SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The Salvation Army says two gold bars valued at more than $1,200 each were dropped in kettles in Sioux Falls.

The Argus Leader reports that one bar was dropped this week in a kettle wrapped in a note that said "Bell Ringers are Special People."

Spokesman Steve Cook says another gold bar was dropped in a kettle in Sioux Falls about three weeks ago.

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