Clinical Resource Manager at Crawford Healthcare/treasure hunter/Amazon reviewer
Rochester Magazine: Are you still involved in the Zumbro Valley Treasure Hunters?
Andy Marxen: This is the first time in 14 years I haven’t been a member.
RM: Are you still doing metal detecting?
AM: As often as possible, but not as often as I like. I got out for about a half hour last week. I found a wheatback penny, 1945, worth about a nickel. I spent 45 minutes in Cannon Falls a couple of weeks ago. I found an 1865 Indian Head penny, which is worth about $15.
RM: Tell me about Virgil Kelm.
AM: It was about a 100-degree day a few years ago and I’m heading home from Sioux Falls. I’m at Blue Earth and there was this dug up boulevard. It was a street project. They were doing sewers, sidewalk. I have my stuff with me at all times: the shovel, metal detector, and my pouch for the treasure. After about a half hour I found a gold Jostens class ring. It said “64” on it. It said “VK.” It said “BE,” so that was Blue Earth. I contacted the school and they gave me a name—Virgil Milo Kelm. I Googled him in the parking lot. The first name that came up was Rev. Virgil Milo Kelm from Chesterfield, Missouri. He answered the phone on the first ring and said, “What are you trying to sell me?” I said, “Whatever you do, don’t hang up. Did you lose something of value to you about 47 years ago?” He started crying right away. He said “You found my class ring.” It was pretty moving.
RM: Wow. What’s the most valuable thing you ever found?
AM: I’d already found the ring, so it was a great day. Then right after I found the ring, I found a 1916-D Mercury dime worth $3,000. I knew it was really valuable right away. I had it professionally graded. I sold it. We spent that on a vacation to Fort Myers.
RM: Maybe karma?
AM: Oh, and a year later Virgil sent me pictures of him with the ring on and a check for $119.64. Hundred for the reward and 19.64 for the year.
RM: So are you wearing the Puma Golf NA Men’s Engineered Stripe Tech Polo Tee, Vibrant Orange, X-Large, that you gave three stars on Amazon? Your review said you didn’t mind it but your wife hated it.
AM: I am not wearing it, but yes, my wife hated it.
RM: You love your ECCO Men’s Helsinki Slip-On size 12. Five stars. Always great.
AM: The only shoe I wear.
RM: And five stars and an “always awesome” for ExOfficio Men’s Give-N-Go Boxers in Charcoal.
AM: They are my favorite. And they are always awesome.
RM: But only three stars for the Kala MK-T Makala Tenor Ukulele. You said you “much preferred the Oscar Schmitt Tenor Uke [you] bought last year and lost.”
AM: Yes. I lost my first ukulele in a cab in Las Vegas. I’ve been playing it for two years now. If you spend three minutes a day, practicing something new, by the end of the year you’ve learned something new. That’s what I did with my ukulele.
RM: You’re married.
AM: Yes. My wife’s name is Cinnamon. We have two daughters: Elaina, she’s a freshman at Century, and Autumn, she’s a 7th grader at Lincoln.
RM: Best concert you’ve ever seen?
AM: Celine Dion. It was awesome.
RM: Um, OK. What was awesome about it?
AM: The production. And her voice waslike butter.
RM: Second favorite?
AM: Ray Charles. No, wait! Prince in 1984. Slightly better than Ray Charles.
RM: Yet somehow worse than Celine Dion. Last concert you saw?
AM: Down by the Riverside, last summer. Eric Paslay. I was disappointed. I thought it was going to be Brad Paisley.
RM: OK. Where are you from?
AM: I’m originally from Wheaton, Minn. On the western boarder of Minnesota there’s a little bump, a wart. I grew up in the wart.
RM: Sounds beautiful.
AM: People in Rochester may know Wheaton because, in 1987, when I was a freshman in high school in Wheaton Rochester Lourdes beat Wheaton in the state girl’s basketball championship when Martha Macken hit a last-second shot at the buzzer.
RM: What brought you to Rochester?
AM: Mayo. I got a job in nursing. Three different units in three years, and I decided it was time to find something I liked. So I got into medical sales.
RM: You and your wife were nurses at the same time?
AM: Yes. In the same unit. A lot like Joey on friends. Here’s how we met: We were riding the same bus. She’s late as usual. She gets on. The bus driver takes off and she falls in my lap. I said do you want to go out? I took her to a Clay Walker concert and to the Ranch restaurant on Broadway, because I had a coupon. I don’t know why she married me. Eighteen years later, she still tolerates me. She’s still a nurse at Mayo.
RM: You’re partially deaf in one ear from field artillery in your National Guard stint? Is that problematic?
RM: You’re partially … Wow. I almost fell for that.