1989 Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt

Found by the brothers Mike and Dan Reinartz and their buddy, Jim Murphy at about 1:45 a.m. inside an earmuff on the Capitol Mall the night after the last clue. Jim Murphy didn't realize his friends had found the medallion until he got home just after 3:00 a.m. – the crowds were that thick.

Hunt information
Dates:
First Clue:Sunday, January 29, 1989
Found on:Saturday, February 4, 1989
Finders:
NameHometown
Mike Reinartz
Dan Reinartz
Jim Murphy
Prize:
Maximum Prize:$4,000
Awarded Prize:$4,000
Location:
General Location:State Capitol Mall
Exact Location:Between the hedges south of Constitution Ave.
Concealer:In a pair of earmuffs
Clues
Published on Sunday, January 29, 1989
Sooner or later,
The treasure will be found.
And we're making sure
It's on public ground.

Even if there's
A winter storm,
Look for something
That keeps people warm.
Explanation:
"Something that keeps people warm" refers to the earmuffs in which the medallion was hidden.
Our Thoughts:
The obvious "public ground" hiding place is given. It's funny how earmuffs seem to have died with the 1980s, isn't it?
 
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Published on Monday, January 30, 1989
Pay attention
To this helpful rhyme.
People eat here
In the summertime.
Explanation:
The Taste of Minnesota festival attracts thousands of people each summer.
Our Thoughts:
In more recent years the Taste moved to Harriet Island and recently went bankrupt.
 
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Published on Monday, January 30, 1989
A bike route's nearby
As you will surely see.
These few little words
Can be a helpful key.
Explanation:
The bike route is on John Ireland Blvd., which bordered the treasure site.
Our Thoughts:
These types of clues (bike routes, park benches, trees, and the like) rarely help unless you refer back to them in later clues. It is evident that they are useful to the clue writer in filling early clues without giving away too much too soon.
 
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Published on Tuesday, January 31, 1989
Very famous people
Who traveled to fame
Can make you the winner
In our treasure hunt game.
Explanation:
The famous people are Christopher Columbus and Charles Lindbergh, whose statues are on the Capitol grounds.
 
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Published on Tuesday, January 31, 1989
Awesome horsepower
Is our clue of the day,
And it can help you
Find your way.
Explanation:
This refers to the immense golden horses looking down from the Capitol dome.
 
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Published on Wednesday, February 1, 1989
Here's a clue
That fits the bill:
Be on the lookout
For a house on a hill.
Explanation:
"The "house", of course, is the Capitol.
 
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Published on Wednesday, February 1, 1989
It's beautiful to see
By day or by night.
And when the sun goes down,
It's in a different light.
Explanation:
This refers to the lighted Capitol at night.
Our Thoughts:
Somewhat overdoing the clues related to the Capitol at this point.
 
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Published on Thursday, February 2, 1989
Here's a clue,
But you won't want to share it.
Think of something
That's 14 karat.
Explanation:
The "14 karat" is the gold statuary atop the Capitol.
 
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Published on Thursday, February 2, 1989
A capital idea
Is the very best.
So bring your wits
And hunt with zest.
Explanation:
"A capital idea" confirms the treasure is hidden on the Capitol grounds.
 
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Published on Friday, February 3, 1989
There's a graphic reminder
Of very bad years,
And faith 'n' begorrah!
A ship's name is near.
Explanation:
The "graphic reminder" refers to the Vietnam War Memorial near the Veterans Building. "Faith 'n' begorrah" and "a ship's name" call attention to John Ireland Blvd. and Constitution Ave., which bordered the treasure site.
 
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Published on Friday, February 3, 1989
A couple of hedge rows
Box in the site.
A veteran hunter
Will do it just right.
Explanation:
"Veteran" narrows the search to the area near the Veterans Building. The treasure was hidden between two rows of hedges.
 
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Published on Saturday, February 4, 1989
The Capitol Mall
Is the hiding place.
Look north of a green fence
And you'll win the race.

By a sidewalk that takes you
To a building for vets,
Is a fluffy white earmuff
With a treasure inset.
Explanation:
The medallion was hidden inside an earmuff at the edge of the sidewalk, about 30 yards north of the fenced-in area near the Veterans Building.
 
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