1975 Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt

Found by Andrea Buron and her brother-in-law, William J. Buron, in a Bull Durham tobacco sack wedged between the slats of a picnic bench in Mears Park on Tuesday after only 5 clues.

Hunt information
Dates:
First Clue:Sunday, January 26, 1975
Found on:Tuesday, January 28, 1975
Finders:
NameHometown
Andrea Buron
William J. Buron
Prize:
Maximum Prize:$2,500
Awarded Prize:$1,500
Location:
General Location:Mears Park
Exact Location:Near the intersection of Sibley and 5th Sts.
Concealer:In a Bull Durham tobacco sack wedged in a picnic bench
Clues
Published on Sunday, January 26, 1975
We've searched around the saintly city
For a place to hide our bounty.
We think we've found the best one
In all of Ramsey County.
Explanation:
Established the fact the treasure was hidden in Ramsey County.
 
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Published on Monday, January 27, 1975
All tanks don't go to battlefields,
Some just stand in place.
This is the kind you will see
In the Boreas treasure race.
Explanation:
"Tanks" is the clue, as it refers to the water tanks on the Metro Square Building and Donaldson's, both of which are in plain view from the park.
 
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Published on Monday, January 27, 1975
Drive, walk, or hail a ride
To the site of fortune and fame.
The lower you look, the better the odds
Of winning the Boreas game.
Explanation:
Established the fact that the treasure is accessible by car, walking, cab, or bus. The word "lower" refers to the Loop's Lowertown area.
 
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Published on Tuesday, January 28, 1975
Pick a day, and don your coat,
Muffler, gloves, and overshoe.
The treasure's waiting to be found
And the finder could be you
Explanation:
"Pick a day" refers to Friday's Deli, which is in view of the treasure site.
 
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Published on Tuesday, January 28, 1975
Take a number and double it twice
It's sure to help your quest.
Try to pick the proper one
It's anybody's guess.
Explanation:
"Take a number and double it twice" refers to the number 366, which is very prominent on the front of the building across the street from the treasure site.
 
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Footsteps hard instead of soft
Where trees still do abound
A famous comic's name appears
If you'll just look around
Explanation:
"Footsteps hard instead of soft" is in reference to the fact that each of the park's grassy area has been covered by bricks, but there still are many trees. The "famous comic" is Milton Berle, whose first name appears on the Milton Clothing Co. Store across the street.
 
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In this complex world of ours,
Nothing stays the same.
It's still as lovely as before,
But they've gone and changed the name.
Explanation:
"They've gone and changed the name" refers to the fact that the name Smith Park was recently changed to Norman Mears Park.
 
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Different people use different tools,
From a shovel to a scoop.
But if you want to find the treasure,
Keep searching in the loop.
Explanation:
"Searching in the loop" establishes the fact the treasure was hidden in the downtown area.
 
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Slightly smaller than a quart,
It holds a lot of cheer.
And coupled with a stately hero,
It leads you very near.
Explanation:
A bottle "smaller than a quart" is a fifth. The "stately hero" is Minnesota's first governor, Henry Sibley. The treasure spot was near the corner of Fifth and Sibley.
 
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Before the surgeon general's warning,
People rolled their own.
They got their tobacco from a bag
That now holds treasure alone.
Explanation:
Established the fact that the treasure medallion had been hidden in a tobacco bag.
 
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A famous hitter at the plate
Is another revealing clue.
Think of his name and you will have
A word to help you through.
Explanation:
"Famous hitter" refers to National Leaguer Johnny Bench of Cincinnati, most valuable player and league home run leader during the 1970 and 1972 seasons. The treasure was hidden on a park bench.
 
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In the southwest corner of old Smith Park
The glittering treasure lies.
A picnic spot where you can rest
Is where the hunter tries.
Explanation:
Specifies a "picnic spot" in "old Smith Park" as the treasure location and also reveals the "southwest corner" as the spot to search.
 
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Between the slats of a picnic bench
Bull Durham holds the loot.
And if you have a Carnival button
You'll get the bonus to boot.
Explanation:
Tells where the treasure was hidden on a picnic bench - and names its container, a Bull Durham tobacco sack.
 
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