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The First Lutheran Church of Hines, located at 17713 Lookout Tower Road, was built in 1915, with the front edition being added on in the late 1980s. Brian Matthews | Bemidji Pioneer

The last worship: Member says church closing similar to “a death in the family”


HINES – Travel north of Bemidji on Highway 71, just past Gull Lake, and you will pass through Beltrami County’s Hines Township, easily missed if you blink while driving past its highway sign.

Not much stands the test of time in Hines, a township with a population of 689 people in the 2010 U.S. Census. Many residents have come and gone, moving to bigger communities in the area or leaving the state all together.

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