1988 Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt

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This marked the first year the medallion was made of plastic. The old metal medallion which had been found by detectors in the past was switched to a new "nonmetallic, weather-resistant compound created by 3M" because of continued complaints by folks who said the detector-toters had an unfair advantage.

The medallion was hidden in a coating of almond bark at Tony Schmidt Park in Arden Hills and it was found by Mike Madland without the benefit of the last, pinpointing clue.
 
Hunt information
Dates:
First Clue:Sunday, January 31, 1988
Found on:Saturday, February 6, 1988
Finders:
NameHometown
Mike MadlandSouth Saint Paul
Donny MadlandSouth Saint Paul
Prize:
Maximum Prize:$5,000
Awarded Prize:$5,000
Location:
General Location:Tony Schmidt Park
Exact Location:Between the parking lot and domed shelter across the street from Lake Johanna
Concealer:Embedded in a chunk of almond bark
Clues
Published on Sunday, January 31, 1988
This year's medallion
Is not made of wood,
But a metal detector
Will do you no good.

Laser beams and 3M magic
Make the search more fair for all.
So now's the time to bundle up;
Go out and have a ball.
Explanation: The clue makes it clear that a metal detector won't work this year. All who hunt have an equal chance of finding it.
Our Thoughts: It also gives a free plug to one of Minnesota's favorite home companies.
 
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Published on Monday, February 1, 1988
Our space-age medallion
Is on planet Earth,
Right here in Ramsey County.
And thinking of water
That's underground
Could help you find the bounty.
Explanation: This clue confirms the medallion is hidden in Ramsey County. The "underground water" refers to the water beneath the red pump visible from the medallion site.
 
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Published on Monday, February 1, 1988
Not all barks are found on trees,
On that you can rely.
These few words can help you out,
If you use them by and by.
Explanation: "Bark" in the clue refers to the coating of almond bark that encases the medallion.
 
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Published on Tuesday, February 2, 1988
In case of unexpected rain
Don't run helter skelter.
Protection's waiting just for you
At a nearby shelter.
Explanation: The shelter in the clue refers to the domed structure in the park near the medallion site.
 
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Published on Tuesday, February 2, 1988
To help your search
We think we dare
To use the expression
"On the air."
Explanation: This clue refers to the close proximity of radio station KTIS which broadcasts from Northwestern College, directly across the lake from the park.
 
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Published on Wednesday, February 3, 1988
A diamond might be
A girl's best friend,
But for now it's a clue
Which to you we extend.
Explanation: In this clue, diamond is a baseball field located up the hill just to the west of the medallion's hiding place.
 
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Published on Wednesday, February 3, 1988
Life's a beach,
So goes the saying.
Remember this clue,
And we could be paying.
Explanation: The beach in the clue is the public beach on Lake Johanna's north side, located directly across the street from the park area where the medallion was hidden.
 
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Published on Thursday, February 4, 1988
There's help for you
In this little rhyme.
You can launch your boat
In the summertime.
Explanation: The clue further pinpoints Lake Johanna by telling hunters to search for a boat landing.
 
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Published on Thursday, February 4, 1988
If you could use money
To pay up those bills,
Find a treasure that's hidden
In them thar' hills.
Explanation: "Hills" is the key word here, as it partially identifies the community Arden Hills.
 
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Published on Friday, February 5, 1988
On old TV
She used pencils and books,
And she was known
As "Our Miss Brooks."
Explanation: "Our Miss Brooks" starred Eve Arden, whose last name specifically identifies Arden Hills as the treasure site.
 
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Published on Friday, February 5, 1988
Here's a hint
That tops all the rest:
Name the brew that grew
With the great Northwest.
Explanation: "The brew that grew with the great Northwest" was a well-known advertising slogan for Schmidt Beer. The clue tells hunters to look in Tony Schmidt Park.
 
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Published on Saturday, February 6, 1988
Out Arden Hills way,
In Tony Schmidt Park,
There lies a small piece
Of white almond bark.

Somewhere in between
A parking lot and dome,
Our candy-covered treasure
Has found its frigid home.

Look for "men" and "women" signs,
And a skinny tree as well.
It's buried nearby in snow,
And that's all we're gonna tell.
Explanation: This clue tells hunters precisely where the medallion is hidden.
 
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