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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • ND man, Prante, reunited with class ring after 31 years

  • Greg Olson, who owns Treasure Island Coins and Precious Metals in Fargo, found the ring several years ago.
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  • A North Dakota man has been reunited with his high school class ring, more than three decades after he lost it.
    Jerry Prante drove from Wahpeton to Fargo on Saturday to pick up the ring that had gone missing 31 years earlier, the Forum reported Sunday (http://bit.ly/YnEqWh ).
    Greg Olson, who owns Treasure Island Coins and Precious Metals in Fargo, found the ring several years ago. He used it to demonstrate metal detectors to customers.
    One of Olson's employees recently noticed the initials JEP on the band and the name of the high school.
    This past week, Prante got a call from his old high school asking if he'd lost his ring.
    "I was surprised that that was what they were calling about," Prante said.
    When he met Olson at Treasure Island on Saturday morning in Fargo, Prante knew the ring was his.
    "It's the one," he said.
    The ring was still in good condition, which Olson said is typical of class rings.
    Prante can't remember how he lost the ring, but he said it could have disappeared when a tornado hit his parent's home in 1982.
    "You don't know where you lost it, and I don't know where I found it, but you're getting it back," Olson told Prante.
    "Yeah, that's the cool part," Prante said.
    Olson said Prante's ring is one of several he's returned during his 39 years of metal detecting.
    "It's always rewarding to make someone's day," Olson said.
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