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River Falls United Methodist Pastor Steven Kaehr (pronounced Car) succeeded Janet Ellinger in July. Kaehr, who had youthful ambitions to be a serious musician, stands by the church altar with one of his Native American flutes, this one is hand carved out of cocobolo, a tropical hardwood. Kaehr, 52, plays the flute during memorial church settings, prayer litanies, and for hospital and hospice visits. Ministry's call became unmistakably clear to this new pastor Phil Pfuehler photo

Ministry's call became unmistakably clear to this new pastor

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Steven Kaehr grew up with parallel interests: Music and the ministry. In the end, the spiritual call was the one he felt compelled to heed.

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The choice, if it can be called that, is one he says fulfilled a great-grandmother's prophecy about him shortly after birth when he was very ill and nearly died.

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Phil Pfuehler
Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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