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Although the Passion Drama was cancelled this year, the crucifixion scene was portrayed all day Friday in front of Zion Lutheran Church in Alexandria. (Echo Press photo by Lowell Anderson)

Enshrouded in a sunlit haze: Zion's Passion Drama and Guarding of the Tomb

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As the morning fog lifted, smoke saturated the midday air on Easter Eve. Roman soldiers prepared to take a sizzling steak break during the annual Guarding of the Tomb reenactment at Zion Lutheran Church on 3rd Avenue in Alexandria.


Clarence Rasmussen manned the kettle grill, flipping and serving the crew's chow. Equipped with knives, the men were ready to eat, much like the Romans may have in the past.

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Crystal Dey

Crystal Dey is a staff reporter for the Echo Press. Originally from Minnesota’s Iron Range, Dey worked for newspapers in North Dakota, Florida and Connecticut before returning to her home state to join the Echo Press in October 2011. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Staff Reporter Crystal Dey on Twitter @Crystal_Dey.

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