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The Rev. George Schmidt of Bird Island talks about a piece from his Fontanni nativity set Dec. 18 in the basement of his home. A priest at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Schmidt's 600-piece miniature biblical metropolis boasts hundreds of figurines, structures, flora and fauna. Tribune photos by Ron Adams

Away in a basement, nativity set grows

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Each figure in the Rev. George Schmit's Fontanini nativity set stands only five inches tall, but his entire collection is no little town of Bethlehem.

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His Fontanini nativity set collection began as a simple crèche handed down to the Bird Island priest of St. Mary's Catholic Church nearly 20 years ago from a parishioner at his former parish in New Ulm.

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