1984 Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt

The medallion was discovered in Newell Park in St. Paul. It was attached to a piece of a broken Elvis Presley 45 rpm record. It was found on the 12th clue by Kirk Condie and Chris Swanson.

Due to the amount of snow that fell, his hunt was getting close enough to being the first hunt ever to not be found, that the Pioneer Press/Dispatch released an extra clue, and extended the deadline to find the medallion by an extra 18 hours. The 13th clue was printed in early editions of the paper, but since it was found, the clue was removed from later printings:

Hunt information
Dates:
First Clue:Sunday, January 29, 1984
Found on:Saturday, February 4, 1984
Finders:
NameHometown
Kirk CondieMinneapolis
Chris Swanson
Prize:
Maximum Prize:$3,000
Awarded Prize:$1,500
Location:
General Location:Newell Park
Exact Location:Near the southeast corner of the park
Concealer:Attached to a piece of a broken Elvis Presley 45rpm record
Clues
Published on Sunday, January 29, 1984
Ol' King Boreas has hidden the loot
Right here in Ramsey County.
Bet you can think of lots of ways
To spend his Royal Bounty!
Explanation:
Verifies that the treasure is in Ramsey County.
 
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Published on Monday, January 30, 1984
Giant arms by the hundreds
Reach up for the sky,
In summer they're green
But now they're dry.
Explanation:
Refers to many trees in the park.
 
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Published on Monday, January 30, 1984
Just for the record
It seems to appear,
The treasure was found
On the sixth day last year.
Explanation:
Hints that the medallion was attached to a record.
 
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Published on Tuesday, January 31, 1984
Things for adults,
And kiddie stuff
That's all for today
It's quite enough.
Explanation:
Refers to the park facilities provided for grown-ups as well as playground equipment.
 
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Published on Tuesday, January 31, 1984
Go West, young man
And you gals too.
You'll be headed right
If you follow this clue.
Explanation:
Indicates the general area of St. Paul, the western part of the city.
 
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Published on Wednesday, February 1, 1984
Sideshows and fair folks,
And pronto pups too,
These are things
To keep in view.
Explanation:
Reference to Minnesota State Fair begins to narrow the hiding spot. Combining "Fair" and "View" produces the name of a street, Fairview, that borders Newell Park.
 
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Published on Wednesday, February 1, 1984
Keep on truckin'
As the saying goes,
And keep on lookin'
In winter's snows.
Explanation:
Refers to Burlington Truck Terminal across Pierce Butler Road from the park.
 
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Published on Thursday, February 2, 1984
Toss a basket
Or put on your blades,
This is among
Our helpful aids.
Explanation:
Indicates there are basketball courts and a skating rink in the park.
 
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Published on Thursday, February 2, 1984
A medic from M*A*S*H
And a servant named Jeeves
Will help pull the secret
From out of your sleeves.
Explanation:
M*A*S*H refers to character Hawkeye "Pierce". Jeeves most certainly is a "butler". Put them together and you have Pierce Butler, another road bordering the park.
 
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Published on Friday, February 3, 1984
We can't stand
To be so cruel,
Think of a park
That rhymes with jewel.
Explanation:
Newell rhymes with jewel.
 
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Published on Friday, February 3, 1984
They're made to be played,
They're made to be broken,
But the one you seek
Holds the precious bronze token.
Explanation:
Refers to the broken record on which the medallion was attached.
 
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Published on Saturday, February 4, 1984
You've got to be lookin'
In Newell Park.
Sometimes by day,
Sometimes in the dark.

There's a footpath
Near Wheeler and Hewitt.
Nearby lies the booty,
Now go out and do it.
Explanation:
Names the park and gives the approximate location where the medallion was hidden.
Our Thoughts:
The hunt's first two-verse clue ever
 
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Published on Saturday, February 4, 1984
A couple hundred feet
From the corner of the street
Lies the coin of the realm
You so avidly seek.

It's attached to a record, broken and brittle,
But look to the left of the footpath a little.
Lovingly placed under snow so snug,
It must be a place where nobody's dug.

Probably a rake would be your best tool,
But don't harm a thing in this nice park Newell.
Your clue writer's nerves are ready to fold,
So please bring it in from the snow and the cold.
Our Thoughts:
This clue was published in early editions of the Saturday evening paper, when the possibility of the first hunt in history to not be found was very real. Fortunately, Kirk Condie found the medallion not long after this clue was published. Unfortunately, it was removed from future printings of that evening's edition of the newspaper and "lost" for 34 years, not even appearing in the microfiche archives of the paper. Bill Gough, the 2018 Glib Ghoul, found his clipping of it, which may well be the only print copy left in existence, the scan of which is now part of this archive.
 
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