Worthington family finds King Turkey Day Medallion on Day 2

Katie and Jeremy Iwen, along with sons Riley and Leon, share in $100 Chamber Bucks prize.

King Turkey Day Board President Jason Johnson congratulates the Iwen family of Worthington for finding the KTD Medallion Tuesday morning. Family members include Riley, 13, Leon, 2 1/2, Katie and Jeremy. (Special to The Globe)

WORTHINGTON — It took just over 24 hours for someone to find the 2021 King Turkey Day Medallion, and it likely wasn’t in the place many medallion hunters were searching.

The Jeremy and Katie Iwen family discovered the medallion at approximately 9:30 a.m. Tuesday near Kelly Park along Worthington’s Diagonal Road (Nobles County 25). The medallion was resting on a ledge behind a Welcome to Worthington sign that greets travelers coming into town from the northwest.

This is the first time the Iwens have found the medallion, though they’ve been “just a little too late by just a few hours” numerous times in the past, according to Katie Iwen.

“We look every year,” she added.

A bus driver for ISD 518, Katie and husband Jeremy, along with 13-year-old son Riley and 2.5-year-old Leon searched for the medallion Monday morning after her route. The first clue led them to the Nobles County Library on 12th Street because of the phrase “read into the clues.” After studying the phrases more that afternoon, and then reading the clue that was released early Tuesday morning, it was Jeremy who suggested they look at Kelly Park. Riley was back at school on Tuesday, so the couple took Leon with them.


They were the only people searching at the park.

“Katie thought the lines … and circle … had to do with a basketball court, and when we read ‘double the fun,’ we thought of two basketball courts,” Jeremy said. Initially, they thought of searching at the courts near the West Learning Center, but then Jeremy deployed Google Maps and began searching potential hiding spots along Diagonal Road, Straight Avenue and Triangle Park.

“I saw Kelly Park on Google Maps and saw there was a cul-de-sac there,” Jeremy said, adding that it fit with the clue of lines and a circle. With that, the family was ready to make that their first stop on Tuesday morning.

“We looked at the Kelly Park sign first,” Jeremy said. “Then we walked over to the bushes by the Worthington sign. “Katie walked passed us and as she walked over there, we found it.

“She was very excited,” Jeremy added.

The couple grew up in Worthington, Jeremy often taking part in the search for hidden medallions for community festivals. Katie said she didn’t start searching for them until she was an adult. Now, they’re creating a tradition for their sons.

And to keep their interest alive, the family split the $100 in Chamber bucks — Riley got a $25 Xbox card, Leon received a new Hot Wheels track, Katie bought some items for refinishing a chair and they still have some money left over to spend another day.

Following are the five KTD Medallion clues in their entirety.



Hey, it’s the KTD medallion here,

I missed you all so much last year!

With this clue, the hunt has officially begun

And now it’s time for double the fun in 2021!

My hiding spot may seem kind of tough

But not if you read into the clues close enough.



So many different lines run throughout our town.

Some are curvy, some go diagonal, and some run up and down.

Between one of these lines and a circle is where I can be found,

And the place where I sit faces the side that is round.


Life is really good,

Here in this homey neighborhood.

I hear children giggling with glee,

As they swing and slide and play happily.


Here we are on clue #4 and no one has found me yet,

But some of you are getting very close, I’ll bet!

If you are standing on solid rock,

Then please take a short walk

To where the grass is kelly green

I am hiding somewhere in between.


People traveling state to state

Pull into town where I await.

With a warm welcome and a Worthington greeting,

For those who come to fill their car with gas or maybe do some eating.

Behind the sign is where I’m tucked,

Turn me in for $100 in Chamber Bucks.

Julie Buntjer became editor of The Globe in July 2021, after working as a beat reporter at the Worthington newspaper since December 2003. She has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism from South Dakota State University.
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