For more than two weeks, Patricia Vargas would open the Empire-Tribune every morning to read the latest clue in the search for the coveted medallion. Then she would call her friend Marla Gibson before the two would set out on the day's search.
The medallion was "Santa's lost gift" and whoever found it was to win a $500 gift card from Walmart.
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Sara Vanden Berge is the managing editor of the Empire-Tribune. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @ETeditor.