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Seven Wells Fargo Advantage Funds Win Lipper Fund Awards

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Wells Fargo Funds Management, LLC, the investment advisor to Wells Fargo Advantage Funds ® , announced today that seven of its funds were recipients of 2013 Lipper Fund Awards for consistent returns. Six of the seven funds recognized are multi-year Lipper Fund Award winners, including the Wells Fargo Advantage Growth Fund and two national municipal fixed-income funds.

“We are pleased to have been recognized by Lipper for the strong performance of our funds, most of which are receiving a Lipper Fund Award for a second consecutive year,” said Karla Rabusch, president of Wells Fargo Funds Management. “We believe our history of winning these awards is a testament to the overall strength of our product line as well as a reflection of our commitment to providing top-tier investment solutions for our clients.”

Below is a list of the Wells Fargo Advantage Funds that received 2013 Lipper Fund Awards for consistent returns (as of 12-31-12).

Fund       Lipper classification       Award (3, 5, or 10 year)       Portfolio managers
Wells Fargo Advantage Asia Pacific Fund, Investor Class       Pacific Region Funds       10-year period (out of 19 funds) 1       Anthony Cragg and Alison Shimada
Wells Fargo Advantage Growth Fund, Institutional Class*       Multi-Cap Growth Funds       Three-year period (out of 443 funds) and five-year period (out of 372 funds) 2       Thomas Ognar, CFA; Bruce Olson, CFA; and Joseph Eberhardy, CFA, CPA
Wells Fargo Advantage Intrinsic World Equity Fund, Administrator Class       Global Large-Cap Core Funds       Three-year period (out of 59 funds)       Gary Lisenbee; Jeffrey Peck; and Jean-Baptiste Nadal, CFA
Wells Fargo Advantage Municipal Bond Fund, Investor Class       General & Insured Municipal Debt Funds       10-year period (out of 160 funds) 3       Lyle Fitterer, CFA, CPA, and Robert Miller
Wells Fargo Advantage Short Duration Government Bond Fund, Institutional Class       Short U.S. Government Funds       Five-year period (out of 62 funds) 4       Thomas O'Connor, CFA, and Troy Ludgood
Wells Fargo Advantage Short-Term Municipal Bond Fund, Investor Class       Short Municipal Debt Funds       10-year period (out of 42 funds) 5       Lyle Fitterer, CFA, CPA, and Wendy Casetta
Wells Fargo Advantage Specialized Technology Fund, Class A       Science & Technology Funds       10-year period (out of 97 funds) 6       Walter Price, Jr., CFA, and Huachen Chen, CFA

About the Lipper Fund Awards

The Lipper Fund Awards program honors funds that have excelled in delivering consistently strong risk-adjusted performance relative to peers. In addition, the Lipper Fund Awards program recognizes fund families with high average scores for all funds within a particular asset class or overall. The Lipper Fund Awards recognize funds in 23 countries in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas. Lipper designates award-winning funds in most individual classifications for three-, five-, and 10-year periods and fund families with high average scores for the three-year time period. The top three-year classification winners and fund family winners receive trophies.

  1. In 2012, the Wells Fargo Advantage Asia Pacific Fund, Investor Class, was named the Best Pacific Region Fund (out of 20 funds) for the 10-year period. In 2011, the Wells Fargo Advantage Asia Pacific Fund, Investor Class, was named the Best Pacific Region Fund (out of 19 funds) for the 10-year period.
  2. In 2012, the Wells Fargo Advantage Growth Fund, Institutional Class, was named the Best Multi-Cap Growth Fund (out of 328 funds) for the five-year period.
  3. In 2012, the Wells Fargo Advantage Municipal Bond Fund, Investor Class, received an award. The fund was named the Best General Municipal Debt Fund for the 10-year period (out of 158 funds). In 2011, the Wells Fargo Advantage Municipal Bond Fund, Administrator Class, received two awards. The fund was named the Best General & Insured Municipal Debt Fund for the three-year period (out of 213 funds) and the five-year period (out of 195 funds).
  4. In 2012, the Wells Fargo Advantage Short Duration Government Bond Fund, Institutional Class, was named the Best Short U.S. Government Fund (out of 71 funds) for the five-year period.
  5. In addition to receiving a Lipper Fund Award this year, the Wells Fargo Advantage Short-Term Municipal Bond Fund also received two awards in 2012. The fund’s Institutional Class shares won the Best Short Municipal Debt Fund for the three-year period (out of 63 funds), and the Investor Class shares won for the 10-year period (out of 35 funds). In 2011, the Wells Fargo Advantage Short-Term Municipal Bond Fund, Investor Class, received three awards. The fund was named the Best Short Municipal Debt Fund for the three-year period (out of 60 funds), the five-year period (out of 55 funds), and the 10-year period (out of 32 funds).
  6. In 2012, the Wells Fargo Advantage Specialized Technology Fund, Administrator Class, was named the Best Science & Technology Fund for the 10-year period (out of 94 funds).

*The Wells Fargo Advantage Growth Fund is closed to most new investors. For further information, please see the section titled “Additional Purchase and Redemption Information” in the Statement of Additional Information.

Stock values fluctuate in response to the activities of individual companies and general market and economic conditions. Bond values fluctuate in response to the financial condition of individual issuers, general market and economic conditions, and changes in interest rates. In general, when interest rates rise, bond values fall and investors may lose principal value. Some funds, including nondiversified funds and funds investing in foreign investments, high-yield bonds, small- and mid-cap stocks, and/or more volatile segments of the economy, entail additional risk and may not be appropriate for all investors. Consult a fund's prospectus for additional information on these and other risks.

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