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King Turkey Day Medallion is found

The bronze-colored coin was found at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday.

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King Turkey Day Inc. President Susanne Murphy presents medallion finders Kristy Workman and her dog, Yo-Yo, with $100 in Chamber bucks.
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WORTHINGTON — Three clues was all it took for Kristy Workman and her Shih Tzu, Yo-Yo, to find the King Turkey Day medallion.

The duo discovered the bronze-colored coin taped to the underside of a piece of playground equipment at Olson Park at approximately 11:15 a.m. Wednesday.

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“We read the clue on Monday, and Tuesday we went out looking,” Workman said, noting that they concentrated their search on 10th Street because of the downtown reference in the first clue and parade reference in the second clue.

After an hour-long search yielded no results, Workman returned home and thought about the clues the rest of the day. When Clue #3 was published Wednesday morning, the phrases led her to Sunset Park, and then on to Olson Park.

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The King Turkey Day Medallion was found Wednesday morning at the playground in Olson Park.
Julie Buntjer / The Globe

“We (Kristy and her older sister, Cortney) read the clue and thought it must be out by the lake,” she said.

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Initially, Workman walked the bike path through Olson Park, checking under benches and picnic tables for the medallion.

“Then I started thinking about the first clue and Ruby playing, and I went back to the playground,” she said.

One particular piece of play equipment — a caterpillar shaped contraption — had a similar appearance to a frown, also noted in the first clue.

It was in searching along the piece that she found some packaging tape.

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“I noticed a piece of tape sticking off underneath, I reached for it and pulled and the medallion fell right into my hand,” Workman said.

On the phone with Cortney at the time, Workman said she’s pretty sure she screamed, “I found it, I found it,” and the two celebrated by screaming in unison.

“Yo-Yo started looking around like, ‘What did we find?’” she added.

While Workman, a Worthington native who recently moved back to town, has followed the medallion hunts in the past, this was the first time she was successful in finding the coin before anyone else could.

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As the finder of the medallion, Workman gets to keep the coin, and she received $100 in Chamber bucks.

Following are each of the King Turkey Day Medallion clues:

Clue #1

There once was a race downtown.

Two turkeys wanted the crown.

They started to play,

By the end of the day,

Ruby went home with a frown.

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Clue #2

The morning begins with a Trot.

People line the streets for their spot.

Some to the east,

Some to the west.

But don’t overlook this lot.

Clue #3

You’re on the right track

When the sun sets on your back.

The cars race by,

Under the stars you can lie,

But all you need is your pack.

Clue #4

There is always a view of the bay,

When you feel like an overnight stay.

The dogs like to run,

Some fish in the sun,

And the kids are too tired to play.

Clue #5

Get on your knees and it can be found,

In the playground, close to the ground.

The campsite is set,

And you won’t regret,

If Olson Park you are bound.

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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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