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The Reverend Terry Finnern will retire in May. He has been a pastor in the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod for 38 years and served Zion Lutheran Church in Alexandria for the last 12 years. (Echo Press photo by Lowell Anderson)

Finnern retires after 38 years of ministry

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For 38 years, the Reverend Terry Finnern has served God and his people. In May, the head pastor for Zion Lutheran Church in Alexandria will retire.


"I have seen the hand of God at work in the lives of the people He has called me to serve. I have cried with them and I have smiled with them. Through it all, I knew, and I still know, that God is with them," Finnern said.

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Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper. After graduating from St. Cloud State University, Amy’s first job was at KSAX-TV working as an anchor and reporter. From 2003-2010, Amy worked as an editor and reporter for the Pope County Tribune and Starbuck Times newspapers. During her journalism career, Amy earned writing and photography awards from the Associated Press, Minnesota Newspaper Association and Society of Professional Journalists. Amy and her husband, Brandon, live in Alexandria and together write “He Sez, She Sez,” a humor column in the local women’s magazine, Chicz
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