1976 Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt

Found by longtime friends Tom Wecker, Jack Londino, and Mike Moncrief on Friday morning after 10 clues.

Hunt information
Dates:
First Clue:Sunday, January 25, 1976
Found on:Friday, January 30, 1976
Finders:
NameHometown
Tom WeckerSaint Paul
Jack LondinoSaint Paul
Mike MoncriefSaint Paul
Prize:
Maximum Prize:$2,500
Awarded Prize:$2,500
Location:
General Location:Keller Park
Exact Location:Underneath the roots of the first tree south of the bridge to the island
Concealer:In a "Y" shaped tree branch
Clues
Published on Sunday, January 25, 1976
Here's wishing you luck
In your quest for the treasure
A public spot's the place
It's a seasonal pleasure.
Explanation:
Indicates medallion is hidden on a public spot ... seasonal pleasure means the spot is a picnic grounds used during summer.
 
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Published on Monday, January 26, 1976
A well traveled road
Is right near the spot
We can't tell you more
But this means a lot.
Explanation:
"A well traveled road" refers to Highway 61.
 
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Published on Monday, January 26, 1976
Use your dome as you search
For the hidden treasure's spot
Trees abound around the loot
Find it and win a lot.
Explanation:
"Dome" refers to a dome shaped picnic shelter in the area; also "trees abound" means there are many trees in the area.
 
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Published on Tuesday, January 27, 1976
All bridgework isn't dental
As you can plainly see.
This clue is in the area
Where the treasure's sure to be.
Explanation:
"Bridgework" is the clue word and refers to the fact that there's a footbridge in the area.
 
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Published on Tuesday, January 27, 1976
When Indians gathered together
They called it a special name.
Lots of people gather here
And call it exactly the same.
Explanation:
"When Indians gathered together they called it a special name" ...The name would be a Pow Wow, Keller picnic grounds is one of the most popular pow wow spots in the St. Paul area.
 
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Published on Wednesday, January 28, 1976
Some trees bark, like the dogwood
While others merely cry.
You'll find a lot of the latter
If only you will try.
Explanation:
"While others merely cry" refers to many weeping willow trees at the site.
 
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Published on Wednesday, January 28, 1976
Water, water everywhere
But not a drop to drink.
It's frozen hard right now, you see,
But it still can help you think.
Explanation:
"Water, water everywhere" indicates area surrounded by water. Although frozen now, it's an island during the summer.
 
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Published on Thursday, January 29, 1976
A building like those of World War II
Stands not far away.
It's fairly close to the treasure site
And being close by can pay.
Explanation:
"A building like those of World War II" refers to the quonset building across Highway 61 by the lower part of the Keller golf course.
 
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Published on Thursday, January 29, 1976
A block or so from where you'll stand
At the site of the valued treasure,
People aim for holes and flags
In search of summer pleasure.
Explanation:
"People aim for holes and flags" pinpoints Keller Golf Course directly across the highway from site.
 
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Published on Friday, January 30, 1976
Snowmobiles aren't welcome here,
But fun-lovin' people are.
That's why it's crowded during the summer
When they cross over by foot, not car.
Explanation:
"Snowmobilers aren't welcome here" refers to no snowmobiling signs in the area. Also another clue "When they cross over by foot, not car" refers to footbridge.
 
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Off to your right is 36,
To your back is 61.
As you bend to dig the prize,
You'll be the lucky one.
Explanation:
"As you bend to dig the prize" If you're in the exact spot, you must bend to dig out the medallion and off to the right is Highway 36 and at your back is Highway 61.
 
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Get to the root of the problem,
And the treasure will be found.
Look for a crotch of dried out wood;
It holds the medallion round.
Explanation:
"Root" and "crotch" are the clue words. The medallion is hidden among tree roots and contained in a crotch-like cut of wood.
 
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About three paces south of the footbridge
At the Keller picnic grounds.
Past a stump to a tree with roots galore
Under which the treasure's found.
Explanation:
This pinpoints the exact location of the medallion.
 
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