1979 Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt

Ray and Diane Wood, and Pam Olson teamed up to find this medallion in what is now one of the most verboten of locations. The medallion was found in Marthaler Park in West St. Paul, which is noteworthy because this marked the only time that it was not found in Ramsey County. West St. Paul is in Dakota County.

Hunt information
Dates:
First Clue:Sunday, January 28, 1979
Found on:Friday, February 2, 1979
Finders:
NameHometown
Ray Wood
Diane Wood
Pam Olson
Prize:
Maximum Prize:$2,500
Awarded Prize:$2,500
Location:
General Location:Marthaler Park
Exact Location:Near the tennis courts.
Concealer:Attached to a piece of tree bark
Clues
Published on Sunday, January 28, 1979
A place that belongs to everyone
Is where you will find the loot
A thousand dollars can be yours
And plenty more to boot.
Explanation:
This indicates the treasure is hidden on public property.
 
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Published on Monday, January 29, 1979
Plenty of trees
For old time loggers
But now it's used
For picnics and joggers.
Explanation:
This says there are trees on the site plus picnic areas and jogging paths.
 
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Published on Monday, January 29, 1979
No one can say
Our bark's worse than our bite
Follow this clue
To the treasure site.
Explanation:
In this clue, the tipoff is "bark". The medallion is attached to a piece of bark.
 
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Published on Tuesday, January 30, 1979
A body of water
Is now frozen ice
It may help find the treasure
Wouldn't that be nice?
Explanation:
"A body of water" says there is a frozen pond in the park.
 
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Published on Tuesday, January 30, 1979
"Love, love" you'll hear
In the summertime
You'll find some help
In this little rhyme.
Explanation:
"Love, love." Tennis buffs will identify this with tennis courts which are close to the site.
 
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Published on Wednesday, January 31, 1979
Once it stood
So tall and stately
This simple clue
Can help you greatly.
Explanation:
The medallion is hidden at the base of a tree that is broken off at the top.
 
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Published on Wednesday, January 31, 1979
A line of red circles
Not far from the plot
Sometimes they're turning
Sometimes they're not.
Explanation:
This refers to the red wheels on the rope tow at the park's ski slope.
 
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Published on Thursday, February 1, 1979
Sirens wail and big trucks roll
When fire gets out of hand
Follow this clue and you could find
The sweetest loot in the land.
Explanation:
A fire station on Humboldt Avenue is across from the park.
 
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Published on Thursday, February 1, 1979
Hi Ho Silver, Autry
And Rogers
Think this direction
You kids 'n' codgers
Explanation:
This clue tells people to think of the West. Marthaler Park is in West St. Paul.
 
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Published on Friday, February 2, 1979
A vineyard out East
A president's mate
Fit the name of the park
Like ice cream and cake.
Explanation:
"A vineyard out East" refers to Martha's Vineyard and "a president's mate" refers to George Washington's wife, Martha.
 
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If you're on Humboldt
You're near the right site
Not far from a hydrant
Close to a tree of broken off height.
Explanation:
This clue explains that the park is on Humboldt Avenue and again mentions the tree and the nearby fire hydrant.
 
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Just north of the courts at Marthaler Park
A broken tree is in view
By the tree on the bank on a piece of bark
The medallion belongs to you.
Explanation:
This tells the exact location of the medallion.
 
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