Woman Loses New Diamond Ring In Corn Kernel Pit

7:16 AM, Oct 8, 2012   |    comments
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BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. (KARE) - The simple purpose of a maze, in spite of all the setbacks, you eventually find what you are looking for. At the Twin Cities Maze in Brooklyn Park, that journey now has more meaning for the Miller family, of Fridley.

Karilyn and Jon Miller and their three young children have made the fall event a tradition, ending their night in the maze corn pit, a giant bin of corn that's a favorite spot for families.

The couple just saw the posted signs warning customers to take their jewelry off before entering the corn pit, but it was just a moment too late. Miller went to scoop up a handful of corn with her daughter, when her wedding ring slipped off.

"My husband just upgraded my ring two months ago. So it did mean a lot, but when it happened, I just said a prayer, God, I know it's just a ring, but if you can help us find this?" she said.

The corn pit is 60 feet by 60 feet, and three feet deep, filled with seven semi-truck loads of corn kernelsm according to farmer and owner Bert Bouwan.

"One of the products you can get out of the corn is starch. Starch makes your hands slippery. It's a dry lubricant, and the cold weather makes your fingers a bit thinner so the rings can easily slip out," said Bouwman. "We lost between five and eight rings last year, but we have an 80 percent or better return to be able to find them back."

Luckily for Miller, hope was just around the corner.

Dale Webb runs the nearby rock wall with his family, and heard the commotion as dozens of people began to help in the search for her ring. He grabbed a metal detector, which his family has learned to keep handy to help in just this type of situation.

"Last year, my mom found 14 rings," he said.

After an hour and a half, the search seemed hopeless, until Webb got a blip on his metal detectors.

"He said you won't believe it, we found it! This is amazing, this is such a miracle," said Miller.

She says she was brought to tears as all the people in the corn pit erupted in applause.

"You always hear that needle in the haystack, now it's the ring in the corn pit, you know?" she said. "We do call it the miracle of the ring."

Miller quickly forgot what she briefly lost, because in the end her family found something worth much more.

"Just the little things, all these people just having so much good in their hearts to help us .This was just a simple prayer of hope and faith, and they found this ring all these people working together and coming together for somebody they didn't know," she said.

The Twin Cities Maze is open weekends through the end of October, at the corner of Highway 169 and 109th Avenue in Brooklyn Park. The maze is a military tribute and part of the proceeds benefit military families.

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