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Teen Fisherman Reels $2,000 And Finds The Owner

In an extraordinary stroke of luck, a teenage fisherman was astonished when he reeled in a lost wallet containing $2,000 in cash and then managed to reunite it with its grateful owner.

Connor Halsa
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Connor Halsa, 14, was on a family fishing trip on Lake of the Woods in Minnesota - a vast lake that straddles the Canada - US border. "I thought I had a huge fish, so I set the hook really hard," Connor told WDAY.

But it was no fish. It was a wallet full of money. "My cousin opened the wallet up, and he said some words you probably shouldn't say, and he showed everyone, and we took the money out and let it dry out," Connor recalled.

"My dad said we should give it to the person, and I said we should, too," Connor said.

Connor and his family found a business card inside the wallet. They made the call that would lead to Jim Denney, an Iowa farmer who was fishing on Lake of the Woods a year prior when he dropped his wallet overboard.

Denny made the trip from Iowa to meet the Halsa family and even offered to give Connor money, but the teen turned him down. "The odds of ever finding or hooking a billfold in 20 feet of water - I don't think there's a number," Denney said. "To meet people like that, who are that honest, I tried to get them to take the money, and they wouldn't do it."


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