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Communties plan to gather along Pfc. Ryane Clark's processional route

A Kandiyohi County Cooperative crew raised the American flag today along state Highway 23 between Willmar and Spicer in honor of U.S. Army Pfc. Ryane Clark. The New London-Spicer graduate's body is being returned home today. Reader photo by Ashley Lange

The communities of New London, Spicer and Willmar are preparing to welcome home Army Pfc. Ryane Clark, who was killed Oct. 4 in Afghanistan.

People are planning to line much of the route along the procession route from Willmar to New London.

New London citizens are planning to line the streets into downtown. Spicer has tied yellow ribbons on poles along the highway. A Kandiyohi County Cooperative crew has a flag raised along state Highway 23. Kennedy Elementary students in Willmar plan to wave American flags along the route.

The plane carrying Clark's body is scheduled to land in Willmar at about 12:30 p.m. today. A procession through Willmar, Spicer and New London will be at about 1 p.m.

The procession will leave the Willmar Airport and travel east on Minnesota Highway 40 to Willmar, then east through the city on Willmar Avenue.

The procession will turn north onto Kandiyohi County Road 9 at the east edge of Willmar and continue north to Minnesota Highway 23.

From the intersection of County Road 9 and Highway 23, the procession will follow Highway 23 through Spicer and on to New London, where it will turn onto Minnesota Highway 9 to downtown New London.

Visitation for Clark is 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday at New London-Spicer High School. His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in the high school gymnasium.

Linda Vanderwerf

I cover education issues for the West Central Tribune and have worked for the paper since 1995. I have worked in journalism since 1981.

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