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?". 

22nd Annual Cooler Crew Rehash Bash

Sunday, February 3, 2019 - 11:00 to 15:00


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

22nd Annual Cooler Crew Rehash Bash
Sunday, February 3, 2019
Newell Park
900 Fairview Ave N
St Paul, MN 55104

We are pleased to announce the time and place of the 22nd annual Cooler Crew Rehash Bash. Show up, bring a dish to share.

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Cooler Crew featured on this year's Winter Carnival button

Whether intentional or not, some Coolerheads managed to appear on this years Winter Carnival button. 

 This year's treasure hunter Winter Carnival button features a group of hunters digging around a tree in an otherwise unidentified park. The button release had folks wondering what the source of the picture was. Wonder no more. The picture was on the front page of the Friday, January 24, 2014, Pioneer Press, with a title of "BRRR-URIED TREASURE HUNTERS"

21st Annual Cooler Crew Pre-Dig Gig (on Friday instead of Saturday)

Friday, January 18, 2019 - 18:00 to 23:45


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

We're now have the final details confirmed for our 21st Predig Gig. Hey cool. We're old enough to drink this year!!!! 

We're changing things up a little bit this year. Once again the annual Cooler Crew Pre-Dig Gig will be held at Joseph's Grill, in the banquet room, on Wabasha. However the event will take place on Friday night instead of Saturday night.

The festivities begin at 6pm. As usual, we do have to spend $500 in food and drink at Joseph's for the room; with this group that won't be a problem though.

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2018 D-Rex & D-Ng Medallion Hunt Kickoff

Friday, October 19, 2018 - 18:00 to 20:00


Delicata Pizza & Gelato
1341 Pascal St St Paul, MN 55108
United States

Join me at Delicata Pizza & Gelato from 6-8pm to kick-off The Annual D-Rex D-Ng Medallion Hunt! A 10 clue hunt preceding Samhain and concluding Summer. A $200 prize (plus any $ donations along the way) redeemed to the person/team that locates the puck before time expires. Included as a bonus this year are 2 tickets to the Haunted Basement! Registration provides first glance at Clue 1. See you there!

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An update on the forum

The Water Cooler has been operational here for a couple of months now, so I thought I'd give a quick update on it.

As of right now, a few changes have been made based on feedback of the folks who have used it. The big one that's still out there is the inability to delete comments. At this point, there's a tradeoff between how we want the forum to look versus deleting comments. If we want to maintain the look linearly, I have to lock down the ability to delete comments, because deleting a comment right now results in all of the replies also get deleted, which would majorly screw up comments in a linear fashion.

That all said, I'm working on migrating the forum posts from the forum archive section of the database into the main site management system. This consists of several steps:

2018 Coldest Hunter's Hunt Kickoff

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 17:00 to 22:00


Spring Cafe Como Park
1360 Lexington Pkwy N, St Paul, MN 55117
United States

First clue will be released at the kick off party at 5pm in person and 9pm online. The kickoff party this year will take place at the new Spring Cafe at Como Park starting at 5pm. All subsequent clues will be released online via Cooler Crew FB page, Medallion Militia FB page , and the PP treasure hunt FB page at 9am each day until the Treasure Medallion is found.

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2018 Allison Wonderland Mock Hunt Part Deux Kickoff

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 18:00 to 23:45

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

They'll have their pasta bar available, or you can order from the main menu as well.

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A new Water Cooler to chat on

If you're still active on Ableminds, you know that for the past few weeks it hasn't been well. The latest update we have from them, as of Saturday is as follows:

The Ableminds Forum database is corrupt and we have been unable to find a way to recover it. We consulted a few other experts and there were a couple of suggestions offered, but unfortunately it doesn't seem possible to recover most of the information that was in the database.


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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