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Dew Days: No time to nap this year

Jacob Hovden and his son Noah found this year’s Farmington Rover on the fourth day of the Dew Days medallion hunt.

Jacob Hovden and his family were hot on the trail of the Dew Days medallion a year ago when the kids needed to go home for a nap. They were still resting when someone else tracked down the prize.

This year, not even nap time could stop them. Hovden and his son Noah turned in the medallion — in this case a five-legged Farmington Rover — at around 2 p.m. Friday afternoon. They found it along a trail in Farmington’s Prairie Waterway.

Hovden and his family, who live near the waterway, started looking for the medallion on Tuesday. The second clue, which mentioned a “land of waters replete,” put them on the right path.

“I figured that meant there was plentiful water,” Hovden said.

The clue also mentioned an area “where tree lines end but seldom meet,” a reference to the neighborhood’s parallel-running streets named after trees.

The fourth clue featured a photo of the trail where the rover was hidden. And while Noah’s younger brother and sister still had to go home for a nap before the medallion was found, he and his father kept hunting.

That paid off. The prize for finding the button is $150 if the finder has a Dew Days button, which Hovden does.

Noah said he enjoyed searching for the medallion. He particularly liked getting out and riding his bike.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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