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“He’s the best guy ever.”

By Bill Lisser

Fri, Jan 11th, 2013
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Kaisa and Patrick Weineke of Rochester were married recently. Photo by Bliss Photography

Kaisa Anderson stole Patrick Wieneke away from his best friend when they met in college. Patrick started hanging around with Kaisa all the time and did not have much time for his ol’ buddies. Patrick was on the football team and a Finance major when they met. He enjoyed frozen pizza and going to Chinese buffets with the football team.

“We would wipe them out,” Patrick said relating to the quantity of food they would eat. Kaisa and Patrick have found out in the seven years since they met at Gustavus Adolphus College they are a “good balance.”

“I am the planner he’s not, I worry he doesn’t, he is more laid back and patient and he is better with money,” Kaisa said. Patrick agreed with her. Kaisa likes to take care of details. “I just go and do it,” said Patrick.

“I am good at finding choices and he is good at decisions,” said Kaisa.

The week Patrick proposed to Kaisa was a very eventful week. They put an offer in on a house on Monday, Tuesday the offer was accepted, Wednesday Patrick bought the ring and on Friday he picked up the ring. “I didn’t have a plan,” Patrick said. They drove by the house they had purchased just to get a look at the neighborhood. Patrick wanted to drive by again but it was at 10:00 at night. Kaisa was uncomfortable going back again, but when Patrick stopped in front of the house and asked her to get out of the car Kaisa thought it was “kind of creepy.” That’s when Patrick proposed. “It is our first memory of the house,” said Kaisa. “He is the best guy ever.”

The couple did have a few things to work on as most young couples do. It seems Patrick still likes frozen pizza and Chinese buffets. Kaisa, a double health major in college who works at the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center as a Worksite Wellness Coordinator, likes to eat healthy. Patrick will still try to sneak a frozen pizza in the house, but Kaisa is very good at helping him with his diet.

“I do like to eat healthy but it takes too much time to make it,” said Patrick.

“Most guys gain weight when they get married,” Kaisa said. “He lost weight. I want him to be around a long time, so I try to keep him healthy.”

“Kaisa helps me eat better or I would still be eating pizza,” said Patrick.

The couple likes to travel and experience new places. So, they are looking forward to their March honeymoon. They are leaving on a 16-day adventure to Brazil and Argentina. The plan is to visit the major cities including Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. They will spend some time on the beach and then venture out and do some hiking and visit a ranch to see the Gauchos. They both like to have very active lives. They bike the local trails and work out at the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center.

Kaisa grew up in Zumbrota and Patrick grew up in Jackson. After meeting in college at St. Peter, Patrick lived in a number of different places including St. Paul and Eden Prairie while Kaisa finished up graduate school. They moved to Rochester together over a year ago. They both like Rochester because they are closer to family, people are friendlier and you see people you know all the time.

Both Kaisa and Patrick said their favorite thing is “No traffic.” When asked about the future they said they hope for some little football players for Patrick and some little dancers for Kaisa, but not any time soon. Right now they are happy with Sammy their Cocker Spaniel-Bichon mix dog. By the way Patrick is doing very well with eating habits. The couple enjoys sushi. “It is a good, healthy and cheap meal,” said Patrick.

“He is the best guy ever,” said Kaisa.

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