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Centennial ends on a sour note

Winning bench stolen

August 23, 2013
Estherville News

WALLINGFORD?- After a successful weekend celebrating their 100th anniversary, Wallingford residents awoke the following Monday morning to something unbelievable. Someone had stolen their prize-winning bench during the night.

To kick off the centennial, residents were asked to paint a bench. Over 40 benches were used throughout the town for visitors to sit on during the festivities. One resident in particular spent many painstaking hours painting her bench. It paid off as she was awarded second prize in the contest. But to her horror, when her husband and she went to pick up the bench on Monday morning, they found that it had been stolen during the night. At first they thought it was some kind of cruel joke but after checking with many of their practical joking friends, they realized that this was no joke.

"We would like to get this bench back for our local citizen" comments Mayor Terry Osher. "Please be on the lookout for a six-foot bench, painted in many colors." It has a swirl design with shiny jewels glued throughout the bench. If you see this bench, please contact the Emmet County Sheriff at (712) 867-4522. Or it can be returned to 41 St. James Ave., Wallingford. No questions asked. Thanks.



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