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Roger Schiller turns on Santa's sleigh in the miniature Christmas village he set up in the basement of his rural Wadena home. Santa and his sleigh spin over the village to the tune of "Santa Claus is Coming to Town."

The keepers of the Christmas village

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Roger and Leona Schiller's place in rural Wadena looks like a quiet country home but inside is a bustling village with children skating, a choir singing and Santa ho-ho-hoing.

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Roger, 73, constructed an 18-foot-long and 4-foot-wide Christmas village made of miniature Department 56 homes, shops, churches and various buildings in his basement. The buildings are lit from the inside and cast a warm glow on the village. Some of the pieces also make sounds and move.

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