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The retired Rev. Benjamin Tims of Cottage Grove, Minn., who died Oct. 29, 2013.

Pastor killed in accident recalled for decades of church work

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COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. -- The Rev. Benjamin Tims Sr., was a great church planter, a manager and a fabulous preacher, his son-in-law John Magee said.


“He was sort of a renaissance guy,” Magee recalled. “He’d do a little bit of everything. … He loved to split wood. He loved working with his hands, so building churches was what he enjoyed most.”

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Scott Wente
Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
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