the mayor says of the decision.

The controversy over the town's nativity scene launched a Facebook page encouraging town residents to put up nativities all across Wadena.

According to Mayor Weiss, there are "well over a thousand" displayed across the city now.

Although an atheist tried to dampen the Christmas spirit, Weiss says, the town responded with an explosion of the Christmas spirit. 

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