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Lawrence Patrick DeFrance passed away on Friday, July 1, 2016 at the age of 65.

A memorial service will be held in the fall of 2016.


Patricia Joy Christianson, age 80, of Rochester, MN, died on Wednesday July 13, 2016 at Zumbrota Care Center in Zumbrota.

A funeral service for Patricia was held on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home, Rochester. Burial was in Pleasant Prairie Cemetery in Rochester.

To share a special memory or condolence, please visit www.ranfranzandvinefh.com.


Clifford “Cliff” Bjorlin, of Donnelly, passed away peacefully, into the arms of his loving Savior, Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at the Steven’s Community Medical Center at the age of 93. He was surrounded by family that loved him dearly.

Funeral services for Cliff will be held Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at Hosanna Worship Center in Morris with Reverend Tom Fangmeier officiating. Visitation will be held Tuesday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., with a prayer service at 6:30 at the Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris and for one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday. Burial will be at Vinger Cemetery in Donnelly.

Pedersen Funeral Home Morris is in charge of the arrangements, www.pedersenfh.com.


Alan E. Blume, age 60, of Herman, Minnesota passed away Thursday, July 14, 2016 at Prairie Ridge Hospital in Elbow Lake, Minnesota after a courageous battle with ALS.

Funeral services were held Monday, July 18, at United Methodist Church in Herman with Pastor Lauren Snell officiating. Interment was in Lakeside Cemetery, rural Herman.

The Bainbridge Funeral Home of Herman is in charge of arrangements, www.bainbridgefuneralhome.com.


David Wikholm, age 67, of Elbow Lake died Wednesday, July 13, 2016, at his home.

Memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 24, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Wendell with Rev. Scott Richards officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services. Interment will be at Union Cemetery at a later date. Military Honors by Carl A. Hanson American Legion Post 321, Elbow Lake.

Funeral Home: Erickson-Smith of Elbow Lake.


William “Bill” Klimp, age 71, of Fergus Falls died Sunday, July 17, 2016, at the Broen Home in Fergus Falls.

A Memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at Grue Lutheran Church of rural Ashby with Rev. Tom Olson officiating. Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Glende-Nilson Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at Pelican Lake Cemetery in Ashby.

Funeral Home: Glende-Nilson of Ashby.

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