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Minnesota Hindu Milan Mandir treasurer Satya Balroop, left, and president Sakhi Chand Sharma have been working to transform the former Farmington Lutheran Church on Walnut Street into a gathering place for Minnesota Hindus. There is a new altar in the building's sanctuary and several rows of pews have been removed because many prefer to sit on the floor during services.

Hindu community is growing in Farmington

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If things work out the way Satya Balroop would like them to, Farmington may soon be a center of Hindu culture in Minnesota.

Balroop is the treasurer of a group called Minnesota Hindu Milan Mandir, which has been in the city for nearly a year now, housed in a building that for many years was home to Farmington Lutheran Church. The group has been slow to make its presence known. There was too much other work to do, fixing the building's roof and getting it ready for the public.


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Nathan Hansen
Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.
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