Groups want to buy Holmen land to remove star and crossTwo groups want to buy a small piece of land owned by the village of Holmen, which has a religious star and cross on it.
Two groups want to buy a small piece of land owned by the village of Holmen, which has a religious star and cross on it.
The Freedom from Religion Foundation in Madison says it will offer at least $500 for the 30-by-30-foot property – five times its appraised value.
The American Humanist Association of Washington says it will bid at least $500 – and if they get the land, they say the cross will be gone.
The Holmen Lions Club has maintained the religious display for 50 years. It, too, plans to make a bid, but it wouldn’t disclose its offer.
The star and cross are normally lit up during the 40 days of Lent.
A Holmen resident complained about the display last March, saying it should not be on government property.
The village bought the land about five years ago. It’s located near a reservoir.
The Village Board will decide next month what to do with the purchase offers.