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Peter Schaffer, age 55, of Elbow Lake, MN, died on Saturday, August 5, 2017, at the Barrett Care Center.

Memorial services were held on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at the Erickson-Smith Funeral Home, Elbow Lake, with Pastor Silas Clarke officiating. Burial was at Union Cemetery, Elbow Lake.


Darlene M. (Baune) Macht, age 87 of Tracy, passed away Monday, July 31, 2017 at the Sanford Tracy Medical Center.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, August 5 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy. Burial was in St. Anne’s Catholic Cemetery in Wabasso.


After a long and fulfilling life of 87 years, Earl Christianson of Battle Lake MN, died on Tuesday, August 8, 2017.

Visitation and funeral services will take place at St. Olaf Catholic Church in Elbow Lake. Visitation will be on Thursday, August 17 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. and Friday, August 18 from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., with a funeral mass to follow at 2:00 p.m. There will be a celebration of Earl’s life in Veterans Park immediately after the service from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m.

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