Samantha Jo Francis and Sam Albert Merkel announce their engagement and upcoming wedding.
Parents of the couple are Connie and Craig Francis of Elk River and Katie and Dave Merkel of Mobridge, S.D.
Samantha is a 2006 graduate of Rogers High School. Sam is a 2005 graduate of Mobridge High School. They attended Northern State University.
Sam is working for Shrivers Mortuary and is a member of the Army National Guard. Samantha graduated last May with a human performance and fitness degree, and is continuing her education to become a physical education and health teacher.
Their wedtding will take place Sept. 29 in Aberdeen, S.D.