Diamond ring found in wastewater treatment plant returned to owner after 13 years

A diamond anniversary ring found in a regional wastewater treatment plant in the Twin Cities has been returned to its owner after nearly 13 years.

The Metropolitan Council previously found the ring in March at the treatment plant in Rogers, Minnesota, noting it was a “rare event, like winning the lottery.” After posting on Facebook about the discovery, the Met Council announced on Monday the ring was returned to its rightful owner.  

The ring was found by a maintenance crew that was working on a piece of equipment that separates large and heavy items from the wastewater as it enters the plant. As one of the technicians began to shovel out sand and grit that had settled to the bottom of the machinery, another technician spotted a shiny object in the material. It turned out to be the diamond ring. 

The Metropolitan Council posted on Facebook about the ring with “distinctive features” in hopes of locating the owner. Hundreds of people who had lost rings in the wastewater treatment system contacted Met Council about the found ring. Each person was asked to describe the ring and submit photos of it. 

Only one photo looked like a match. Two jewelers compared the ring photo against the actual ring, with both determining it was highly likely that it was a match. 

The owner positively identified the ring as the one that had been lost almost 13 years ago. After reuniting the owner with the diamond ring, the owner now wants to thank the

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Owner reunited with lost diamond ring found at Rogers wastewater treatment plant

Owner reunited with lost diamond ring found at Rogers wastewater treatment plant

A lost diamond ring found at the Rogers Wastewater Treatment Plant is now reunited with its owner, according to a news release from the Metropolitan Council.

The Met Council announced in April that workers had found a unique, gold ring “with a bunch of diamonds.” They then asked people who think the ring could be theirs to describe it and send in photos.

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Hundreds of people contacted the Met Council, hoping the lost ring was theirs. Only one photo looked similar, so two jewelers compared the ring to the photo and confirmed it to be a match, according to the release.

“My daughter called me and she said, ‘Mom, you’re never going to believe this,’” said Mary Strand, the owner of the ring.

She said her daughter alerted her to news reports about a ring being discovered at the wastewater plant.

Strand believed it could be hers, after losing a gold ring back in 2010.

She said her husband had gotten her a ring for their 33rd wedding anniversary but it was a little too big.

“I reached over and flushed the toilet and the ring fell in and it was swirling around and I truly dove for it,” Strand explains.

Oddly enough, the Strands run a sewer business called Viking Sewer and Drain Services, so they have experience in retrieving items that have gone down drains.

She said they took the toilet outside and tried to shake out the ring, then put a sewer camera 200 feet down the sewer line to see if they could find it.

“We’ve saved a lot of rings and we really thought

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Ring found in MN wastewater treatment plant returned to owner

Back in March, the employees went to social media in hopes of finding the rightful owner describing the dirty discovery, “like a needle in a haystack.”

ROGERS, Minn. — After nearly 13 years, a person who lost something very special has it back on their finger thanks to a sparkle in some sewage and some empathetic employees at a Minnesota plant.

The woman, Mary Strand, met with reporters Wednesday to share her unlikely story, during which she laughed… a LOT. 

Back in March, a diamond ring was discovered at a regional water treatment plant in Rogers.

John Tierney, a mechanical maintenance manager for The Metropolitan Council’s nine wastewater treatment plants, and a few coworkers were shoveling debris from the equipment when Tierney spotted the ring.

They went to social media in hopes of finding the rightful owner describing the dirty discovery, “like a needle in a haystack.”

But they were pretty confident the unique design of the diamond ring could be the key to finding their mysterious ring flusher.

And sure enough, the “precious” ring was reunited.

Mary told reporters on that fateful day she was using the downstairs bathroom in their home, washed her hands and was going to flush the toilet. At that moment the ring, which was given to her as a 33rd anniversary present by her husband Dave, slipped off her hand and plunged to the bottom of the toilet bowl. 

“It was swirling around, I truly dove for it, and it went down

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Wife mistakenly flushed diamond ring 13 years ago. Then wastewater crews see ‘sparkle’

Mary Strand accidentally dropped her diamond ring into the toilet 13 years ago — then she flushed and saw her beloved jewelry swirling down the drain.

“I’m watching this ring swirl,” she recalled when talking with the Metropolitan Council, which provides services for the Twin Cities metropolitan area. “I dove for the ring, and it went down. It went down the drain. “

Panicked, the first thing the Rogers, Minnesota, woman did was call her husband, who happens to run a sewer and drain cleaning business.

He shook the toilet, hoping his wife’s ring might be stuck, but he had no such luck.

He also used a sewer camera — that can look about 200 feet away from the toilet — but “didn’t see anything,” he said in a Metropolitan Council video.

“I never, ever, ever thought that I would ever see this again,” Strand said.

Then in March, crews at the Rogers Wastewater Treatment Plant “spotted a sparkle coming from the muck” while working on machinery, according to a May 17 news release from the Metropolitan Council.

“Buried in the grit and the muck, they found a chisel, a clamp and a diamond ring,” officials said.

Metropolitan Council Maintenance Manager John Tierney “realized that it was probably special to someone and made a public appeal to find the ring’s owner,” according to the release. “Hundreds of people responded and shared photos and descriptions of rings lost down the drain. But only one photo stood out.”

That photo was of Strand’s long-lost diamond ring.

“Two jewelers compared the ring with the photo, and both said it was a likely match,” officials said.

“Against all odds,” the ring was returned to Strand on May 8.

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