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The Rev. Dennis R. Nelson stands in the sanctuary of Bethel Lutheran Church in downtown Hudson, where he has been the senior pastor for the past 23 years. The parish built a second church, Bethel Highlands, in the town of Hudson in 2007.

Pastor Dennis Nelson retires after 23 years at Bethel Lutheran


A passing of the torch service will be held the second Sunday of August at Bethel Lutheran Church.

The Rev. Dennis R. Nelson, the church's senior pastor for the past 23 years, will hand the leadership to incoming Pastor John Lestock, who previously served at Trinity Lutheran Church in Owatonna, Minn.

Lestock will play the role of Joshua and he will be Moses, Nelson joked during a conversation in his office in the parish's downtown church Monday afternoon.

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Randy Hanson
Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.
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