One Good Find Deserves Another

Owen Schipnewski never expected to see his favorite hunting jacket and the wallet and cash it held after losing it on a hunting trip four years ago.


Losing your favorite hunting jacket is not a trivial thing, especially when it has a camouflage pattern you’ve found successful but is no longer produced.

Adding to Owen Schipnewski’s woes when he lost his favorite hunting jacket was this:  His wallet was tucked away in its inside chest pocket. It held a sizeable amount of cash, his driver’s license and credit cards, and his son’s newly-acquired hunter safety certificate.

He lost it four years ago this autumn while taking his son goose hunting near the Lac qui Parle Wildlife Refuge. The jacket must have flown out of the back of his pickup truck. Although he made a search for it, Schipnewski figured his chances of ever getting it back were poor. Lac qui Parle attracts hunters from all over the state.

The jacket’s finder called him just a couple of weeks ago.

Let’s just say Trent Jorgenson has no prospects for a career in law enforcement. He’d never find anything on any suspect he might frisk.

Jorgenson had found 10 gauge shotgun shells in the jacket he found lying along the road four years ago, but nothing that offered him any information on the owner’s identity.

The jacket sat in his garage, went into boxes during two moves and was otherwise untouched until some old high school buddies called. They suggested a waterfowl hunt on the slough where Jorgenson farms near the Lac qui Parle refuge.  Jorgenson remembered the waterfowl jacket he found and pulled it from storage with plans to toss it in the washing machine. Before dropping it into the suds he did a more thorough check of the pockets, and that’s when he found the wallet.

He tracked down Schipnewski, who lives north of Renville and owns Newski’s Auto Shop in Clara City. He apologized for not having found the wallet and consequently its owner previously. Now that he had, he wanted to make sure Shipnewski got his jacket, wallet and the $1,700 it contained back.

“It says there’s still good people in the world,’’ said Shipnewski.

He picked it all up, and despite Jorgenson’s protests, left behind enough cash so that he can buy a brand new hunting jacket.