After 27 years in the ministry, the Rev. Paul Hermansen of Mount Si Lutheran Church in North Bend recently celebrated something new. He presided over his...

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After 27 years in the ministry, the Rev. Paul Hermansen of Mount Si Lutheran Church in North Bend recently celebrated something new. He presided over his 26-year-old son’s ordination service.

“This was something way beyond anything I ever hoped for,” said Hermansen. “Being a pastor is rewarding, but it isn’t easy. I didn’t expect my son to follow.”

One unofficial expectation in the tradition-steeped Lutheran Church is that pastors’ kids (known as PKs) will engage in a bit of rebellion. Chris Hermansen, said his father, never adhered to that expectation.

“Chris has been involved in the church all his life,” Hermansen said. “He did other things, too. He was an all-state goalie in Oregon when he was in high school.”

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The younger Hermansen moves next week to Arizona, where he will be an associate pastor. Bishop Michael Neils, who oversees the Lutheran churches there, helped with the ordination service. He spoke right after Rachel Hermansen, Chris’ sister, sang a solo.

Neils joked that if Chris didn’t work out in Arizona, the church would recruit Rachel. But she’s already taken.

Rachel, 24, starts as a special-education teacher in Oregon next month.

As for Paul Hermansen, he has faith in the spiritual and social life of the church. He met his wife, Sue, in a Minnesota Lutheran church 27 years ago.

About town

“Robin’s out walking the streets,” said Amber Liebenson, a staff member in the Issaquah Salmon Days Festival office.

The double entendre perfectly described Robin Kelley’s activities yesterday. Kelley is executive director of the annual festival held the first weekend in October.

She was walking the streets of downtown Issaquah to measure space in preparation for booth assignments. “People see us walking the streets and get excited about Salmon Days,” Kelley said. “Walking the streets is also a good way to get out of the office for the day.”

Bark lark

Those early-morning shifts have driven Kent Phillips and Alan Budwill to the dogs — again. The morning team at KPLZ-FM (101.5) organized the 9th Annual Kent & Alan Wiener Dog Races at Emerald Downs in Auburn. Two dozen purebred dachshunds will do the 50-yard dash between horse races tomorrow night. Yes, this is an honor.

Hundreds of dachshund owners tried to enter their pups in this event. “We get calls in January from owners wanting to know when the wiener-dog races are,” said Jen Pirak, spokeswoman for the radio station. “The dogs start from the horse-race gates and they’re all over the track. Sometimes owners will be chasing them around the grass infield afterward.”

There will be two heats. The top six dogs in each heat will compete for the grand prize and title of 2005 Fastest Wiener. Among those entered in the competition are Jake of Redmond, owned by Maggie Mosholder; Frankie of Kirkland, owned by Asher Brown; Cadillac of Kirkland, owned by Tanya Saddler; and Gracy of Renton, owned by Brianna Wonh. Keebler of Woodinville, owned by Nicole Trolio, is an alternate.

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