Skip to main content
Publish date:

Viral video of Mankato man asking brother to be his best man

The amazing moment has been shared across the country.
Author:

Brothers from southern Minnesota have gone viral after their feel-good moment was captured on video. 

Will Claussen, of Mankato, was recently engaged to be married and earlier this week he found a creative way to ask his brother, Henry, to be his best man. Claussen buried a message in a bottle, with Henry digging it up with a shovel. 

At first, Henry, who has a form of high-functioning Down syndrome, thought the message in a bottle was a prank. But read the note before realizing that it was an elaborate plan, to which he jumped into his brother's arms in a moment of pure joy. 

The message read: “Henry Joe, you are already the BEST bro, and my very BEST frand, so will you please say yes and be my BEST man?"

The moment has since gone viral, being shared across the country, including on ESPN's SportsCenter and The Today Show.  

"The attention has been overwhelming but in all the right and fun ways. We did not think it would go this viral but are glad it did because this world needs as much positivity as possible right now," Will Claussen told Bring Me The News.

"Henry provides us with very special moments like this on a daily basis so while his reaction was amazing, it wasn’t totally shocking as he is always a sweetheart." 

Next Up

Minnesota Wild

Wild's two third-period goals take down the Lightning

Ryan Hartman's go-ahead goal defeated the two-time defending champions.

Byron Buxton

Reports: Twins reach extension with Byron Buxton

The long-term deal locks in one of the Twins' franchise players.

Justin Jefferson

Vikings-49ers: 5 things you can count on

Sunday's matchup is a pivotal game in the NFC playoff picture.

Gopher Football

Watch: Gophers troll Badgers with 'Jump Around' after Saturday's win

First they took Paul Bunyan's Axe. Then they took their tradition.

Brandon Richart, missing person

Search underway for missing man in Anoka area

Brandon Richart was last seen Nov. 17.

U.S. Bank Stadium

5 teams win first state championships at Prep Bowl

A pair of records fell as the Prep Bowl lived up to the hype.

ashley Carlson

Remains of missing WI mom found in Pine County, MN

Ashley Miller-Carlson was 33 years old.

D'Angelo Russell

D'Lo's late takeover helps Timberwolves win double-OT thriller

Russell caught fire to help the Timberwolves get back to .500.

Gopher Football

Gophers suffocate Badgers, reclaim Paul Bunyan's Axe

Minnesota picked up its first home win over the Badgers since 2003.

Related

Screen Shot 2020-12-02 at 9.21.08 AM

Baby steals the show in Minnesota family's viral TikTok video

Definitely busting out that wobbly baby move at the next party...

Screen Shot 2019-08-15 at 7.42.13 AM

Viral video shows eagle dragging muskie out of St. Croix River

The video has gone viral with hundreds of thousands of views.

Screen Shot 2019-02-25 at 8.11.14 AM

Video of stuck vehicles in Rochester parking lot goes viral

The captions and music inserts make this video extra entertaining.

Screen Shot 2020-03-17 at 9.38.50 AM

Heartwarming Minnesota photo goes viral amid pandemic

The photo has been shared more than 745,000 times on Facebook.

Viral video: Horses pull semi up icy hill in southern Minnesota

The video came from just outside the small town of Canton, Minnesota.

Screen Shot 2021-04-14 at 2.38.15 PM

Viral drone video of Bryant Lake Bowl to be auctioned off as NFT

Non-fungible tokens are the latest craze in consumer finance.