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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First Impressions Davenham: Meet salon owner Abbey

Abbey, who is now 22, bought First Impressions Hair Salon in Davenham almost two years after working there as an apprentice stylist and gaining her level two and three qualifications.

Here, in our latest Meet The Salon Owner, Abbey tells us why she wanted to have her own salon despite only being in the business for four years and what plans she has for the future.

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First Impressions Hair Salon is on London Road in Davenham

First Impressions Hair Salon is on London Road in Davenham

What’s the name of the salon/business?

First Impressions Hair Salon

What’s the address?

443a London Road, Davenham, CW9 8HP

Are you the owner/manager?

I’m the owner.

How many employees do you have?

I have two employees working with me.

When did you open the salon?

I opened the salon in May 2021.

One of Abbeys transformations

One of Abbey’s transformations

Are you local to the area? Did you grow up here?

Yes, I grew up in Winsford.

Tell me a bit about your salon/business. What do you do? What services do you provide?

We are a WELLA salon and provide all aspects of haircare from colours, cuts and restyles as well as conditioning treatments and haircuts for men.

READ MORE: The busy Barnton salon welcoming customers for a hair cut and a chat

What’s your hair and beauty background?

My journey into owning a salon started when I left high school. I went straight into a hairdressing apprenticeship as I wanted to study in a real salon environment rather than a college one, which I felt it was more like school.

I managed to secure an apprenticeship with the team at First Impressions with the then owner Lindsay and her sister Sara and I never looked back.

I loved being on the shop floor

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Longtime Kanellos Shoe Repair shop in Edgebrook closes doors – Nadig Newspapers

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The Kanellos Shoe Repair shop at 6325 N. Central Ave. in Edgebrook has closed after more than 50 years in business, as the owner reportedly is terminally ill.

 “This business has permanently closed,” a note posted on the window says. Customers were given multiple opportunities to pick up their shoes, and any remaining shoes have been discarded, the note said. “There are no more shoes.”

“Owner has terminal illness and is in final stages,” the note said.

A note was taped to the storefront glass door: “I am so sorry! You and your shop meant a lot to Edgebrook. Thank you.”

On the Nextdoor social media platform, many residents are paying tribute to owner Peter Kanellakis.

“I’ve been going there since I was a teen. Mr. K could fix anything. Belt boot, luggage — you name it. Such a loss for Edgebrook,” one resident said.

Another posted, “Growing up the daughter of a shoe repairman, I had an appreciation for Mr. Kanellos’ work and dedication. Not too many have the talent. It’s truly a lost art.”

The thread on the store’s closing includes many comments about what some described as inappropriate images posted in the shop, including of women in bikinis from various magazines. One resident said, “A business open to the public needs to be welcoming to all members of the public.” Others have said that the images were unavoidable “in case you’re popping in with kids. Quick service.”

Another responded, “I have been using his services for over 32 years, and his craftsmanship has far outweighed the pictures on the wall. Simple answer: if you’re offended, go elsewhere.”


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