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A stone pillar at the church entrance, with the Butler highway sign and, in the background, the dairy silos--which reflect the economic backbone of the village--which observed its 125th anniversary in 2008.

Church, town inseparable in Butler

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Butler hosted its fourth annual "Butler Days" May 2, but in a sense, the tiny community was celebrating something much more profound: A resurrection, of sorts.

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It was almost ten years ago to the day--Mother's Day morning, 1999--that the little place called Butler almost died.

Lightning struck Butler's Holy Cross Catholic Church, around 3 a.m., and within hours the church was a total loss--estimated at $500,000.

Officially, Butler is a township.

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