Area Death Notices- February 22, 2017

William F. Kruse, 82    

    Thief River Falls – William “Bill” Frederik Kruse, formerly of Thief River Falls, passed away on Sunday, February 19, 2017 at the age of 82, in Colorado Springs, CO. Details and condolences can be found at


Betsy Thompson, 92    

    Karlstad – Betsy Thompson, 92 of Karlstad,  went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, February 17, 2017 at the Karlstad Healthcare Center surrounded by her loving family.
    A funeral service was held on Monday, February 20, 2017 at the Karlstad Assembly Of God in Karlstad, with Rev. Richard Wadholm officiating.  Burial was held at the Karlstad City Cemetery.
    Arrangements were made with Johnson Funeral Service, Thief River Falls.

Arnie Skeie, 79    

    Winger/ Fosston – Arnie Skeie, age 79, of Winger and Fosston, owner of Ultima Bank Minnesota, passed away on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, at Essentia Health Hospital in Fosston. A celebration of Arnie’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at Kingo Lutheran Church in Fosston with the Reverand Aage Carlsen officiating. Family will greet friends for one hour prior to the celebration of life service in the church. Arrangements are with the Carlin Funeral Home of Fosston and messages to the family may be sent at