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Amish Ordnung dictates the structure of life for those who live in Amish houses like this one in southeastern Minnesota. The house does not have conveniences like central heating, telephones, or television.

Most Minnesota Amish live around the town of Harmony in Fillmore County, although there are also communities in north central Minnesota.

Two Amish buggies in southern Minnesota cross paths. The Amish use buggies instead of automobiles to keep their Christian communities small and close-knit.

This buggy in southeastern Minnesota, likely belonging to the Old Order or Swartzentruber Amish, is very plain and lacks the orange safety triangles or reflective tape that more liberal Amish have agreed to use.

These Amish buggies in southern Minnesota do not have the orange and red triangle that slow moving vehicles typically use. A group of Minnesota Amish went to court over the signs, claiming they burdened their religious beliefs.

A group of Amish men working together to build a new barn demonstrates Amish self-reliance.

The conscience clause of the Minnesota Constitution guarantees any citizen the freedom to practice their religion "according to the dictates of his conscience" as long as it doesn't interfere with public peace or safety.

An example of mulch basin gray water treatment systems.

Around 5,000 Amish live in Minnesota, concentrated in Fillmore County along the state's border with Iowa.

As teenagers, Amish youth enter a period called Rumspringa, when they increase their social activity and decide whether to join the Amish church. A lower percentage of New Order Amish decide to join the church than with the Old Order Amish.