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A Dilworth teenager proved what kind of person she is Tuesday night, after stumble upon a large sum of cash. Erica Clark turned $2,800 into the Moorhead Police Department.
Valley News Team's Hope Hanselman caught up with the selfless young woman to find out more behind the good deed.

The DGF Boys Basketball team running up and down the court at Park Rapids High School Tuesday night will go home with some sweaty jerseys and a few lessons learned. But, the father-daughter team on the sidelines has already won gold.

"I've looked up to my dad, he's coached me all my life so I wanted to follow in his foot steps I guess and become a great coach one day," Erica said just before the game tipped off.

As the fans got going, it was clear, not one of them was cheering for the good deed Erica had done to deserve their applause. Erica had met her parents for a meal at the McDonald's in Moorhead just hours before. As they were all leaving, she looked down at the pavement to find an envelope covered in snow.

"When I opened and I looked at it, it was all hundred dollar bills and I was just shocked," she said.

  So, at 19 years old, in a McDonald's parking lot, Erica Clark held in her hands the largest amount of money she had ever laid eyes on; and knew it wasn't hers to keep.

"I couldn't believe it," she said. "I couldn't believe what they were probably feeling at that point."

Erica called her father, unsure of how to return the money. He drove her to the Moorhead Police Department. That was the moment, Lieutenant Tory Jacobson says his day was made.

"I certainly have never seen more than $2,800 returned to the police department during my 24 years with the department," Jacobson said.

  The money belonged to a Moorhead man who had dropped it on his way to buy a truck. But, Tuesday, that money was good for much more than a new set of wheels.

"I ran into an officer shortly after and his comment was, you know, I really appreciated seeing that. It warms their hearts as well," Jacobson said.

  So, these basketball players are taking a cue from their coaches. It's really not about whether you win or lose. It's how you play the game.

"There's still honest people in the world and that someone would turn it in... He didn't think he would ever be seeing that money again," Erica said as she met the man who dropped the cash.

He was so grateful to have it back, he and Erica scheduled a time to meet each other Wednesday so he could thank her in person. Erica tells us she never expected so much attention for it.



One area woman may have gone above and beyond what people call "Minnesota or North Dakota Nice," after she turned almost $3,000 in to the police. While returning to her vehicle after lunch on Tuesday, Erica Clark of Dilworth, Minnesota, discovered a small white envelope under the snow.

She picked up what was discovered to be a bank envelope with 28 new $100 bills inside, along with a bank receipt.  The receipt did not identify who had withdrawn the money, but had the transaction number for Wells Fargo Bank.

Erica Clark brought the envelope and money to the Moorhead Law Enforcement Center with hopes that the rightful owner could be located. With assistance from the Wells Fargo Bank in Moorhead, police were able to confirm the identity of the man who made the cash withdrawal.

The owner of the money ended up back at Wells Fargo in hopes that it was still at the bank. He indicated that he had been frantic upon discovering he had lost his cash and feared that it would never be returned to him. The man said he was about to miss out on the purchase of a pickup that he had committed to.

Once he got his cash back, he sincerely appreciated the actions of Erica Clark and said that he would be making contact with her. The Moorhead Police Department says they would like to thank Erica Clark for her commendable character and honesty.

Some local police departments have received larger sums of money by good samaritans. But, it hasn't topped this amount in years.




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