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Forum staff reports, Published December 20 2012

Gold coin deposited in Fargo Salvation Army kettle

FARGO – A gold coin was found in the Salvation Army kettle at Scheels on 45th Street early Wednesday.

The coin was a South African gold Krugerrand, The Salvation Army stated in a release, and is valued at more than $1,600.

A quarter-ounce gold coin valued at more than $400 was placed in the kettle at Northport Hornbacher’s on Monday, the release stated.

“We’re so grateful to the individual who deposited the gold coin. It has become somewhat of a tradition, and we anxiously wait each year to see if a special coin will come,” Captain Bill Mealy of The Salvation Army said in the release.

The Salvation Army has met 60 percent of its $825,000 goal for its 2012 campaign. As of Thursday, 193 2½-hour shifts were still in need of volunteers.

If anyone is interested in volunteering for bell ringing, call The Salvation Army at (701) 356-2691. If anyone is unable to stop by one of the kettles, checks can be mailed to: PO Box 1979, Fargo, ND 58107