Earl Melchert, who found missing teenage girl, meets with Alexandria Police Chief Rik Wyffels.
Upon seeing her face, Melchert said he immediately recognized her as Jasmine Block, a girl reported missing after being abducted from her home in August, the Pioneer Press reported.
Sadly, the faked "emergency" became all too real for Jasmine when a man, identified as Barker, kidnapped her from the home.
'What no one expected was the kindness and generosity that came straight from Earl's heart today.
"He believes that young lady that came running towards him that September day is the real hero and without hesitation, Earl handed the reward over to her, followed by a big hug", the department said on Facebook. "It was out there so much that when Earl saw you, he knew who you were".
$5000 worth of the reward money was from an anonymous donor, and $2000 was from the Block family themselves.
Mr Melchart told local media that "he did what I had to do".
She escaped her alleged kidnappers and swam across a lake to find help.
The two families talked about the girl's recovery process, and how she was back in school attending classes for a few hours a day, Jody Melchert said. Mr. Barker was a family acquaintance, Chief Wyffels said, so Ms. Block agreed to accompany him in his vehicle.
Earl Melchert is an avid hunter who often looks out over the grassy fields behind his property in western Minnesota, scouting for deer and other animals, his wife said. [I said] "My name is Jasmine Block and I've been kidnapped".
"I want to help people now", he said.
The three suspects include a friend of the girl's family who lured her from her home.
It was that decision that would change the course of numerous lives - especially that of a 15-year-old Jasmine Block.
Jasmine's mother Sarah Block paid homage to her daughter's saviour.
He told her he needed help with a family situation, Richard Wyffels, the Alexandria police chief, said at a news conference. We wanted to thank him.
Amazingly, Jasmine was even able to help the police seize her perpetrators by identifying their vehicle nearby. "He risked a lot of things and put himself in danger".
"I've been waiting to meet him", she said.
They each have been charged with kidnapping, criminal sexual conduct, assault and false imprisonment.
Alexandria Police Chief Rick Wyffels also spoke, praising the community for spreading Jasmine's story quickly and widely. "You guys deserve it, and I think it's going to the best place it can go".