Welcome to CoolerCrew.com. While our "big show" has always been the annual Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt during the St. Paul Winter Carnival, we keep track of over 100 treasure hunts associated with various festivals throughout Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. We are your one stop shop for all things treasure hunt! Apart from this site as a reference for current and past hunt information, we have other resources available as well:

  • The Water Cooler, Our forums; our primary discussion site. A significant number of Coolerheads prefer this format for discussion rather than a place with hundreds of topics where you have to keep track of each one. With Ableminds crashing, we figure it's time to get it working here. 
  • Our Treasure Hunt discussion group on Facebook. 
  • Our Facebook group for discussing things not related to the treasure hunt.
  • St. Paul Car Tag, a fun little game that we play when we're not looking for medallions.

You'll find that there isn't a lot of discussion in the Facebook group. Mostly clues as they come out for various hunts, and events like our annual Pre-dig Gig and Rehash Bash. Most of that can be found right here within this site. There tends to be a lot more discussion, particularly during the Pioneer Press hunt on Ableminds, or out in the park du jour during other hunts. Have a look around and feel free to join us. Hunt kickoffs, pity parties, and rehashes are always open to anyone who wants to show up!

And if you run into someone in the park and you want to know if they're a Coolerhead, just holler "you dig?". 

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2022 Great TC Treasure Hunt Kick-off

Friday, July 29, 2022 - 17:00 to 20:00


City House
258 Mill Street, St. Paul
44° 56' 20.508" N, 93° 5' 59.3664" W

2022 Allison Wonderland Mock Hunt Kickoff

Wednesday, March 30, 2022 - 19:00 to 22:00


Joseph's Grill
140 South Wabasha Street Saint Paul, MN 55107
United States

Come join us for the kickoff for AW's mock hunt!

Alas, the pasta bar will not be available.

24th Annual Cooler Crew Predig Gig

Saturday, January 22, 2022 - 18:00 to 22:00
After a year of a virtual hiatus due to COVID-19, the in person Pre Dig Gig is Still Virtual!
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2021 Great TC Treasure Hunt Kick-off

Friday, July 30, 2021 - 17:00 to 21:30


Highland Park Picnic Shelter
1201 Montreal Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55116
United States
44° 54' 47.7288" N, 93° 9' 5.2416" W

Join us for The Great Twin Cities Treasure Hunt Kick-off Party!

Get together for our summer shindig in celebration of the TC Treasure Hunt Community, and help kick off The Great Twin Cities Treasure Hunt!

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/465355411393693

MEETUP! — 5:00-6:00
Arrive, have a beverage, noodle with fellow hunters, and share your stories from the field!

23rd Annual Cooler Crew Predig Gig

Saturday, January 23, 2021 - 19:00 to 23:00

In honor of COVID, the 23rd Annual Predig Gig will take place on Saturday, January 23, 2021 (see what we did there), in a virtual format in a Zoom meeting. We'll have a meeting set up with individual breakout rooms, kind of like tables where you can go to and chat with smaller groups of poeple to keep the noise level down. We'll still have a Park Pick Pool, and it will be done virtually as well.

Zoom meeting link

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2020 - The season that wasn't

My apologies to those I've told that this post has been coming. You'd think that with the COVID-19 crisis I'd actually have more time to write this, but that time has been consumed by other things. The long and short of it is that most of the 2020 season has been cancelled. We already had dates slated for a handful of summer hunts:

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23rd Annual Cooler Crew Rehash Bash

Sunday, February 2, 2020 - 11:30 to 14:30


Newell Park Pavilion
900 Fairview Avenue North, Saint Paul, MN 55104
United States
44° 58' 4.1664" N, 93° 10' 33.2436" W

23rd Annual Cooler Crew Rehash Bash
Sunday, February 2, 2020
Newell Park
900 Fairview Ave N
St Paul, MN 55104

We are pleased to announce the time and place of the 23rd annual Cooler Crew Rehash Bash. Show up, bring a dish to share.

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22nd Annual Cooler Crew Pre-Dig Gig (Back on Saturday This Year)

Saturday, January 18, 2020 - 18:00 to 23:45


Joseph's Grill
140 South Wabasha Street Saint Paul, MN 55107
United States

Mark your calendars. We're gearing up for the 22nd Annual Cooler Crew Pre-Dig Gig. We're back on Saturday night this year at Joseph's. More details about the event will be posted as they become available.


Cooler Crew -- A History

During the 1990's, the St Paul Pioneer Press opened online discussion forums. These forums were called Water Coolers. The forums had discussion topics related to sports, politics, news, and current events. Each year, the Pioneer Planet — the online section of the Pioneer Press — opened a discussion forum as a media for hunters to discuss the clues for the Winter Carnival Medallion Hunt.

During the earlier years, one might find a few hundred posts during the hunt. As more hunters had computers, those numbers jumped. From 1997 to 1998, the number of posts increased from the hundreds to the 5-digit thousands. It was during the 1998 hunt the Cooler Crew was born.

The community spirit and teamwork displayed in the Pioneer Press Medallion Hunt thread was inspiring. The group of hunters found themselves at the end of a hunt not wanting to let go of new friendships and the camaraderie found on the Water Cooler board. The idea emerged to do what anyone would do in the middle of winter in Minnesota. A picnic in Cherokee was planned - the first Rehash Bash!

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