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Class ring returned to owner after 21 years

By Anna Ericksonaerickson@parkrapidsenterprise.com Jessica Cooper was reunited with her Menahga Class of 1995 ring last weekend after losing it 21 years ago. Her younger sister called her up last weekend and excitedly told her to check out the Se...

Found class ring
Clesson Cotrell returns Jessica Cooper’s class ring lost in a car. (Submitted photo)

By Anna Erickson
aerickson@parkrapidsenterprise.com

Jessica Cooper was reunited with her Menahga Class of 1995 ring last weekend after losing it 21 years ago.
Her younger sister called her up last weekend and excitedly told her to check out the Sebeka/Wadena/Menahga Area Swap & Shop.
“I couldn’t figure out what would be so exciting on there but I checked it out,” Cooper said.
She went onto the site and discovered a Facebook post from Clesson Cotrell asking if anyone knew a Jessica Mathiew from Menahga that graduated in 1995.
“I have found something that belongs to her,” he said in the post.
That was Cooper’s maiden name. She contacted him and realized he had her class ring.
Cooper explained that 21 years ago she was on her way to go spear fishing with a friend and decided to put her class ring on the dashboard for “safe keeping.”
“A few beers, fish and hours later the ring was forgotten until we were on our way home and came to a curve, which sent the ring sliding across the dash only to slip right into the heat vent to be lost forever,” Cooper said.
Clesson had worked at Ness Motors in Park Rapids and had found the ring years ago, put it in a box filled with miscellaneous items in his garage and found it as he was organizing last week.
He decided to try and find the owner through Facebook. It worked.
“I’m truly blown away,” Cooper said.

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