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Boy finds guide’s mum’s long-lost wedding ring

When an 11-year-boy dug up a wedding ring in Norway at the weekend, he could scarcely believe the swiftness with which the mystery unraveled and the gold band was reunited with its owner 13 years after it disappeared.

Boy finds guide's mum's long-lost wedding ring
Finding a ring doesn't always lead to such a happy ending. Just ask this fellow (Photo: Dan Whetton)

Martin Rissmann was out hunting for treasure with a group of adults and other children on Bjørkøya, a small island off the south coast of Norway, when his metal detector suddenly started beeping, newspaper Verdens Gang reports.

Digging in a patch of ground where a caravan had once stood, the delighted young forager pulled out a ring with the inscription: “Your Hans Jakob 19/7-85”.

Keen to trace its origins, Rissmann immediately showed the ring to Ida Kjellemyr, the tour guide leading the expedition.

Kjellemyr, 20, described how she gave an excited leap on reading the inscription.

“I saw that it said Hans Jakob, and that’s my dad! I knew mum had lost her wedding ring when I was small.”

She instantly contacted her mother, Bjørg Kjellemyr, 45, who recalled the day in 1999 when she and her husband took their dog for a walk with another couple on the island where they were holidaying.

The older woman remembered suffering slightly from eczema and scratching at her hand along the way. When they returned to the caravan, she realized to her despair that she’d lost her wedding ring. Although they retraced their steps with their friends, the ring was nowhere to be seen.

Bjørg Kjellemyr said she never replaced the ring but thought about it often, particularly on special occasions like her recent 25th wedding anniversary.

For a brief moment, however, her daughter wondered if she had been mistaken.

“Ida rang and said: ‘Mum, when did you get married?’

“1986, I said.”

The younger women explained that the inscription appeared to date the ring to 1985. But her mother quickly remembered that the date inscribed in the wedding ring was in fact the date on which she and her Hans Jakob had got engaged.

“’Is it possible?’ I said then, and my daughter confirmed that it was true. It just made me so wonderfully happy,” she told Verdens Gang.

Bjørg Kjellemyr said she had already arranged a reward for young Martin Rissmann. On hearing where the ring was found, she noted that she must have lost it back at the caravan when she returned from her walk on that day 13 years ago.

“It’s just incredible; I’ll have to thank Martin for a fantastic job. And it was so fortunate that my daughter was there that particular day,” she said.

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Norwegian road authority in hot water for dumping rocks near UNESCO-listed fjord

The Norwegian Public Roads Administration will need to clear up more than 1,000 trucks worth of stones and rubble it left near the stunning UNESCO world heritage listed Nærøyfjord.

Norwegian road authority in hot water for dumping rocks near UNESCO-listed fjord
Nærøyfjorden near to where the Norwegian Public Roads Administration left behind more than 11,000 cubic metres of rocks. Photo by Arian Zwegers on Flickr.

Fly-tipping and rubbish dumping are typically associated with rogue tradespeople and cowboy builders, but it’s the Norwegian Public Roads Administration that is being asked to clear some 11,250 cubic metres of rocks it left near a UNESCO listed beauty spot.

The breathtaking Nærøyfjord in Aurland municipality, south-western Norway, is a landscape conservation area meaning its protected and, therefore, the rubble shouldn’t have been left there.

“This is a blister. We will clean up after ourselves,” Stig Berg Thomassen, project manager for the road authority, told NRK.

The rocks were left behind following a project to upgrade the nearby Gudvanga tunnel.

Thomassen said the mess was left in the conservation area because it wasn’t clearly marked as off-limits.

Nærøyfjorden has been listed as a landscape conservation area since 2002, and the site was added to the UNESCO world heritage list a few years later in 2005.

READ ALSO: You can now get married at this famous Norwegian beauty spot

The municipality in Aurland has given the road authority until December 17th to clear the mess. The mayor for the municipality said the road authority would begin to clear up the remnants of its building project as soon as possible.

The stones won’t be going far, though and will only be moved around 50 to 100 metres along the road to where the conservation area ends.

Project manager Thomassen has admitted that the situation could have been avoided with better planning.

“Yes, we should have probably have done that (prepared better). The situation is as it is, so we just have to clean up. It won’t take long to move the rocks. The Stones will only be transported 50 to 100 meters,” he confessed.

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