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Photo by Rachelle Klemme The Rev. Russell Karnes is the new pastor at First Missionary Baptist Church in Wadena.

Karnes happy to be serving church in hockey-crazy Minnesota

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The new pastor at First Missionary Baptist Church is a first-time Minnesota resident.

"I love hockey so I guess I came to the right state," the Rev. Russell Karnes said.


In fact, when he traveled to Wadena as a candidate in March, it was his first visit to Minnesota ever. He said that relatives in the Twin Cities area put in a good word about the state.

"I prayed about it and this is where the Lord led me," he said. "I believe that this is where God wants me to be."

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