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Teenager out fishing reels in a wallet loaded with cash

Connor Halsa is a teenager from Minnesota who loves to fish, and the 14-year-old made a big catch recently. Except what he caught wasn't a fish. He reeled in a treasure.

Connor has the best summer vacation story that will be hard to top."We like we were doing a walleye drift, so we stopped the boat, and like we put some spinners on and like we just let the waves take us," he said.

While fishing with his family he felt his line pull.

"I thought I had a big fish, and I set the hook really hard," he said.

His cousin Brandon netted it for him.

It was a billfold, full of money.

"My cousin Brandon opened the wallet up and he was like, he said some words that you probably shouldn't say, and then he said there was some money in it, and he like showed everyone. And then we like took the money out and placed it all on the dashboard to let it dry off," Connor said.

It was $2,000! Connor agreed with his dad that they should return it.

The money and other items inside the billfold of moss and water also contained a business card. So the family called the number and tracked down the owner.

"I tell you what, if I didn't if I got the billfold in my hands. It is still hard for me to believe," said Jim Denney, an Iowa farmer. He thought the money and wallet he'd lost was gone forever. Denney recently made the trip from Iowa to Minnesota where he met Connor and his family.

He offered to give Connor a reward, but he wouldn't take it.

Denney gave Connor a fancy personalized cooler. But more than that, he gave Connor a compliment worth much more than the cash found at the bottom of the lake.

"I would take Connor for a grandson any day and I would fight for him any day," Denney said.

young boy fishing with dad's help

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