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What they did was root out RF Days medallion

These high school sophomores banded together to find the 2014 River Falls Days medallion. Front, from left: Miranda Moe, and Kinsey Ruemmele. Back, from left: Anna Luebke, Elizabeth Gunderson, Riley Williams, Bailey Kusilek, and Rachel Kelm.

Rain didn’t dampen the spirt of many who went in search of the River Falls Days medallion. By 3 p.m. Friday, July 11, a group of seven River Falls High School sophomores claimed the prize.

Fifteen-year-olds Miranda Moe, Kinsey Ruemmele, Anna Luebke, Elizabeth Gunderson, Riley Williams, and Rachel Kelm; and 14-year old Bailey Kusilek said they started hunting for the medallion at 10:30 a.m. after one of the girl’s orthodontist appointments.

The group said they found the hidden medallion in Glen Park around 2 p.m. They said it was tucked into tree roots on a path at the bottom of the Glen Park stairs near the dam.

When asked if there were other people in the area searching, the girls said there were, but that “they walked right by it.”

Luebke said that nothing in the clues led them to the area, but they had searched the area during last year’s medallion hunt.

Kusilek said that they kind of thought the fish part of the clue meant near a river and you couldn’t get to the area by bike.

Since the girls had a River Falls Days button, they received $250. They said they planned to spend the money on dinner at Olive Garden.

For the rest of the story, see the July 17 print edition of the River Falls Journal.

Jillian Dexheimer
Jillian Dexheimer has been a copy editor and reporter for the River Falls Journal since 2011. She previously worked for the River Falls Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau. Dexheimer holds a sociology degree from UW-River Falls.
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