Posted at: 02/13/2013 8:45 PM
Updated at: 02/14/2013 10:59 PM
By: Laurie Stribling
There's no doubt love is in the air today, but one Duluth couple treats everyday like Valentine's Day because they spent most of their lives apart.
John and Ann Ringsred met about 70 years ago in Kentucky. John is a Duluth native but World War II brought him down south. When the two met, it was love at first sight.
"She was beautiful," John said. "I thought she had to have a boyfriend."
"I thought he had a beautiful smile," Ann said.
John eventually moved back to Minnesota, but he tried to make trips down to Kentucky to visit Ann. The war made it difficult.
"It was so different," John said. "Everything was rationed and we couldn't see each other as much as we liked."
A couple years after they met, John heard heartbreaking news.
"I was back in Duluth and Ann was in Kentucky, and I was going to invite her up to a formal dance," John said. "I called down there and I talked to her mother, and she said Ann was getting married."
John didn't talk to her after that, but he never gave up hope.
"At times, I would sit back and imagine going down and seeing her," John said.
Ann said she always felt the same way too.
"I told him I had always loved him," Ann said.
53 years later, John decided it had been long enough. He was going to call her, but she beat him to it.
"Isn't that strange," Ann said.
"Within a day or two of when I was going to call," John said.
The rest is history; the two married in 2005 proving love really does conquer all.
"It's great," John said. "We're very lucky."