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?". 

2021 Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt

Despite the COVID-19 mess, the 2021 Treasure Hunt is on. I'm taking the unprecedented steps of putting the event on the front page of the site, with links to the official rules and extended regulations stories from the Pioneer Press. You'll still have to go to them to get the clues once the hunt starts, and you'll still have to go to their pages to get the rules and regs, but it's important to have them as widely distributed as possible this year to ensure a safe hunt.

The Pioneer Press is not hosting a pre-hunt party at Bad Weather Brewing as they have the past couple of years. In addition, there are no early newspaper releases at Shamrock's or anywhere else this year. All clues will be released online at midnight and will be in the paper as soon as it arrives at your local gas station or doorstep. In addition, there will also not be an early scrambled clue this year.

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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.

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2019 D-Rex & D-Ng Medallion Hunt Kickoff

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 18:00 to 20:00


1341 Pascal St St. Paul, MN 55108
United States
44° 58' 54.0156" N, 93° 9' 43.1208" W

Join me at Foxtrot This Friday, the 18th (previously Delicata) from 6-8pm to kick-off The Annual D-Rex D-Ng Medallion Hunt! A 10 clue hunt including Samhain and ushering in the Fall. There will be a monetary prize. I'm asking for a $10 donation to register your spot and lay claim to the whole pot. This redeemed to the person/team that locates the puck before time expires. Included as a bonus this year include a selected book from MN press, poster/map of Saint Paul, and a Target Gift Card.

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2019 Great TC Treasure Hunt Kickoff

Friday, July 26, 2019 - 18:30 to 21:30


Venn Brewing Co.
3550 E 46th St. #140, Minneapolis
United States
44° 55' 11.6832" N, 93° 13' 10.9164" W

Join us for The Great Twin Cities Treasure Hunt Kick-off Party on Friday, July 26, 2019 at 6:30pm at Venn Brewing Co. (3550 E 46th St – #140 Minneapolis, MN 55406)

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

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Holy crap its summer already

Yup. The 2019 summer treasure hunt season kicks off today with the Somerset Pea Soup Days Medallion Hunt. It just hit me that I never wrote a wrap up of the 2019 Pioneer Press hunt. Perhaps its because nearly four months after the fact my face is finally starting to thaw out. Yes, the 2019 hunt was a cold one. I managed to get out for about 3 hours the Tuesday of the final week of the hunt, bundled up to the nine's. I don't envy those who were out there that last day, except for JC. H certainly earned his prize!

2019 Coldest's Lost Treasure Hunt Kickoff

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 17:00 to 22:00


Shamrock's Bar and Grill
995 7th St W, St Paul, MN 55102
United States


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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