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Fiance pops the question in a big way

June 12, 2013
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville Daily News
When Christa Clayton went for an airplane ride with her boyfriend, Kevin Klingbeil, little did she know what would be on the ground below. They took off in a plane with Kevin’s family friend and neighbor, Chuck Gardner, at about 9 a.m. last Saturday. They were flying over land Kevin’s father rents from Kevin’s grandfather, Nordein Peterson, and lo and behold, in letters taking up a 70-acre area below, was the question, “Will you marry me?” “I didn’t even know it was coming. It was a complete surprise,” said Christa. So what was going through her mind? “Oh my God, is this for me, or what. I was just completely blindsided,” Christa said. It definitely took some engineering on Kevin’s part. He used his father’s John Deere 9400 tractor with a JD 726 soil finisher, programming the lettering with John Deere APEX software to design all the latering. Kevin said each segment of each letter is a different AB guidance line. Guidance was provided with a Starfire 3000 GNSS receiver using SF2 corrections, fed to a Greenstar 2600 display, and an ATU200 for AutoTrac. Each letter was 38 feet wide. Kevin and Christa met the night before Thanksgiving in November 2011. Both are Estherville Lincoln Central grads — Kevin in 2003 and Christa in 2008. They were just far enough apart in school that they didn’t really associate in the same circles. “We just never ran into each other,” Christa said. Christa said yes, of course. The couple is thinking of a wedding date of late May or early next June next year.

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This was the aerial view that greeted Christa Clayton on Saturday, June 8. Her answer to Kevin Klingbeil? Yes!
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