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This is an undated military photo of Army Pfc. Ryane Clark, 22, of New London, Minn., released by his family. Clark was killed while on duty on Oct. 4, 2010, near Shekhabad, Afghanistan.

Dept of Defense announces Ryane Clark's death

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The Department of Defense has announced today the death of Army Pfc. Ryane G. Clark of New London, while serving in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

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The DOD news release said Clark, 22, died Oct. 4 in Shekhabad, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades.

Clark was assigned to the 27th Combat Engineer Battalion (Airborne), 20th Combat Engineer Brigade, Fort Bragg, N.C.

Clark, who graduated in 2007 from New London-Spicer High School, where he was on the wrestling team, will be remembered Friday night when the NLS Wildcats meet Milaca at the school football field.

One-third of the money being raised by the traditional football raffle will be designated to a memorial in honor of Clark. The remainder will be split between the winner of the raffle and the Willmar Regional Cancer Center to promote breast cancer awareness.

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Kelly Boldan
Kelly Boldan has been the editor of the West Central Tribune of Willmar, since joining the newspaper in October 2001. He has previously worked as the editor at the Bemidji Pioneer, also part of Forum Communications Co., and other daily newspapers, online Web sites, and weekly agriculture newspapers in Wisconsin, Texas and Minnesota. You can follow via Twitter at @KellyBoldanWCT or read about the Tribune's newsroom blog at: insidescoop.areavoices.com or the Tribune's blog at: westcentraltribune.areavoices.com.
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