A farm field proposal
SIBLEY, Iowa -- Courtney Scott isn't easily surprised. This, her boyfriend knows.
But on a clear November day, it was Andrew Krogman who successfully pulled the wool over his girl's eyes and, in the end, she had an engagement ring on her finger.
To this day, she doesn't remember if she put it there or if he did -- it's all kind of a blur. What they will remember for a lifetime, however, is the proposal.
"I wanted to do something really special -- it took some thinking," said Krogman. "This was something I thought was more me."
Krogman, who grew up a mile south of Bigelow and landed a career as a district seed sales representative for Syngenta and NK Seeds, turned to his farming roots, literally, to pop the question of a lifetime to his girlfriend of two years.
With help from his dad, Krogman disked "Courtney will U marry me" into a 30-acre field of soybean stubble, and then orchestrated an airplane ride for his sweetheart so he could get his answer.
"I'm a country boy -- a farm kid -- that was how I could show my feelings," Krogman said.
Disking the message in the field actually proved more difficult than scheduling the airplane ride. Thanks to a wet harvest season delivered by Mother Nature, Krogman had to "sit" on his proposal for a couple weeks, waiting for the fields to dry out before he could do the work.
Ride of a lifetime
When Scott received a phone call from a pilot friend of the couple on Nov. 12, she was excited that he was following through on a promise he made to her long ago -- to take her up for a plane ride over northwest Iowa.
She asked the pilot if Krogman could come along, and then asked if they could fly over Krogman's parents' farm north of Sibley. The answer to both questions was "yes."
"I walked right into it," Scott said, having no idea that her boyfriend had already let the pilot in on his plans.
Two days later, on Friday, Nov. 14, Scott had an hour-long lunch break from her job at Staples Promotional Products in Orange City, Iowa, during which to take the airplane ride. Krogman met her at the airport in Orange City, clad in his Carhart jacket and Carhart pants.
"He didn't look any different than when he went to work," said Scott "I was oblivious -- I didn't think anything of it."
She had no idea that tucked inside his shirt pocket, underneath his work jacket, was a little ring box.
"I was nervous," Krogman said. "A lot of things had to fall into place."
After the pilot took them over their acreage near Doon, Iowa, he headed north toward Sibley and the farm where Krogman grew up.
As the plane positioned itself over the message, Krogman diverted Scott's attention to the wind turbines in the distance. When it was time, he told her to look out her window.
"He said, 'I love you. Look out the window," recalled Scott.
When she saw the proposal, the first word out of her mouth was "Seriously?"
"Then I looked at him, and he has the ring box open and the ring," Scott said with a grin.
Despite Scott having to return to work immediately after the airplane ride, Krogman said everything else fell into place perfectly.
"It snowed the day after we did this, so it was the right timing -- down to the last second," he said.
The couple has set their wedding date for Jan. 1, 2010, in Scott's hometown of Moorhead.