Help Northwoods soldier win dream weddingSubmitted: 06/20/2014
Story By Lauren Stephenson

RHINELANDER - You can help a Northwoods soldier and his fiancee win a dream wedding.

Wisconsin Army National Guard Captain Matthew Mangerson and his fiancee, Michelle Burton, are quarter-finalists in $20,000 military wedding.

Mangerson grew up in Rhinelander. Burton grew up in Baraboo.

They've known each other for nearly 11 years. But it took them about ten years to start dating.

Mangerson was deployed three months into their relationship.

We spoke to him on the phone from Milwaukee where he now works full-time for the Wisconsin National Guard.

"Being apart for 11 months in the early stages of our relationship was especially challenging. And she stood by me and supported me every day," Mangerson said. "I knew, already, very shortly after getting back, I knew that without a question that she was the woman that I wanted to marry and the woman I was meant to be with for the rest of my life."

Mangerson and Burton got engaged in April.

They had already started planning their wedding when Mangerson found out about the contest.

"She's everything to me. She's supported me so much and so if there's anything I can do to make this wedding better for her, I will do it and I will fight for it until the end," he added.

Mangerson may seem familiar to you. In December, we told you he was awarded the 2013 Brigadier General William C. Bilo Award. It is given to a soldier considered best enlisted artillery soldier in the Army.

The contest is sponsored by the Potawatomi Casino Hotel.

You have until July 9th to vote. You can vote once a day.

Click the link below to vote for Mangerson and Burton.

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