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‘Christmas in the Country’ on hold this year
Santa steps down in light of family health problems, locals rally in support
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Santa, portrayed by Rod Quies, of Cedarville, talks to sisters Hanna Martin, 9, and Brianna, 4, outside his home last year on Dec. 15. Quies has received news of illness in his family and has postponed the annual event that would have marked 20 years this year. - photo by Marissa Weiher
CEDARVILLE — Rod Quies has been known as “Santa Claus” and listening to the Christmas wishes of thousands of children for the past two decades. But this year, he won’t be putting up the lights, figurines, sleigh and other decor to hold the popular “Christmas in the Country.”

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