Connor Halsa caught the fishing tale of a lifetime this summer when he went in search of walleye and came away with a wallet.
There was $2,000 cash inside, cold and hard despite being wet and drenched. Nevertheless, Connor and his father agreed right once that they had to track down the owner.
Halsa and his father were planning a "drift" for walleye out on Lake of the Woods, the sixth-largest freshwater lake in the US, which has nearly 70 miles of water. After throwing their lines, Connor felt something somewhat weighty on the other side.
Connor told WDAY 7 news, "My cousin opened the wallet and said some things you probably shouldn't say, and he showed everyone, and we took the money out and let it dry out."
They utilized the number on a business card that was likely damp inside to locate the owner, who was 600 miles away in Iowa. If one can believe it, Jim Denny lost it while on a fishing getaway more than a year ago.
Denny's resort had to advance him the stay on credit, which was embarrassing for him, and he believed the wallet had jostled loose in the rough seas.
Denny traveled from Iowa to Moorhead, Minnesota, according to WDAY 7, to reunite with the old billfold and the money it held. Young Halsa declined all of the money within, claiming that it was the right thing to do.
Denney told WDAY, "I tried to convince them to take the money, but they wouldn't do it. To meet folks like that, who are so honest. "I would fight for Connor any day," the speaker said, "and take him as my grandson any day."
The two also took a moment to consider the likelihood of discovering the billfold. Half the size of Yellowstone National Park, Lake of the Woods is 1,679.5 square miles in size and may reach depths of 210 feet. The expression "one in a million" doesn't even begin to describe how small Halsa's line was able to pierce the leather of a wallet in the tens of cubic kilometers of water that was present.
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