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Records Name Filipino Church As Buyer Of Town

September 26, 2011, 10:44 AM

SCENIC, SD - Pennington County records show that a church based in the Philippines is the buyer of a western South Dakota town put up for sale.
 
Scenic was once known as a Wild West town next to the Badlands.  The woman who owns much of the property chose a buyer in August but did not reveal who it was. 

Documents show that a Filipino church called Iglesia Ni Cristo, or Church of Christ, paid $700,000 for the property. The church's website shows congregations in dozens of countries and 42 states, with U.S. offices in a San Francisco suburb.

The church hasn't commented on the purchase. Realtor Dave Olson says he signed a nondisclosure agreement and can't talk about the buyer or the buyer's plans.

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