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Minn farmer dies trying to run across state

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A Minnesota farmer and electrical engineer, who was chasing his dream of running, made it 162.1 miles in his run across the state before dying in his sleep.

Last week mourners packed the Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartsville, Minnesota to pay their respect to Reggie Oeltjen, who was in the middle of a run across Minnesota from the South Dakota border to the Wisconsin border with his daughter. The 65-year-old passed away in his sleep after completing a 17-mile stretch from Mankato to Janesville.

Oeltjen wasn’t fast enough to quality for the Boston Marathon but wanted to take on some type of running challenge. A runner in high school, Oeltjen didn’t start up the hobby again until he was 50, running 14 marathons since.

Oeltjen had just planted 200 acres of corn and soybeans before he set out on his journey.

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