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Ryan Crain and Elissa Stafford

Keith and Cindy Stafford of Fergus Falls, Minn., announce the engagement of their daughter Elissa Claire Stafford to Ryan Thomas Crain, son of Rusty and Elaine Crain of Gainesville.

She is a 2000 graduate of Fergus Falls High School in Fergus Falls, Minn. She will graduate in 2011 from Colorado Mesa University with an associate's degree in nursing. She is employed as an LPN at Colorado West Mental Health in Grand Junction, Colo.

He is a 1998 graduate of North Hall High School in Gainesville. He is employed as head chef of Dream Cafe in Grand Junction, Colo.

The couple plan to wed Dec. 31, 2011, at Quinlan Arts Center in Gainesville.