By Todd Moen
When Linda Lutzke of Big Lake left her home on the morning of Wednesday, April 25, she had no idea that only hours later, she would begin a frantic adventure involving a search for one of her most valued possessions — her wedding ring.
“I was out and about, running errands,” said Lutzke, who began the day by visiting a friend and a couple of stores in Elk River and Monticello. “I went to the Walgreens in Monticello where I picked up some toys and a prescription.”
It was somewhere during those stops that Lutzke’s wedding ring went missing.
“I never noticed that my ring was missing until I got home,” she said. “I had it on when I left home and I remember seeing it while I tapped my finger on the steering wheel while listening to some music after leaving my friend’s house.”
Without wasting much time, Lutzke called her friend and all of the businesses that she had visited that day. Unfortunately, the ring was nowhere to be found … until the next day, at about 3 p.m., when Lutzke received a phone call from Walgreens.
“They asked me to describe my diamond ring and after I did that, they said they had it and they would keep it for me in their safe,” said Lutzke, who is a music teacher. After conducting lessons that afternoon, she raced to Walgreens to fetch her ring.
“I had it on my finger by 7:30 p.m. that night,” she said, noting that before Walgreens called, she and her husband of 44 years, Lee, had already starting making plans should they have to replace the ring, which Lee had given to her for their 38th wedding anniversary.
“When we married, we were very poor and only had matching wedding bands,” she said, explaining that the wedding ring Lee gave her on their 38th anniversary was the ring she had always wanted.
The ring was found by Tami Sawyer, a store team lead who has worked for Walgreens for the past two years. Sawyer said she saw it laying on the floor of one of the aisles, very much out in the open. It didn’t take her long to realize that the ring was a special piece.
“I looked at it and compared it to mine and it was definitely somebody’s really expensive wedding ring,” Sawyer recalled. “My gosh, I just couldn’t imagine losing something precious like your wedding ring. We had to keep it safe. I’m so glad we could help her. It was awesome.”
Lutzke described Sawyer as “the sweetest person ever — she’s an angel” and said she plans to stop by the store soon to show her appreciation to Sawyer.
“It reinforces there are still honest people in our world and in our own community,” Lutzke said.