New Vienna Woman Finds $1,000 Cash, Returns it to Owner

By Katie Wiedemann, Reporter

DUBUQUE, Iowa - It's been a stressful few weeks for Amanda Willenbring of New Vienna. Two weeks ago, she gave birth to twin baby girls. One of the babies remains at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

On Wednesday, Willenbring was taking the other twin to a check-up at Medical Associates Clinic in Dubuque. While walking into the clinic, Willenbring spotted a wad of cash in the parking lot.

"The first thing I noticed was what looked to be an orange and white bank label wrapped around a stack of cash," she said.

Willenbring says she was in disbelief when when she noticed a $100 bill on the top of the stack.

"I didn't count it, but I flipped through it and realized they were all $100 bills," she said.

Earlier in the day, Luke Meyer of Rockford was bringing his wheelchair-bound mother to an appointment at Medical Associates.

"I'd just come from the bank," Meyer said. "I got cash out to buy my mom some new computer equipment. The money must have fallen out of my back pocket when I was loading her into her wheel chair."

The $1,000 was something Willenbring could have easily kept for herself and her family.

"It actually was a lot easier to turn it in than it would have been to keep it." said Willenbring. "I wouldn't have been able to live with myself if I kept that money."

Meyer said he didn't realize the money was missing until he was driving back to Rockford. When he called Medical Associates Clinic to ask if anyone had turned it in, he says he was shocked to learn the answer was yes.

"In this day and age it's hard to find honest people. Fortunately, Dubuque still has some," said Meyer.
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