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Twins turn in $200 in found money

by Merrie Leininger, Staff Writer

When twin brothers Ira and Taylor Kersten-Wines found more than $200 near their Indian Hills home, they never thought to keep it.

The boys, who are 11, immediately called their mom, Maggie Kersten, a Jacks Valley Elementary School 4th grade teacher.

“We were going to see our friends and were running and Taylor slipped on some mud,” Ira said. “He broke some ice and we saw the money. We said, ‘Whoa. We found money.’ Then we called mom. She told us to go and see if we could find a wallet, so we got our boots on and broke all the ice, but there wasn’t a wallet.”

When asked if they were tempted to keep it, Taylor said that thought never entered his mind.

“It was a lot of money. We didn’t want to hide it,” Taylor sad.

“We couldn’t do anything with it,” Ira said. “Our mom would say, ‘Where did you get all that money?'”

Maggie Kersten said she is proud of the boys, who last year found more than $100 at the school and immediately turned it in. A parent had dropped it in the gym, and the boys took it to the office.

Kersten, who also has a daughter, Eimile, 14, said the boys were very excited when they called her.

“They said, ‘Mom, you won’t believe this.’ I thought they found a dead body or something, they were so earnest. They are real sweet, good boys,” Kersten said. “I came home and it was all laying out on the table to dry. It didn’t look like it had been out there long. Officer Joe Duffy came down and wrote down the information. That was very exciting for them.”

No one has come forward to claim the money. According to Douglas County Sheriff’s Office policy, if it is still unclaimed after 90 days, the boys can have it.

It would be the most money the boys have ever had. It is certainly more than the $1 a week they each earn if they clean their room.

“I try not to think about it, so it will come fast,” Taylor said.

Ira said if they get to keep the money, he would like to buy ski boards. Skiing is one of his favorite things.

The boys also like to play with their friends and in-line skate.

Kersten said the boys are also good citizens at school. They received an honor from the school last year called Block E. The students have to earn points by earning good grades, running 15 miles in a school year, doing jobs around the school and other activities.

Taylor, who said his favorite subject is P.E., was a reading tutor and helped in the library. Ira was on the honor roll and won an attendance award. They both earned enough points to receive their letters last year when they were in the 4th grade.

Last year, they also wrote a letter of recommendation for their great-grandmother, Lourinda Wines, 99, who was named a Nevada Woman Role Model. They described how she started the Nevada Cowbelle Association and was a teacher in the early days of Nevada.

The boys said they know the right things to do by watching their mom. She said they sometimes talk about moral lessons they see on TV or read about.

“They see some of the kids at school and the poor choices they make. We talk about it a lot. I let them come to the point where they realize it’s better not to be around that person. They’re good boys. I think it is really noble of them,” Kersten said.