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From left, Sisters of the Order of St. Benedict Theresa Lodomeier, Stephen Kurpiers and Marina Schlangen stand by the convent that has been their home at St. Mary's Mission in Red Lake. After 121 years, the convent's sisters will no longer have a presence at Red Lake beginning next month. Pioneer Photo/Molly Miron

St. Mary's Mission: Benedictine sisters to leave Red Lake after 121 years

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On Oct. 11, 1884, 112 Red Lake Nation members sent a letter asking the Benedictine abbot of St. John's Abbey to bring a mission and school to Red Lake.

"We were invited," said Sister Marina Schlangen. "They signed a petition, and those who couldn't write signed an X."

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