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Memorial set for Warren farmer whose body was found in field

A former Warren, Minn., farmer will be mourned Friday at a memorial service, a week after his frozen body was found in a field near his home.

Wayne Omdahl, 59, last was seen Jan. 17 about 15 miles east of Warren on his Polaris all-terrain vehicle. His body was found Jan. 24 after a ground and air search of an hour or two, according to Marshall County Sheriff John Novacek.

Omdahl was known for driving around the area on his ATV, and he sometimes stayed with friends, so it wasn't until about 9:30 p.m. Jan. 23, that a family member reported him missing, Jim Duckstad, office manager for the sheriff' s office said.

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

The cause of death was hypothermia, based on preliminary results from the autopsy performed in Grand Forks, Novacek said Tuesday in a news release.

In Omdahl's obituary, his death is dated Jan. 17. Temperatures fell to near or below zero that night and the nights that followed.

He grew up on the farm where he lived and worked for decades, his obituary said. After living in Embarrass, Minn., for several years, he returned to live on the farm.

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

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