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Meredith Colias and Joseph S. Pete announce their engagement, which is quite possibly the most momentous pairing since wine and cheese, or at least Old Style and Polish sausage.

Colias, a Highland native, graduated from Indiana University and earned her master’s degree from the University of Illinois Springfield. Pete, also a Highland native, also graduated from Indiana University after serving in the Iraq War as an infantryman.

She is the daughter of Jim and Susan Colias of Highland. He is the son of Judith Pete of Munster and the late Lake County Circuit Court Judge Robert A. Pete.

Colias works as a reporter for the Post-Tribune, while Pete is a reporter for the rival Times of Northwest Indiana. He is also a literary writer and photographer whose work has appeared in more than 100 publications.

Pierogi Fest Buscias joked that it is a mixed marriage.

The longtime friends somehow grew up in the same town, and even obliviously played in neighboring backyards as kids, but only met 20 years later on Twitter after Pete made a dumb joke and followed Colias back mainly because he thought she was cute.

Unbeknownst to them, they frequented the same places as kids like Miner Dunn and the Museum of Science and Industry, attended many White Sox games, cut their journalistic teeth at the Indiana Daily Student and pursued similar career paths long before their romance blossomed.

Their love is so vast it could not be constrained by mere state borders, since she lived in Iowa and he in Indiana when they started dating. Their love is so Region they’re getting married in Illinois and having a reception in Northwest Indiana.

Their Big Fat Greek Wedding will be held later this year at St. Andrew the Apostle Church in Calumet City, Ill.

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