FARGO-A little persistence-not to mention sacrificing some sleep-was worth $500 for a brother and sister from Dilworth.
Chris and Erica Clark were out from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, July 15, scouring downtown Fargo on the first day of the Northern Plains Coin Hunt, The Forum's annual treasure hunt during the Downtown Fargo Street Fair.
Erica, 21, said they had a hunch from Thursday's clues that the token good for $500 in gold from Northern Plains Coin might be at the former Schumacher Goodyear building. But their search didn't turn up anything, and they gave up for the day-until they heard The Forum would print another clue in the Friday, July 15, paper.
The Clarks came back downtown at 3 a.m. Friday, picking up a paper outside The Forum to find the last clue that sent them back to Schumacher Goodyear. After another extensive search, the siblings found their prize-a token stuck to the bottom of a metal fence.
"That's the first place we went, but we didn't look hard enough obviously," Erica said.
She had to go to work after the successful search to pick up the two boys she's nannying this summer, and came back downtown late Friday morning to claim her prize.
Chris, 24, is no stranger to the game. He found a coin in 2012, and was eager to win again.
While the siblings still aren't sure what they'll do with their $500, Chris said the secret to his repeated success is a bit of luck and plenty of persistence.
"You just have to be in the right place at the right time," he said.