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Published February 18, 2012, 05:39 PM

Minneapolis-area Lutherans elect a first into the nation's largest synod

(WDAY TV) -- Minneapolis-area Lutherans elect the state's first female bishop to lead the nation's largest lutheran synod.

(WDAY TV) -- Minneapolis-area Lutherans elect the state's first female bishop to lead the nation's largest lutheran synod.

A majority of about 700 people voted to install Ann Svennungsen as the new ELCA bishop.

She is an interim college pastor at St. Olaf. The election comes as the synod works to overcome declining membership and attract more minorities.

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