When you're hunting for the Dodge City Days medallion, sometimes patience is the best strategy.

    At least, patience paid off this year for Wendy Waller, who found the medallion with her daughters Jorden and Morgen.

    The three turned in the medallion on Tuesday and claimed their $500 reward.

    Waller said she usually waits to begin her search until she's narrowed down the list of possible hiding places. This year, her "Eureka" moment came when she read Monday's clue: "Get out of your kitchens' and just do it."


When you're hunting for the Dodge City Days medallion, sometimes patience is the best strategy.
    At least, patience paid off this year for Wendy Waller, who found the medallion with her daughters Jorden and Morgen.
    The three turned in the medallion on Tuesday and claimed their $500 reward.
    Waller said she usually waits to begin her search until she's narrowed down the list of possible hiding places. This year, her "Eureka" moment came when she read Monday's clue: "Get out of your kitchens' and just do it."
    Based on an earlier clue, Waller already knew that the medallion was somewhere near a sports practice field. Then came the "kitchens" clue, which pointed her to a site near the Kitchens Inc. sign on U.S. Highway 50.
    Waller's in-laws, Vinton and Ramona Waller of Colorado, had come to Dodge for a visit and decided to stay over Monday night. So Waller asked them to join her in searching for the medallion, since she had deduced the hiding place.
    "I gave them the option: 'Either sit here and watch TV or come with us, but I'm leaving. I know where it's at!'" Waller said.
    So the group drove over to the south side of U.S. 50, where Waller thought she would find the medallion along the fence. Rain was pouring down when they arrived, so they waited until the storm eased before climbing out of their truck and starting their search.
    Twenty minutes later, Waller found the medallion on the ground next to the fence, buried under some leaves. It was about halfway between the back entrance to Dodge City Community College and the corner of North 14th Avenue and U.S. 50.
    Then she announced the news to the rest of the group, which was waiting over by the truck.
    "I jumped up and down and said, 'I found it!'" Waller said. "They thought I was playing a joke on them, but I wasn't."
    The group tried calling the Globe from the truck to announce the find, but the office was already closed for the night.
    After claiming the $500 prize Tuesday morning, Waller gave $100 apiece to Jorden and Morgen. She said she wasn't sure how she'd spend the remaining $300, but she might use it to buy camping goods or other items.
    Morgen wasn't certain how she would spend her share of the reward, but Jorden said she'd probably put her portion in a savings account.
    Waller's husband, Jeff, said that his wife's success held a lesson for other medallion hunters.
    "Don't quit looking, because there might be 500 at the end," he said.