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Arthur O. Strand, 98Arthur O. Strand, 98, of Karlstad, Minnesota passed away at the Karlstad Healthcare Center on Saturday, July 9th, 2011.

Arthur O. Strand, 98, of Karlstad, Minnesota passed away at the
Karlstad Healthcare Center on Saturday, July 9th, 2011.  Art was born
on August 23, 1912, near Pelan in Roseau County, Minnesota to Charles
and Margaret Strand.  During his childhood his family lived in
various places in the Pelan and Karlstad area, eventually purchasing
a farm west of Karlstad in Deerwood Township in 1929.  
    Arthur was a warrior/farmer, fighting the elements as he worked his
farm and then after retirement as he tended his garden, fighting the
bugs, the weather and the weeds.  He would happily share the
bountiful harvest of his garden with his neighbors, friends and
relatives.  He always looked forward to having new potatoes before
the 4th of July.  He enjoyed teaching his nieces and nephews about
farming when they visited from other parts of the country.
    Arthur was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Selma and
Junette; and three brothers, Carl, Edwin and Leonard.  He is survived
by his sister, Martha (Mrs. Anders) Thorkildson of Karlstad and many
nieces and nephews.  
    Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday, July 14th, 2011 at
11:00 a.m. in Bethel Lutheran Church at Karlstad.  Interment will be
in the Karlstad City Cemetery.  Visitation will be at the church for
two hours prior to the funeral service.  The Austin Funeral Home of
Hallock is in charge of arrangements.

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