A look back at our favorite stories: A fishy engagementWahpeton, ND (WDAY TV) -- We continue our look back at our favorite stories of the year with Kevin Wallevand's tale of Blake Buck of Wahpeton. When he decided to ask his girlfriend to marry him, he did more than go
By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY
Wahpeton, ND (WDAY TV) -- We continue our look back at our favorite stories of the year with Kevin Wallevand's tale of Blake Buck of Wahpeton. When he decided to ask his girlfriend to marry him, he did more than go
"Above and beyond." He went under THE ICE.
Kellie: Get your shoes on. Me too.
Kellie O' Leary has an engagement story of the century
Kellie: "Find your squares."
To share with her little kindergarten students in Breckenridge, Minnesota.
Kellie: "Do you have a question?"
The day she went out to fish with a boyfriend, and instead reeled in a fiance.
Kellie: "It was a portable and I had to help him set it up."
It started as a normal day out on Otter Tail lake. Kellie and Blake hoping to land a lunker. Except on this day of fishing...
Kellie: "I just hung out."
...Blake convinced Kellie no bait was needed. A sportsmen's stragtegy.
Kellie: "He put my line down and looking back, they are catching a lot of perch without bait."
What Kellie did not know, is Blake's friends, scuba divers, were 70 feet away under a portable fish house, with a hole cut in the ice, big enough for a diver.
Mike: "It had to go off like clock work."
Blake's good friend Mike Metzger, who dives with Valley Water rescue agreed to help pull off the proposal under the ice.
Mike: "I did not want to take that dog gone ring down. He just said, here is the ring."
Mike's big concern, losing the diamond. In fact he tried to talk Blake into taking down a plastic ring or dime store diamond. But Blake would not hear of it.
Mike: "Right here and I did not let go. I had the dog gone fish with me."
And how do you get an expensive diamond on a fishing hook. Genius.
Mike: "We had this black and yellow plastic fish and we zip tied the ring to the dorsal fin and then a zip tie in the mouth we attached to the lure."
Under the ice, Mike swam 70 feet, trying to find Kellie's lure.
Kellie: "These bubbles started coming out of the water and thought it was funny and said it has been like that this this year."
Mike: "Looked around the area and it was silting up and sure enough caught a shimmer of it. It was just hanging there, put the zip tie over it and gave it a tug."
Kellie: "It went down really fast and I pulled it up and I thought it was a decoy, a plastic black and yellow and fish. And then I saw my ring on it."
Blake, not too shaken by the proposal, did today what he does best. He's fishing at Lake of the Woods. They were biting, and he's still celebrating a fiance, caught hook line and sinker.
Blake via phone: "I was pretty nervous how long it was going to take to get it on her hook."
After a quick wash in Otter Tail lake, the diamond is safe, on Kellie O leary's left hand. Romance lured her in, and she will forever remember the bubbling lake that turned a mundane day of fishing.
Kellie: "It is just so awesome."
Into a lifetime of love. The couple got married in September and is celebrating right now with a honeymoon in Jamaica.