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ODDLY ENOUGH: Lost time: Capsule eludes Wis. officials

Monday, December 27, 2010


Lost time: Capsule eludes Wis. officials


Officials in the Wisconsin village of Kimberly want to commemorate the community’s 100th anniversary by digging up a time capsule that was buried 25 years ago. There’s just one problem: No one knows where it is.

The time capsule held coins, news clippings and a bottle of New Coke in a 2-foot-long piece of white PVC pipe. It was buried near the municipal building in 1985.

However, the capsule had to be dug up in 1997 when the building complex was remodeled. Kimberly street commissioner Dave Vander Velden says it’s not clear where — or even if — it was reburied.

The Post-Crescent of Appleton says officials are using a metal-detection device to help them find the wayward time capsule.

Coin dropped in kettle in Colo. worth $1,400


A valuable gold coin dropped into a Salvation Army kettle outside a Colorado Walmart resembles similar rare coins donated across the nation.

Salvation Army bell ringer Clair Harger found the unusual coin in her kettle in Broomfield Wednesday. The charity investigated and found it was a 1983 South African Krugerrand coin worth $1,400.

Similar valuable Krugerrands have turned up in Salvation Army kettles in Florida, Indiana and Washington. A Kruggerand was also dropped in a kettle in Boulder last year.