- Associated Press - Thursday, January 19, 2017

BELLE PLAINE, Minn. (AP) - A complaint from a watchdog group has prompted a Minnesota city to remove a cross from a war veterans memorial.

The cross had been recently installed on city land in Belle Plaine, about 35 miles southwest of Minneapolis. Annie Laurie Gaylor, with the Madison, Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, says the cross came off Tuesday from the memorial.

The cross sat next to a silhouette artwork of a kneeling soldier and a stone monument listing Belle Plaine’s fallen soldiers.

In October, the Freedom From Religion Foundation objected on constitutional grounds to the cross being in a public park.

City Attorney Robert Vose declined to comment to the Star Tribune (https://strib.mn/2jEuclH) about the cross coming down.

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Information from: Star Tribune, https://www.startribune.com

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