1987 Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt

Found in Indian Mounds Park wrapped in clay and grass by George L'Heureux, his two boys Danny and Joey, and his buddy Scott Horrigan. They used a metal detector. George was the main man behind the find. He was a service technician at Stillwater Ford-Lincoln-Mercury and he intended to spend his share of the money on a transmission for a truck that couldn't go in reverse. He'd been looking for the treasure for 22 years, so at least a true hunter found it – even if he "cheated" with a metal detector.

Hunt information
Dates:
First Clue:Sunday, January 25, 1987
Found on:Friday, January 30, 1987
Finders:
NameHometown
George L'Heureux
Danny L'Heureux
Joey L'Heureux
Scott Horrigan
Prize:
Maximum Prize:$3,000
Awarded Prize:$3,000
Location:
General Location:Indian Mounds Park
Exact Location:In the block bordered by Mounds Blvd., Mounds St., and Clemont St.
Concealer:Hidden in a clump of clay and grass
Clues
Published on Sunday, January 25, 1987
We won't keep you
In the dark.
Confine your search
To a public park.
Explanation:
This clue merely establishes that the medallion is hidden in a public park.
Our Thoughts:
The usual, but given in stunningly short detail.
 
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Published on Monday, January 26, 1987
Fun stuff for the young 'uns,
Picnic places too,
And if you like nature,
This is for you.
Explanation:
This clue indicates that there are swings and picnic benches in a natural setting.
 
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Published on Monday, January 26, 1987
There's lots of water
Not far away.
Thinking about this
Can really pay.
Explanation:
"Lots of water" refers to the Mississippi River, which is nearby.
 
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Published on Tuesday, January 27, 1987
Paths to bike
And paths to walk,
Watch for signs
That do all but talk.
Explanation:
"Signs that do all but talk" refers to the illustrated signs directing bikers and walkers on the park's paths.
 
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Published on Tuesday, January 27, 1987
Whatever the season,
This dome's a proud sight,
And through many a wedding,
It's been a delight.
Explanation:
The dome mentioned is that of the St. Paul Cathedral, clearly visible from the treasure site.
 
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Published on Wednesday, January 28, 1987
Flying objects
In the air,
Solving this clue
Can get you there.
Explanation:
The "flying objects" are the many aircraft taking off and landing at nearby Holman Field.
 
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Published on Wednesday, January 28, 1987
Don't give up,
Be a stubborn sort.
Take your case
To a higher court.
Explanation:
The "higher court" mentioned here refers to a tennis court located on higher ground overlooking the treasure site.
 
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Published on Thursday, January 29, 1987
Standing tall
Against the sky,
High above joggers
Passing by.
Explanation:
The object which is "standing tall" near the treasure site is a steel signal tower.
 
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Published on Thursday, January 29, 1987
If the treasure
Is to be found,
Don't put your feet
On sacred ground.
Explanation:
This clue, with its warning, narrows the search to Mounds Park, and makes it clear that hunters should avoid the burial mounds.
 
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Published on Friday, January 30, 1987
There's a sweet candy bar,
Whose name you know well,
And a strange movie sicko
who ran a motel.
Explanation:
The "sweet candy bar" refers to a Mounds bar, which confirms Mounds Park. The "movie sicko" is Norman Bates, leading character in Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho." Bates Avenue intersects Mounds Blvd., just a short distance from the treasure site.
 
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Published on Friday, January 30, 1987
Picture in your mind
A long line of trees,
And think of the word
Isosceles.
Explanation:
The "long line of trees" borders the treasure site on one side. "Isosceles" tells treasure hunters that the site is triangular in shape.
Our Thoughts:
Another finely written clue in a year of tight rhymes – you have to like the use of the word "Isosceles."
 
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Mounds Park is the place
You're looking for,
In a triangular spot
Near a yellow door.

Since nobody's found it,
Alack and alas,
Look for the treasure
Wrapped in clay and grass.
Explanation:
This final clue tells exactly what to look for. The "yellow door" is found on a house that borders the west side of the triangular area. The final line tells hunters the medallion is hidden in a coating of clay and grass.
 
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