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Rural Cass County church is getting a new life

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Wild Rice, ND (WDAY TV) - A pioneer-settled church in rural Cass County will have something to celebrate this summer… windows with new life.

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For more than a year, parishioners at St. Benedict's Catholic Church in Wild Rice, have been raising tens of thousands of dollars to repair and restore the century old stained glass windows.

Those windows were installed in the church in 1914.

The church recently celebrated its centennial year.

The French Canadien families who settled Wild Rice in the late 1800's, raised money to buy the windows when the church was first built.

Over the years, the lead in the stained glass became brittle, which raised concerns over preserving the stained glass, and so, all eleven windows were restored and installed this week by Michael Orchard studio of Fargo.

Michael Orchard/ Michael Orchard Studio: “A lot of this stuff, immigrant German painters, they were the great painters, during the depression, 90-percent of us went out of business, we are a luxury and you cannot eat stained glass.  Then it has come back into style, more churches and residential and it does add to a structure.”

225-families make up the St. Benedict's congregation today.

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Kevin Wallevand
Kevin Wallevand has been a Reporter at WDAY-TV since 1983. He is a native of Vining, Minnesota in Otter Tail County. His series and documentary work have brought him to Africa, Vietnam, Haiti, Kosovo, South America, Mongolia and the Middle East. He is an Emmy and Edward R. Murrow award recipient.
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