Albert Lea’s graduation ring finds its owner after 30 years | Archive

ALBERT LEA, Minnesota — A graduate of Albert Lea High School got her graduation ring back after 30 years apart on Monday.

Sandi Wadding was stunned when she learned that a Prior Lake woman, Denise McBride, and her 16-year-old son, Titus Jacobson, had discovered the ring in her newly acquired 1997 Mustang GT.

Jacobson bought the car with his father on an online auction site and picked up the Mustang in Rochester.

As Jacobson was cleaning up, he said he came across a ring and immediately told his mother.

“We took it back to Prior Lake where I live and I parked it in my garage and started working on it and cleaned it up and found this ring in it. I gave it away to my mom because I had no idea what it was,” Jacobson said.

However, McBride said she knew exactly what it was: a graduation ring.

McBride took to Facebook to find out the owner of the mystery ring, which had a date of 1990.

Through friends, Wadding said he discovered his previously stolen ring had now apparently returned and immediately contacted McBride.

McBride, Jacobson, and Wadding met in person, restoring her long-lost high school memory.

Wadding said no amount of money could replace his high school property that was stolen from him in 1991.

“There are things that mean more than money and having that possession can never be replaced no matter what you do,” Wadding said.

Wadding said she paid around $500 for the ring when she was around Jacobson’s age.

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