WEST FARGO, ND (CBS/KXJB) - Two fisherman made quite the catch along the shores of the Sheyenne River this weekend; a letter from four girls from Kindred, North Dakota with a simple request.
Gary Hanson never thought he'd find hidden treasures in the Sheyenne, but you might call this the Red River Valley version of hitting gold.
A high tide sending a time capsule in a plastic one-liter right into Gary's backyard.
Gary and his buddy, Dave, were out here fishing on Saturday when they decided to clean up some of this debris near the dock. That's when they found what looked like trash was a bottle with a message inside. Gary reads, "Dear Finder, Hi, we are the class of 2001 7th grade geography class.."
And at 43 river miles away, the letter that should have taken two days to deliver to West Fargo showed up 11 years later.
But the message from Meghan, Lindsey, Alex, Tiffany and Jasmine of Kindred Public School was lamenated and clear. The note reads, "If you would be so kind to write us back at Kindred and answer the following questions..."
A project from the past studying the snakes of the Sheyenne, our current currents, Gary goes on to say, "When did you find the bottle? What shape was it in?"
The letter was even enclosed with a self-addressed envelope, they're a few cents short on stamps though. Gary says, "They made it pretty easy for me!"
Which is why more than a decade later, Gary says he still plans to reply. A piece of history that's drifted through our rising waters and the test of time. Gary says, "The fact that it finally made it somewhere..is pretty incredible."