1973 Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt

Found by a quartet of college students, three of whom hailed from Mankato on Saturday morning after the 13th clue had been published.

Hunt information
Dates:
First Clue:Sunday, January 28, 1973
Found on:Saturday, February 3, 1973
Finders:
NameHometown
Michael Hurley
Chris Bunde
Todd Bunde
Jim Zielinski
Prize:
Maximum Prize:$2,500
Awarded Prize:$2,500
Location:
General Location:Phalen Park
Exact Location:Near Light Pole # 13 on the Pavilion Parking Lot
Concealer:Cemented into a closet rod bracket
Clues
Published on Sunday, January 28, 1973
On public property with easy access,
Warnings against damage we strongly express.
All areas involved in treasure seeking,
Leave unharmed and in good keeping.
Explanation:
Merely confirms that the medallion was on public property.
 
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Published on Monday, January 29, 1973
While saluting western horizons as carnival theme,
A superstition of numbers keeps us on the beam.
Parking lots, oak trees, and no entrance sign
Mark spaces surrounding the prize we define.
Explanation:
Referred to the light pole number 13, the parking lot next to the bandstand, oak trees nearby, and a "no entrance" sign on a service road at the site.
 
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Published on Monday, January 29, 1973
A dark tower in the distant east,
Of important clues is not the least.
Also a wave conductor up high,
Among homes and apartments near by.
Explanation:
The dark Whirlpool water tower and large aerial on a nearby house, both visible to the east.
 
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Published on Tuesday, January 30, 1973
Interesting area protected and low,
Ideal for taking the family in tow.
Structures of wood and cement that span,
Solve this puzzle according to plan.
Explanation:
The picnic island formed by lagoon below site, two wooden bridges and three concrete bridges, all near the site.
 
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Published on Tuesday, January 30, 1973
Edward, a name we relate to kings,
Land claims of old to our mind brings.
Surname with various ways to spell.
Reveals a clue that serves us well.
Explanation:
Edward was the first name of Mr. Phalen who had land near the lake. His name was spelled many different ways on official records.
 
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Published on Wednesday, January 31, 1973
The direction moves and curves to the west,
Where land meets water does the rest.
All is covered by ice and snow,
The treasure waits as you drive and go.
Explanation:
West Shore Drive runs along the site and curves east to west and the lagoon and the covered treasure.
 
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Published on Wednesday, January 31, 1973
North, South, East and West
The rising sun directs us best.
In scenic spot the treasure hides,
Sharing a landscape that nature prides.
Explanation:
Placed it on the East side of St. Paul by the lagoon.
 
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Published on Thursday, February 1, 1973
A broad drive with strip dividing,
Trees and grass and beauty providing.
An old type gunlock sparks this clue,
Entrance at an angle is open to you.
Explanation:
Refers to Wheelock Parkway, closest to the diagonal entry to the park. An old type gunlock was known as a "wheelock".
 
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Published on Thursday, February 1, 1973
Think summer, picnics, and parking places,
Sporting supplies and playground spaces.
Tasty refreshments of food and drink,
All these clues form a perfect link.
Explanation:
Puts it in Phalen Park, near the picnic grounds on lagoon island, by pavilion with food service and the golf course pro shop.
 
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Published on Friday, February 2, 1973
The sixteenth alphabet letter it tops,
Giving information that never stops.
Use this letter in clues that count,
Your winning chances will surely mount.
Explanation:
The letter "P" as in Phalen, parking, park, parkway, picnic area, and pavilion
 
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Published on Friday, February 2, 1973
A band of water meets the land,
Bridging the distance where we stand.
Communicating with a larger body,
Makes our solution a bit more knotty.
Explanation:
The lagoon, the lake, and the bridge again.
 
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Published on Saturday, February 3, 1973
The prize medallion is buried in the snow
Secured in a bracket that winds cannot blow.
At Como or Highland your efforts are failin'
North of pavilion your hopes are sailin'.
Explanation:
The medallion was cemented in a bracket for a closet rod on a spot north of the main pavilion.
 
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Published on Saturday, February 3, 1973
Number thirteen attached to a light pole,
In solving this case plays a lucky role.
Walk southeast thirteen paces from here,
Making final directions of treasure hunt clear.
Explanation:
Light pole No. 13 with medallion 13 paces southeast from pole.
 
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