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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.

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"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. He joined the Herald in April 2013, and previously worked as editor at the Bemidji (Minn.) Pioneer and in several newsroom roles -- including news director, investigative reporter and cops/court reporter - at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. His reporting experience includes extensive reporting related to Dru Sjodin's disappearance and the federal death penalty case for her murderer, Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., along with projects about immigration, the fatal 2002 train derailment in Minot, N.D., and the 20th anniversary of Gordon Kahl's massacre of U.S. marshals. Wagner also worked as a reporter at newspapers in the Twin Cities and Iowa. In his spare time, Wagner is an avid runner and occasionally writes about his experiences on his blog, Addicted to Running.
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