Doug and Mary Herke of Emmetsburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Laura Andrea, to Patrick Thomas Fairchild. Patrick is the son of Tim and Julie Fairchild of Terril. Laura is the granddaughter of Lloyd and Joleen Petersen of Graettinger, and Edmund and the late Fern Herke of Emmetsburg. Patrick is the grandson of Ralph and Sally (Fairchild) Nordstrom and the late Dan Fairchild of Terril, and Tom and Peggy Muhlbauer of Arnolds Park.
Laura is a graduate of Graettinger/Terril High School. She received her bachelor of arts degree from Iowa State University in 2010. She is now employed by Diversified Brokerage Services in St. Louis Park, Minnesota.
Patrick graduated from Terril Community High School. He is a 2006 graduate of Iowa State University. Patrick is a bank examiner for the Farm Credit Administration in Bloomington, Minnesota.
The couple is planning a November 12, 2011, wedding in Graettinger.