Minnesota congregation holds vigil as church fire anniversary approaches

It’s been two years since fire destroyed an historic Minnesota church building.  Investigators determined the blaze that destroyed the building of St. Mary’s church in Melrose, Minnesota, but no arrests have been made and a motive for the fire has not been determined.

WJON radio reports church members held a prayer vigil this week as the two-year anniversary of the March 11, 2016 fire approaches.  A report in MPR News says members of the 120-year-old church have divided into two groups for worship because of the damaged building.

Church leaders last month decided to move forward with plans to rebuild.  KSTP television says the estimated cost to replace the building is $8 million.

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