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Derek Wellnitz, age 43, of Pipestone, MN, died Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Fall, SD.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, July 17, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Leo Catholic Church in Pipestone. Interment will take place at a later date. Visitation was held on Sunday, July 16 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the church with a prayer service at 8:30 p.m.

Hartquist Funeral Home, Pipestone Chapel was in charge of arrangements.


Pamela M. Thomas, 70, of Prescott, Arizona, passed away on December 10, 2016, after her battle against lung cancer.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Messiah Lutheran Church in Hoffman, Minnesota, on Saturday, July 22, from 1:00 p.m.to 4:00 p.m.


Arthur Bolles, a 1965 graduate of Elbow Lake High School, passed away at his home in Oro Valley, Arizona, on June 30, 2017. In honor of Arthur’s wishes, there will not be a service. He also requested no memorials. He will be missed.


Oran Wilberg, age 94, of Audubon, MN, and formerly of rural Kensington, MN, died Sunday, July 17, 2017, at Essentia Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Detroit Lakes, MN.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a. m. on Friday, July 21, at Nora Lutheran Church, rural Kensington, with Pastor Janna Bader officiating. Visitation will be at the church, one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Arrangements are with the Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home of Glenwood.


Randale Gene “Randy” Muchow, 64, a resident of Barrett, died Sunday, July 9, 2017, at Lake Region Healthcare.

A memorial service was held on Thursday, July 13, 2017, at Olson Funeral Home. The Reverend Chris Eldredge presided. The Barrett American Legion Post 351 and the Fergus Falls V. F.W. Post 612 and American Legion Post 30 participated in the service. Burial was at Knollwood Cemetery in Fergus Falls

Online condolences may be sent to www.olsonfuneralhome.com.

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