Skip to main content

'Dirt fishing' turns up class ring missing for 24 years

  • Author:
  • Updated:

Every chance Todd Reichert gets he goes "dirt fishing."

He takes his metal detector outside and searches for treasures. Typically he turns up old coins, but on rare occasions, he finds something notable.

Last week, buried six inches below the St. Croix Falls High School football field in Wisconsin, Reichert found a class ring, KARE 11 reports. The ring belonged to Brent Paulson, who lost it 24 years ago – two weeks after he'd gotten it.

The class ring wasn't the last Paulson would lose.

"Two months or something after we got married and he lost the wedding ring," Paulson's wife, Maria, told KARE 11.

Reichert jokes that he'll help Paulson find that missing ring, too.

This embed is invalid

This isn't the first time a long-lost ring has turned up. A Mankato West High School graduate, who had lost her class ring while tanning in her backyard in 1980, got the ring back 33 years later. A man had found the ring in the mud, and his daughter turned the search for the owner into a class project.

On Valentine's Day in 2013, after days of searching, a man found his missing wedding ring on a snow-covered lake in Anoka County. The ring had slipped off his finger during a Polar Plunge event.

A Blaine graduate, whose class ring had been missing for 32 years, got a Facebook message in 2012 saying that a man found the ring hanging from the shift lever in a broken-down car in a junk yard.

Last spring, an Inver Grove Heights garbage collector used a hockey stick and his hands to dig through trash to find a woman's suitcase full of jewelry that she'd accidentally thrown away.

A Fridley woman, who was playing in a corn pit with her family, lost her wedding ring. But fate – and a metal detector – was on her side and the ring amazingly turned up.

In 2012, a woman's son found her engagement ring in some dirt outside her Lanesboro home. The ring had been missing since 1971.

Next Up


Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Friday, June 24

The next daily update will be provided Monday, June 27.

Pro choice rally

Walz, Jensen react to historic Supreme Court reversal of Roe v. Wade

After voting to overturn Roe, conservative Justice Clarence Thomas has hinted contraception and same-sex marriage protections should follow.

16362 County Rd 81, Maple Grove, Minnesota - October 2021 (4)

2-year-old killed in crash on County Road 81 in Maple Grove

The crash occurred Thursday evening on County Road 81.

police tape

BCA issues new details about St. Michael standoff, shooting

New details say a St. Cloud police officer struck the suspect with gunfire.

Screen Shot 2022-06-23 at 2.21.45 PM

92-year-old driver killed in rural Scott County crash

The crash happened around 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

Screen Shot 2022-06-24 at 7.29.06 AM

Big-time rain totals flood Highway 10 in central Minnesota

More rain and storms are expected Friday and Saturday morning.


Charges: Driver had just left local bar before deadly Shakopee crash

Witnesses said they were unable to help the 19-year-old Eden Prairie man who died in the crash after becoming trapped.

Chet Holmgren

Thunder selects Chet Holmgren 2nd overall in NBA Draft

The Minneapolis native becomes the highest-drafted Minnesotan in NBA history.

Screen Shot 2022-06-23 at 2.21.45 PM

One airlifted after crash on rural Scott County highway

The State Patrol shut down Highway 282 in both directions Thursday afternoon.

Flickr - police lights squad siren - Edward Kimmel

Police investigating after two men found dead in Maple Grove

Few details are known about the investigation.

12-web-or-mls-12 Dining room

Gallery: Charming, Northeast Minneapolis Home is perfect for first-time homebuyers

Located in the Holland neighborhood, it's near the Eastside Co-op, tons of amazing restaurants, breweries, and a distillery

US-169 BUS, Shakopee, Minnesota - June 2019 (1)

Eden Prairie 19-year-old killed in crash near Valleyfair is ID'd

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in this crash, involving a 26-year-old driver from Hopkins.