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Forum staff reports, Published July 17 2009

Token finder says third year was the charm

Melissa Griffin has looked without luck for The Forum’s Treasure Token the past two years, so she and her boyfriend couldn’t help but think of those still scanning downtown after they found the token early Thursday.

“We kind of chuckled all the way to the car knowing all those other people were looking,” she said.

Griffin of Moorhead and her Fargo boyfriend, Kirt Liedahl, found the token a little after 2 a.m. under a bench outside of the Scott Hennen-owned radio studio at 64 Broadway. They get the first of three $500 prizes The Forum is giving out for locating the hidden tokens. This is the Forum’s third year of the token hunt.

They waited up to get a copy of Thursday’s edition of The Forum from a coin-operated vending machine outside of the newspaper’s downtown offices.

The clue read: “The token is new/The hiding spot is too/So stop talking and start walking – $500 waits for you.”

Griffin said they knew where to look right away, heading straight toward the studio as another group searching for the treasure eyeballed a downtown map.

The cash prize is going to help pay bills and, perhaps, to brighten the upcoming birthday of Hannah, Griffin’s 10-year-old daughter.

We may not have heard the last of Griffin and Liedahl. She said they plan to look for the other tokens as well.

“This is my year,” Griffin said.

How it works

  • The Forum is hiding one Treasure Token each day of the street fair. The tokens will be hidden on public property somewhere along the street fair route.

  • Each day, pick up The Forum to find clues to help you find that day’s token.

  • Then head downtown and scour the streets. Look high, look low, but know that no digging, dumping or destroying will be necessary to find the token.

  • If you find the token, return it by 5 p.m. to The Forum offices at 101 5th St. N. for a $500 cash prize. Your name and the story of how you found it will be published in the paper.

  • If each day’s token is not redeemed, more clues to find it will be published, and the hunt will continue.