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Minnesota pastor pens mystery thriller

ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- A pastor and former Alexandria resident has penned a mystery thriller that combines traditional archery, deer hunting, big-game poaching, murder and massage therapy.

ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- A pastor and former Alexandria resident has penned a mystery thriller that combines traditional archery, deer hunting, big-game poaching, murder and massage therapy.

Dick Weaver's "Rubbed the Wrong Way" is set in Yellow Medicine County, where the author lived in the late 1990s.

The book revolves around Tom Cleary, a massage therapist in Maddock Falls, Minn. One of his clients, a fellow bowhunter, is murdered while out hunting. Cleary, a former police officer and an ordained minister who has left the ministry, wants to find out who did it. He begins to draw the attention of the killers, who don't want anyone interfering with their poaching operations.

"I wanted to do a little exploring into why people commit acts of violence, but more importantly, what crime and violence do to us as human beings," Weaver said. "I hope it's a good story, and I hope I encourage readers to think about the choices we make."

Weaver was ordained as a minister of the United Church of Christ in 1986 at First Congregational UCC in Alexandria. He has served as an interim minister in churches in Waubun, Fergus Falls, Benson and Lake City, and managed Pilgrim Point Camp on Lake Ida north of Alexandria in the late 1990s.

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He is the spouse of the Rev. Cathy Barker, who was minister at Granite Falls UCC from 1991 to 1999. He owned and operated Willow Tree Massage Therapy in Granite Falls, enjoys bowhunting, and now serves with Cathy as co-pastor at Plymouth Congregational Church, UCC, in Helena, Mont.

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