Governor Tim Walz ordered flags in Minnesota to be flown at half-staff to honor Reverend Brian Alnes, a first responder who was a youth pastor in Rochester back in the early 2000s.

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The proclamation reads,

"Reverend Brian Alnes dedicated eight years of service as a first responder and firefighter with the Crystal Fire Department and as a first responder in Swanville, as well as serving as a reserve chaplain for both the Morrison County and Todd County sheriff’s offices."

The Reverend passed away January 4, 2022, from complications from a medical condition obtained in the line of duty and is survived by his wife and four children.

"With its deepest gratitude, the State of Minnesota recognizes Reverend Alnes for his dedicated service to, and sacrifice for, his fellow Minnesotans, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and community."

Salem Road Covenant Church - Google
Salem Road Covenant Church - Google

For a short time, The Reverand served in Rochester as Salem Road Covenant Church youth pastor.

Getting Out Of Your Comfort Zone

A couple of important points from Brian Alnes's obituary,

  • Brian was known as the “Pastor of Discomfort” because he was always helping people to get out of their comfort zones so they could meet Christ personally. He touched countless lives for Christ in his more than 31 years of ministry.
  • Brian had an infectious laugh and a mischievous smile. He was kind, compassionate, and caring, with a work ethic as big as his personality. He lived life to the fullest and for many years concluded his voicemail greeting with an invitation to, “Have a great day and remember who gave it to you!”
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