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Published July 18 2010

Dilworth girl finds final treasure token

Nine-year-old Kallan McSparron learned Saturday that a little persistence goes a long way.

Long after her bedtime, the Fargo Oak Grove Elementary School fourth-grader searched with her parents for an hour downtown for The Forum Treasure Token.

And it paid off.

Outsmarting dozens of token seekers scouring downtown, she found it, winning the final $500 prize offered by the newspaper during this year’s Fargo Downtown Street Fair.

“We felt kind of like bad parents,” dad Dave McSparron said about the early search as bars closed. “But it was a good lesson for her in sticking with something.”

After seeing The Forum’s article on Thursday’s winner, Kallan urged her parents to look for the elusive prize. To have a chance at nabbing it, they planned to grab an early copy of The Forum as it hit the newsstands.

The Dilworth family joined more than a dozen other determined treasure hunters for the early morning search.

Kallan was first in line.

“We grabbed it and ran,” she said of the paper.

The clue to look near the “busy streets” sent them to the intersection of NP Avenue and Broadway while the clue that the losers of the hunt will “sing the blues” pointed Kallan to the navy-blue postal boxes.

Underneath one, the family found the token.

Kallan said she’ll use the money for a phone and to contribute to her church and savings account – a good lesson, her parents said, in giving back and managing money well.

But the lesson won’t end there. She’ll also share her winnings, giving $100 each to her parents.

This is the contest’s fourth year. When asked if she’ll participate next year, Kallan responded, with wide eyes, “Oh, yeah.”

Readers can reach Forum reporter Kelly Smith at (701) 241-5515