Mindy Bevard and Eli Fichtner, both of Kearney, announce their engagement and upcoming wedding. Parents of the couple are Rick Bevard of Cozad, Mary Bevard of North Platte and Terry and Theresa Fichtner of Bartley. The bride-to-be is a 1999 graduate of North Platte High School and a 2003 graduate of the University of Nebraska at Kearney with a degree in elementary education. She is a fourth-grade teacher in Garden City, Kan. The prospective bridegroom is a 1997 graduate of Bartley High School and a 2003 graduate of the University of Nebraska at Kearney with a history degree. The couple is planning an Aug. 9, 2003, ceremony at First Christian Church in North Platte.