Milton and Joan Bland, Eudora, announce the engagement of their daughter, Michelle Bland, Bethel, Alaska, to Ben Bruce, Bethel, Alaska, son of Carol Bruce, Wilkes Barre, Pa.
The bride-to-be is a 1994 graduate of Lawrence High School. She received a bachelor of arts degree in education from Principia College in 1998 from Elsah, Ill. She teaches fourth grade in Bethel, Alaska.
The future groom is a former sergeant with the U.S. Marine Corps. He served with the 2nd Force Recon. He has taught preschool in Bethel, Alaska. He is a dog musher and trapper.
The couple plan a Jan. 20, 2006, wedding in Bethel, Alaska, and a May 28, 2006, wedding in Eudora.