Stolen UND duck decoy returned in time for auctionLAKOTA, N.D. (AP) — A prized duck decoy that went missing in advance of a charity auction in North Dakota has been returned in time for the event.
LAKOTA, N.D. (AP) — A prized duck decoy that went missing in advance of a charity auction in North Dakota has been returned in time for the event.
The duck was painted with University of North Dakota colors and autographed by several former hockey team members, including some who play or played in the NHL. It was taken from the SunLac's Sundowner Lounge in Lakota sometime before Tuesday.
The duck will be among more than 80 plastic decoys to be auctioned Saturday in the Duckfest fundraising event to benefit the public libraries in Lakota and the nearby town of Michigan.
"We are so happy," said Maria Vasichek, a member of the Michigan Community Club and one of the Duckfest organizers.
The decoy was left in the men's restroom of the lounge and discovered about 8 p.m. Thursday, the Grand Forks Herald reported.
"Whoever it was felt pretty doggone guilty," said Rita Hjelseth, another event organizer. "We don't know who returned it, but we got it."
The UND hockey players whose autographs adorn the decoy are Matt Greene, Mike Commodore, Jake Marto, Matt Watkins, Robbie Bina, Andy Kollar, Mike Prpich, Lee Marvin, Andy Schneider, Jay Panzer and Chay Genoway.
Lakota, which has a population of about 650, is about 60 miles west of Grand Forks. Michigan, which has about 290 residents, is about 10 miles east of Lakota.