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Jesse Hodapp displays a ring Monday at Paffrath and Son Jewelers in Willmar. Hodapp's fiancé, Tiffany Koltes, lost the ring July 4 while swimming in Green Lake. The ring was found Monday. Tribune photo by Gary Miller

Ring lost for more than a month found


WILLMAR -- Tiffany Koltes of Eden Prairie was liberated from her engagement ring July 4 while swimming in Green Lake.

She didn't notice the ring, worth several thousand dollars, was missing until later so finding it in a lake as big as Green seemed unlikely.

Later that day when Todd Paffrath heard about the lost ring from Koltes' fiancé, Willmar native Jesse Hodapp, the jeweler knew who to call -- Larry Sagedahl.

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Gary Miller

Born and attended public schools in Willmar, Minn. Served 20 years in U.S. Navy as a photojournalist. Worked at West Central Tribune since retiring from the Navy in 1994.

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