Wadena officials were forced to take down a Christmas display by the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), which threatened to sue the city. After forty years of displaying the Nativity scene, Wadena officials sold the figures to the Wadena Ministerial Association for $25, who displayed it on private property.
The Christian community of Wadena took matters into their own hands, blanketing the town with nativity scenes in response…hundreds of them.
Mayor George Deiss said, "I’m hoping we lit a little spark and the rest of the nation will catch on.” Deiss himself has at least eight Nativity scenes on display outside his home, and he estimates that Wadena residents have put up at least one thousand. See Atheists force Minnesota town to pull Nativity scene: residents’ response is epic.