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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 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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