A 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.