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'Retired' pastor comes to Bay City church's rescue

BAY CITY--Pastor Gene Hasselquist professes to love life, so much so he's determined not to let retirement get in its way.

Hasselquist had retired in 1987 as pastor at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Red Wing, where he'd arrived in 1970. Ever since, he's found plenty to keep him busy, not the least of which is serving the congregation of Tabor Lutheran Church in Bay City over the past year.

"They had a disagreement and Pastor Wilson wasn't going to serve them anymore," he explained Friday about how he came to be called for preaching duty, referring to William Wilson at nearby Svea Lutheran in Hager City. "But the bishop allowed them (Tabor members) to stay together."

So the "retiree" now preaches once a month, visits shut-ins and gives communion, he said.

Read more in the print version of the Herald Sept. 26.

Bill Kirk

Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.

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