How We Met: Vote on readers' love stories [POLL]

For our special Valentine's Day issue of City Pages, we showcased a bunch of extraordinary Minnesota couples who touched our hearts with stories of how they met. But we knew there were tons of couples out there who had stories just as romantic and funky as the ones we highlighted.

We asked readers to tell us how they met, and they delivered. From a hilarious late-night Goldilocks situation to rogue snowballs, these couples have gotten past funny, awkward, and weird meet-cutes to show that sometimes true love does conquer all.

We chose the best submissions, and now it's your turn to tell us who's got the ultimate romantic tale for the chance to win a date package.

See also:
How They Met: Twin Cities couples on the moment they found love
How They Met: Awesome outtakes from adorable couples [Slideshow]

Entry 1: Mouth-to-Mouth Mates

I met my husband by doing CPR on a dummy... literally! We used to work in Mankato, for the same company but in different buildings. Our company offered Emergency Response Training to all employees if they wanted it, and I signed up. Long story short, I joined his "CPR dummy" group because I thought he was cute, and told him he had nice shoes. Four years later, we are now happily married, and we shared that story during our wedding vows.

Entry 2: Prom Pals

It was early spring 1997. I was a senior in high school, and she was a freshman at the U. My brother and I drove over from Wisconsin to spend the weekend with some friends. A buddy of ours happened to be friends with her because they lived in the same dorm. So a group of us, her and I included, proceeded to a dirty, basement house party in Dinkytown. She and I got to talking, and our drinks soon ran dry. I asked my brother to get us more beer, and he said, "You have to kiss her first." We looked at each other and said, "What the hell!" We ended up making out for a majority of the party. After the party died down, we left and began making our way back to the dorm. I was giving her a piggy back ride as we walked down University Avenue, and in my drunken stupor, I asked her to my senior prom. She said yes. Before parting ways later that evening, she wrote her phone number on my forearm in black permanent marker. I woke up the next morning and thought to myself, "Cool. That really did happen!" I called her and confirmed that she did still want to go to my prom with me, and we began a whirlwind long-distance relationship. That was nearly 16 years ago, and we have been together ever since. We married in 2005 and have one child.

Entry 3: The Late Shift

The short form of our story is this: I came home, he was in my bed, I decided to keep him there.

Okay, now that I have your attention, here's the long version: I was living with a couple of friends, and I was working the night shift. They had a friend who recently broke up with his girlfriend, and needed a place to crash for a couple of nights. Since I was gone all night long, they thought it would be okay to offer him my bed, and assumed he'd be gone before I came home. Well, they were wrong, and as I stumbled to my bed after a long night at work, I was shocked to find this stranger already sound asleep in there. My first thoughts were confusion and anger at my roommates, but heck, he was cute and I was tired... so I told him to move over and make room for me to crash besides him. We started hanging out after that brief encounter in bed, and I soon fell in love. We have been together for 12 years, and are married with two beautiful children. So, THAT's how we met.

Entry 4: Fateful Snowballs

My husband and I met on the school bus on our way to high school in Colonial Heights, Virginia. We grew up a mere two blocks away from each other, but didn't meet until high school because we were a year apart. Riding the school bus after a rare Virginia snow, he proceeded to grab snow from the roof and form it into a snowball to hit his friend sitting behind me. Unfortunately -- fortunately? -- he ended up hitting me in the face. After dealing with my wrath, we became best friends. After a few years of being inseparable as friends, we started dating, went away to college together, got married, and moved to the grand state of Minnesota. We have been happily married for almost 7 years now. So my advice is always the same: Careful who you hit with a snowball, you may end up marrying them.

Check out the other How We Met entries on the next page, and don't forget to vote in our poll!

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