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Medallion hunt winner to donate prize money to police department

Terry Sieben and his family won the $500 prize money for finding the Edina Realty medallion last week. He said he plans to donate the money to the Hastings Police Department.

Sandy Becker, office administrator at Edina Realty, said she thought the donation was a wonderful idea.

“I mean, usually people will say we’re going to go on vacation or we’re going to pay off bills, but for him to say he’s donating it, I just teared up, I got goosebumps,” Becker said.

Sieben said he talked with his wife about donating the money and they decided the police department made sense.

Sieben found the medallion last Friday afternoon at Veteran’s Park, near the water tower on the east side of the park. It was attached to a sign reading “No motorized vehicles” near the walking and biking path.

Sieben said he found the medallion in the second spot he looked. The fifth clue was what made him think of a cell tower and led him to Veteran’s Park. The clue reads, “To find it too bad there isn’t an app. The fantastic reception would make it a snap.”

He was at the park, just about to leave, when he decided to check out the bike path real quick.

“I pulled over on the side of the road and took two steps out of my truck and it was right there,” Sieben said.

Sieben said he was searching solo when he found the medallion, but he typically hunts with his family and they have been doing it for years. He said he remembers two times in particular from the past when they had walked right by the medallion. One year, he said a lady and her kids found the medallion right behind them. The second time, he was out with his sister and told her he thought it was behind a pole.

“We never looked and of course that’s where it was,” he said.

Sieben said to him, the medallion hunt is about the challenge and the family aspect.

“It’s fun, it gets you outside, and it gets you out together,” Sieben said.

Michelle Wirth

Michelle Wirth graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2013 with a degree in journalism and web design. She worked as a web content editor for a trade association before coming to the Hastings Star Gazette in 2016.

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