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Editorial: Surprising diversity in Farmington

It's easy to forget sometimes the kind of diversity you can find in Farmington if you take the time to look.

Certainly, the population is largely white, mostly middle class, but there are some resources here you wouldn't necessarily expect to find in a city of just over 20,000 on the edge of a metropolitan area.

Consider the city's religious communities. There are the expected Lutheran and Catholic churches. There are Methodists and Baptists. But that is far from all.

Drive east on Highway 50, and tucked among the corn fields you will find a Buddhist temple. Though the statue of Buddha was moved inside several years ago, the structure that stands is striking for how out of place it seems. It looks like it was pulled straight from Asia. It houses monks, and is the site of several special events each year.

The group that runs the temple has worked with local congregations on a kind of religious exchange, where members visit to find out what the organization is all about.

The home of the area's Hindu population in Farmington is less architecturally unique. It used to be a Lutheran church. But it is still an interesting resource to find surrounded by century-old wooden houses. The organization has been in Farmington for about a year and has looked for ways to reach out to its neighbors.

It would be worthwhile for the neighbors, and for everyone in Farmington, to reach back.

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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