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Engaged - Ecklund and Pesta

Joe and Cindy Ecklund of Osakis and Tim and Patty Pesta of Long Prairie announce the engagement of their children, Nicole Ecklund and Derek Pesta.

Nicole is a 2008 graduate of Jefferson High School in Alexandria and a 2011 graduate of North Dakota State University with degrees in health communication and management communication. She will graduate this year with a master's degree in healthcare management from University of Mary. She currently works at Bethany Retirement Living in Fargo, North Dakota, as the assistant director of community life.

Derek is a 2006 graduate of Long Prairie-Grey Eagle High School. He is currently enrolled at Rasmussen College to receive a degree in healthcare management, and plans to graduate in 2014. He works at Ameripride in Fargo as a customer service representative. Derek also serves in the Minnesota Army National Guard, returning from a year-long deployment in 2012.

A June 8, 2013 wedding is being planned and will be held in Fargo.