A Michigan love story

Latvian-American man goes to Latvia, meets Latvian woman, she comes to visit him in America, then they get married. Simple, right? Of course there’s much more to the story, as the Sept. 24 edition of the Kalamazoo Gazette reports.

In “From Latvia to love,” writer Emily Monacelli describes how Teresa and Ivars Elksnis met while he was a missionary in Latvia, how their relationship developed and how they now run a Kalamazoo, Mich., business, Besso de Natura Fine Cosmetics and Facial Salon.

The daily Kalamazoo Gazette over the years has carried a number of features about Latvians. Kalamazoo, after all, has an active Latvian community, once was home to the Latvian Studies Center at Western Michigan University and is a half hour’s drive north of the Latvian center Gaŗezers near Three Rivers.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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