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Stephen J. Lee, Forum News Service, Published January 29 2013

Former Minn. farmer found in field to be remembered Friday at funeral home

WARREN, Minn. - A former Warren, Minn., farmer will be mourned Friday at a service, a week after his frozen body was found in a field only a quarter-mile from his home east of the city.

Wayne Omdahl, 59, had been missing for a week when his body was found Jan. 24 after a ground and air search, according to Marshall County Sheriff John Novacek.

Omdahl last was seen Jan. 17 about 15 miles east of Warren on his Polaris all-terrain vehicle.

He sometimes stayed with friends in the area, so it wasn’t until about 9:30 p.m., Jan. 23, that a family member reported him missing.

A search involving about 30 local, state and federal agents on Jan. 24 soon led to his body being found a quarter-mile from his ATV, which was stuck in a field, and about a quarter-mile from his home, where he apparently was trying to walk. His home is about 11 miles east of Warren.

The cause of death was hypothermia based on preliminary results from the autopsy performed in Grand Forks, according to Novacek’s office.

According to his obituary, his death is dated Jan. 17.

Temperatures fell to near or below zero each night from Jan. 17 on and to near 20 below in the days just before his body was found Jan. 24.

Omdahl grew up on the farm where he lived, worked there for years before moving to Embarrass, Minn., for several years, before returning to the farm, according to his obituary.

He is survived by three children, his mother, and a brother and a sister.

A visitation begins at 2 p.m. Friday, with sharing of memories at 2:30 p.m., in DuBore Funeral Home in Warren, according to his obituary.