Laura Andrea Herke and Patrick Thomas Fairchild were united in marriage on November 12, 2011, at Immaculate Conception Cath-olic Church in Graettinger. Monsignor Michael Sernett was the celebrant for the two o'clock ceremony.
Parents of the couple are Doug and Mary Herke of Emmetsburg, and Tim and Julie Fairchild from Terril. Laura is the granddaughter of Lloyd and Joleen Petersen of Graettinger, and Edmund and the late Fern Herke from Emmetsburg. Patrick is the grandson of Ralph and Sally (Fairchild) Nordstrom and the late Dan Fairchild of Terril, and Tom and Peggy Muhlbauer from Arnolds Park.
Maid and matron of honor were the bride's sisters, Callie Herke and Heather Helmich. Bridesmaids were Amanda Mart, Patty Fairchild, Dakota Hovinga, and Jessi Rouse. The bride chose Shana Herke to be her personal attendant.
Laura and Patrick Fairchild
Serving as best man was Matt Fairchild, brother of the groom. Groomsmen were Austin Fairchild, the groom's brother, Clinton Pavelko, Greg Mart, Brent Duey, and Mike Bindl. Ushers were Heath Prentice, Dustin Rinnert, Ryan Mart, and Quentin Bushon.
A reception was held at the Graettinger American Legion.
Laura is a graduate of Graettinger-Terril High School. She received a bachelor of arts degree from Iowa State University in 2010. Laura is employed by Diversified Brokerage Services in St. Louis Park, MN.
Patrick graduated from Terril High School. He is a 2006 graduate of Iowa State University. Patrick is employed by the Farm Credit Administration in Bloomington, MN.
The couple resides in Farmington, MN, but will be relocating to Spirit Lake in the near future.