NEVIS, Minn. (AP) _ A northern Minnesota man pulled off his sky high marriage proposal to his long-time girlfriend with some help from his family, a frozen lake and an airplane.

University of North Dakota aviation student Gavin Becker had his family's help etching out the big question with a snow blower in 25-foot-tall letters and a huge heart in the snow on Eight Crow Wing Lake near Nevis. Gavin's dad, Ed Becker, tells reporters it took about 41/2 hours to create the life-changing question.

Then Gavin rented a plane and took his high school sweetheart, Olivia Toft, for a ride over the lake Sunday.

There, in front of the family's lakefront In-We-Go Resort, was the proposal in big letters `Marry Me.' Olivia said yes.