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This Town Removed Its Creche, But Residents Had Other Plans

Wadena, Minnesota, defies the typical Christmas lawsuit story.

Welcome in Wadena.

Photographer: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

With Christmas almost here, the news is full of the usual desultory stories about lawsuits demanding that one town or another take down its Nativity scene. The law in this area has long been hopelessly confused, and plenty of municipalities decide in the face of threatened litigation that discretion is the better part of valor. And the story always ends the same way: Court 1, Town 0.

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