1993 Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt

Found in Hidden Falls Park by Tom Opatz, Dan Opatz, Mark Nicklawske, and Phil Sinn, four veteran hunters that gathered up the white diaper that held the medallion at about 12:15 a.m. amidst hundreds of others. Two of the men were recent fathers so that angle was played up in the next day's paper. Cellular phones were mentioned as a useful technological tool for the first time.

Hunt information
Dates:
First Clue:Sunday, January 31, 1993
Found on:Wednesday, February 10, 1993
Finders:
NameHometown
Tom Opatz
Dan Opatz
Phil Sinn
Mark Nicklawske
Prize:
Maximum Prize:$5,000
Awarded Prize:$5,000
Location:
General Location:Hidden Falls Park
Exact Location:Between the bike path and the entrance road downhill from the North entrance
Concealer:Concealed in a baby diaper
Clues
Published on Sunday, January 31, 1993
This is the start of something big,
It's a really fun beginning.
Our treasure hunt is under way,
And it's cash that you'll be winning.
Explanation:
Start of something big refers to Itasca Avenue overlooking Hidden Falls Park and the Mississippi River. Lake Itasca is the birthplace of the Mississippi.
Our Thoughts:
A useful first clue,
 
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Published on Monday, February 1, 1993
The treasure is hiding
In our capital city.
Get out there and find it,
And you'll be sitting pretty.
Explanation:
This narrows the search to St. Paul.
 
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Published on Tuesday, February 2, 1993
With clues that are truly poetic
And rhythm that really swings,
We bring this hint that will help you
Get right to the bottom of things.

The medallion you seek
Is surrounded by white.
We hope these few words
Will shed some light.
Explanation:
Getting to the bottom of things and surrounded by white means the medallion is tucked away in a new diaper and hidden in the snow.
Our Thoughts:
This is a rare early two-verse clue. Generally, they are reserved for the double-digit clues, 10 through 12. This is just an interesting aside that may be the link to why there are now 12 clues instead of 11. You might also get something vaguely baby-oriented from the word "swings." Another interpretation, given by Marcia Brass, equates "poetic" with Longfellow, a poet and a street near the park; further, she believed "rhythm that really swings" meant a song, which related to the fact that Longfellow wrote "Song of Hiawatha." A stretch? Somebody still needs to answer for 1996's "can-do affair."
 
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Published on Wednesday, February 3, 1993
Wheels by the millions
Have turned near our spot.
But it's pretty and placid
'Cause a freeway it's not.
Explanation:
Wheels refers to the trucks built at the nearby Ford plant.
 
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Published on Thursday, February 4, 1993
Not far from the place
Where the treasure does sit,
Walkers and joggers
Try to stay fit.
Explanation:
A bike and pedestrian path borders the park on Mississippi River Boulevard.
 
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Published on Friday, February 5, 1993
You can see them
If you look up high.
Some perfect circles
Are in the sky.
Explanation:
The circles are orange aviation warning balls on power lines over the Mississippi River.
Our Thoughts:
Controversially difficult, these balls are a fair way down river from where the medallion was hidden.
 
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Published on Saturday, February 6, 1993
Lots of places to picnic
When the weather's finally warm.
And even when it's raining,
You'll be protected from the storm.
Explanation:
There are tables and shelters in the park.
Our Thoughts:
As is the case in most parks.
 
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Published on Sunday, February 7, 1993
H2O can be found
And to be quite precise,
Sometimes it's water
And sometimes it's ice.
Explanation:
The Mississippi River flows by the park.
Our Thoughts:
It's late in the game for the inevitable water clue (a staple of many hunts).
 
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Published on Monday, February 8, 1993
Lots of gates spell trouble
On the tricky political scene.
But some of them can be helpful,
If only you use your bean.
Explanation:
Helpful gates are the North Gate and South Gate entrances to Hidden Falls Park.
 
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Published on Tuesday, February 9, 1993
Think of fast rushing water
That's not in your view,
And the lucky treasure finder
Might well be you.

If our treasure
Is what you're after,
You can have fun
And a little laughter.
Explanation:
The fast rushing water that's not in your view refers to Hidden Falls. The little laughter can be considered as a mini-ha-ha. Minnehaha Park is directly across the river.
 
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Published on Wednesday, February 10, 1993
Hidden Falls Park
Is where it resides.
It's east of two arrows,
Not too many strides.
Explanation:
This names the park and pinpoints the location of the medallion east of a pair of prominent arrow signs indicating traffic turns.
 
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