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The Gethsemane Church in Appleton was the first church erected in Swift County. Preserve Appleton's Heritage Inc., is hoping the 1879 bui-lding can be saved after sewage filled its basement and went unnoticed for months. Tribune file photo

Effort to save Swift Co.'s first church is on again

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APPLETON -- Randy Twitchell could not believe the generosity of people -- many of them strangers -- who donated thousands of dollars to save the historic Episcopal church in Appleton, the first church erected in Swift County.


Now he feels he can't let them down, as he faces the difficult challenge of preserving the historic structure he and others saved just six years ago.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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