FARGO – Thanks to a hunch and a trip for lunch, a pair of Sanford Health coworkers turned a break downtown into a successful treasure hunting quest.
William Duppler and Kyle McCallum, both of Fargo, found the Day 2 Northern Plains Coin with the help of only two of the three clues. The third clue hadn’t been revealed yet.
The coin was hidden underneath a recently painted Dumpster on the east side of the Hotel Donaldson.
“After that second hint went up, we kinda had a good clue where to go,” McCallum said.
The colleagues said they had been following the clues online all morning and had tried in vain to find Thursday’s coin.
The first clue on Friday – “art is subjective” – led them straight to the Dumpsters.
“He knew that the dumpsters had been painted,” Duppler said of his friend.
The second clue, advising people to “look low,” sealed it for the two.
The coin was magnetized and taped underneath the Dumpster in the alleyway behind the hotel. At first they looked under the lids, but then, after some crawling on the ground, they found the prize.
“It was a good hunch,” McCallum said.
The two said they were looking for an excuse to leave work for a bit and check out the Downtown Street Fair.
“It’s a great lunch break,” McCallum said.
The two planned to cash out the two gold coins – one worth $150 and the other worth $350 – and split the money.
Friday’s clues, with the final third clue:
1. They say art is subjective. Pay attention and follow our directive.
2. Do look low, don’t look high, gold waits for those who try.