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Harlan Hegna is working on his documentary "Finding Faith," a project that led him to the Middle East. He visited the Evangelical Lutheran School in Beit Sahour, Palestine, where he filmed a 30-minute documentary about the four Lutheran schools there. Hegna said he was given a place to stay for a week in exchange for volunteering to make a film to raise awareness about the schools. submitted photo

Faith journey leads Bemidji native to Israel

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BEMIDJI - A journey to discover his own faith has led Harlan Hegna to take a pilgrimage to Israel.

Born and raised in Bemidji, Hegna, 27, is an independent filmmaker now living in Los Angeles.

"When I was 9 years old my brother was killed in a car accident," Hegna told the Pioneer. "That was when I lost my faith."

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Steve Wagner
Grand Forks Herald Editor Steve Wagner can be reached at 701.780.1104 and swagner@gfherald.com. Prior to joining the Herald, Wagner worked at the Bemidji (Minn.) Pioneer and The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. He also previously worked at newspapers in the Twin Cities and Iowa.
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