The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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December 30, 2012

Marriage proposal wasn’t taken lightly



“I wanted something we could hold onto and keep and tell the story of our engagement,” Mayer said.

Choosing the Kiwanis Holiday Lights setting was inspired by the couple’s courtship.

“(Jonnica) and I have always loved the winter. We first told each other we loved each other out in the snow,” he said.

Norell said the couple started out just friends her freshman year at Bethany when they met in class. Then her junior year she needed help with her philosophy class, a call which Mayer was happy to answer, and the two started dating.

Mayer graduated in 2011 and is now in seminary, on his way to becoming a Lutheran pastor. Norell graduated last spring and has started her career as a teacher. So both being busy, they only know so far that they will marry some time in the summer of 2014.

But that’s enough for now. And their families couldn’t be happier.

“They came and told us (Friday) morning,” said Norell’s grandmother, Jan Manzey. “We were thrilled.”

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