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MEMORABLE MOMENT: Howland, Korhonen wedding

Amanda Howland of Maple and Nicholas Korhonen of Poplar were married May 5 in Peace Lutheran Church in Poplar. Her parents are Gaye and Bob Erkel and Bill and Patsy Howland, all of Maple. His parents are David and Karen Korhonen of Poplar. The br...

Amanda Howland of Maple and Nicholas Korhonen of Poplar were married May 5 in Peace Lutheran Church in Poplar.

Her parents are Gaye and Bob Erkel and Bill and Patsy Howland, all of Maple. His parents are David and Karen Korhonen of Poplar.

The bride chose Genna Saari as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Lindsey Jonasen, Kim Erkel and Autumn Howland.

The groom chose his brother, Nathan Korhonen, as best man. Groomsmen were Jared Nelson and Andy Hudacek.

The bride, a 2002 graduate of Northwestern High School in Maple, graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in retail merchandising and management/interior design. She is a licensed assistant for American Family and a party planner for PI Party Planning, both in Superior.

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The groom, a 2002 graduate of Northwestern High School, is a salesman for Acme Tools in Duluth.

Sometimes, parents do know best

Ever since Nick and I were in elementary school, our parents have known we would get married. In fourth grade, while at a Parent-Teacher Association meeting, my mom told Nick's dad that we would get married someday.

Nick and I were friends growing up, but we never dated. In elementary school Nick liked me. In middle school I liked him, but he always had another girlfriend. In high school, we both had a boyfriend or girlfriend. During our sophomore year, Nick and I were on Snow Court together but nothing ever happened.

Then our senior year came and went. My birthday was one week before graduation. One day in class, Nick came up to me and said, "I should take you out for a movie for your birthday." So he took me to dinner and a movie of my choice for my birthday. He held my hand during the movie and I knew something was starting, so when he brought me home I was expecting a kiss. Nothing -- just a hug.

During our graduation parties later, Nick told me he doesn't kiss on the first date and then he kissed me. We've been together ever since and our parents were right.

Amanda Korhonen

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