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Complaint prompts move of Elkhorn's Nativity display

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Ian Gronau | December 18, 2013

ELKHORN -- For years, a traditional nativity display has occupied the corner of Wisconsin and Walworth streets on the square in downtown Elkhorn. So it came as a surprise to many residents that the display was moved this year to a less conspicuous location.

Following a complaint last year from the Freedom from Religion Foundation, the county implemented new rules that required the manger to be treated the same as other secular displays, and not everyone in town is happy with the move.

Even though the Christmas decorations are on county property, setting them up and maintaining them has been a function of the city for many years.

In response to the complaint, the county required that the city request a permit to put up the display.
The permit required the nativity scene be incorporated more closely with the secular decorations, because as long as it is characterized as such it would not be a violation.

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