Weller springs surprise proposal on Lensing during deer season

Shane Weller, right, surprised Heidi Lensing with a written proposal and a ring during a morning in their deer stand. He knew she would figure out anything he planned that was out of the ordinary.

Shane Weller, right, surprised Heidi Lensing with a written proposal and a ring during a morning in their deer stand. He knew she would figure out anything he planned that was out of the ordinary.

By Jennie Zeitler
Staff Writer
jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com

Heidi Lensing caught Shane Weller’s eye back in kindergarten when he told his mom he really liked her tights. But neither anticipated that their future included marriage.

Lensing and Weller attended Belgrade Brooten Elrosa (BBE) schools, but didn’t know each other well. He lived in Brooten and she lived in Belgrade.

They got to know each other better during BBE Catholic Churches youth trips. In ninth grade, they began dating after Weller asked Lensing out during the homecoming dance.

Since neither had a driver’s license yet, they “went to movies all the time with my older brother and her neighbor,” Weller said.

They went to each other’s sporting events — Weller in football, basketball and track and Lensing in volleyball, basketball and track.

After graduating from BBE in 2009, Weller went to North Dakota State University in Fargo and majored in ag systems management. Lensing
majored in business administration at Minnesota State University- Moorhead.

They broke up for five months in the first half of their sophomore year. After dating for so long and having started dating so young, they both agree that there were a lot of little problems that added up and they maybe just needed some time apart.

“But we couldn’t not talk to each other,” Lensing said.

When they were together again, “We were both more relaxed and easygoing, generally a lot happier,” Weller said.

Heidi Lensing, left, and Shane Weller are planning a July 26 wedding at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Elrosa.

Heidi Lensing, left, and Shane Weller are planning a July 26 wedding at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Elrosa.

Lensing thought even back in high school that she was going to marry Weller. “Once we got back together, I thought, ‘This is for the long run,’” she said.

By the time Weller was seriously thinking about asking Lensing to marry him, “plenty of people were bugging me,” he said.

In March 2013, he was with friends at the mall and looking at suits for a friend’s wedding when they convinced him to look at rings.

“We were actually there about an hour and a half,” he said. “I didn’t know anything about rings.”

Through that summer, he looked online several times, pricing rings. He knew Lensing had several Pinterest boards, so he looked at the rings she had pinned there.

“I looked at rings in Alexandria and narrowed it down to three,” he said. “Then I went and picked one.”

On the jeweler’s advice, the ring was not sized at that time because Weller was not sure of the size. He waited until the second weekend of deer hunting to ask Lensing the big question.

“Everything else I did that was out of the ordinary, she would have known,” he said. “I thought, ‘There’s no way she’ll expect this.’”

And it was a complete surprise. Weller had painted a large sign and attached it to a nearby deer stand.

Sitting in their deer stand on the morning of Nov. 16, Weller asked Lensing to use binoculars to spot a deer, directing her toward the deer stand with the sign. After about three tries, he asked her if she could “read” the deer stand. “That’s when I noticed the sign and I knew he meant it,” she said.

Lensing had to wear the ring on her pinkie while they told the news to Weller’s parents. They made a quick trip to Alexandria to get the ring sized before driving to the Lensing house to share the news. That night, both of their families gathered at the Lensings’ home.

They plan a wedding at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Elrosa July 26, with the reception in Freeport.

With Lensing living in Belgrade and Weller in Morris, they are looking forward to seeing each other every day.

One of Lensing’s Pinterest posts reads, “We love because He first loved us. 1 John 4:19”

“Shane and I are both firm believers in God. We both think it is very important to keep in touch with God by regularly attending church and praying,” Lensing said. “God is the foundation of our marriage. In hard times we need to trust that God will help us through and in good times we need to remember to stop and thank God for our blessings.”

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