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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.

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.

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.

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

An Amish buggy in the snow near the Minnesota-Iowa border.

A sign on U.S. Highway 52 between Harmony and Preston, Minnesota alerts passengers to slower Amish buggy traffic along the route.

Total refugee arrivals to Minnesota from 2000 to 2011 by country of origin.

Total refugee arrivals to Minnesota from 2000 to 2011.