1994 Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt

Found by the impromptu partnership of Dave Jotblad and Tom Roach, two diggers that met the morning of the find at Highland Park, figuring two shovels were better than one. The medallion was hidden inside of a flat, white, wooden box. It was another case of merciful destiny (see 1996) as both men were recently out of work.

Hunt information
Dates:
First Clue:Sunday, January 23, 1994
Found on:Thursday, February 3, 1994
Finders:
NameHometown
Dave Jotblad
Tom Roach
Prize:
Maximum Prize:$4,000
Awarded Prize:$4,000
Location:
General Location:Highland Park
Exact Location:Near the Police Station
Concealer:Inside a wooden box
Clues
Published on Sunday, January 23, 1994
Find the treasure at your leisure,
The search really is a lark.
But while enjoying winter's pleasure,
Remember to look in a park.
Explanation:
Locates the medallion in a park.
Our Thoughts:
Laying the blanket (see 1995, Clue 2).
 
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Published on Monday, January 24, 1994
Look around on public ground
To find the cherished bounty.
You'll be more lost than found
If you depart from Ramsey County.
Explanation:
Confines the search to a public park in Ramsey County.
Our Thoughts:
Two clues used up to say what one usually does. Not the best of beginnings.
 
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Published on Tuesday, January 25, 1994
It's painted white and its size is right
For what you have in mind.
And if it comes within your sight,
You'll have a valuable find.
Explanation:
Describes the piece of wood hiding the medallion.
 
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Published on Wednesday, January 26, 1994
Trees that grow but stay quite low
Will steer you on your way,
As will benches where people go
To eat on a summer's day.
Explanation:
Refers to a clump of short evergreens and picnic benches near the medallion site.
Our Thoughts:
Marcia Brass, ever noodling words with ideas, put "trees that grow but stay quite low" to mean juniper trees. Juniper Street is right there in the park. That's just too much coincidence for it not to be true. Maybe an intern wrote the clue explanations this year.
 
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Published on Thursday, January 27, 1994
It can be a strain on the brain
To search for carnival treasure.
But if you seek elevated terrain,
Good things will come in due measure.
Explanation:
"Elevated terrain" is another way of saying "high land". Thus, the medallion is in Highland Park.
 
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Published on Friday, January 28, 1994
A house for the old rises out of the cold
To serve as a monument on high.
As does an arch that's really quite bold,
So you'd better start looking nearby.
Explanation:
"A house for the old" refers to the Montreal Hi-Rise, a senior citizens apartment tower near Highland Park. "An arch that's really quite bold" refers to the arched bridge over Montreal Avenue.
 
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Published on Saturday, January 29, 1994
Parking lots and games for nontots
Should attract your probing eyes.
You'd also be smart to seek out spots
Near the elongated name of a prize.
Explanation:
There are parking lots and a variety of places for games - golf courses, a horseshoe pit, a Frisbee course and a ballfield - near the medallion site. "The elongated name of a prize" refers to Antonio Drive. "Antonio" is a long version of "Tony" which is the name of the awards (or prizes) given each year for Broadway productions.
Our Thoughts:
"Nontots" is a funny way of saying adult games.
 
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Published on Sunday, January 30, 1994
An expanse of snow is where to go
To find the treasure round.
But as you search both high and low,
Don't tread on golfers' ground.
Explanation:
Cautions hunters that the medallion is not located on the Highland Park Golf Course.
 
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Published on Monday, January 31, 1994
If the winds blow and the goin's slow
And the search has left you glum,
Seek a road that winds to and fro
And you'll feel new knowledge come.

A proper spin will help you win
As you go searching here and there.
Think of something round and thin
That often flutters through the air.
Explanation:
"You'll feel knowledge come" is a pun on Edgecumbe Road, just west of the medallion site. "A proper spin", "round and thin", and "flutters through the air" refer to the Frisbee course across Montreal Avenue.
Our Thoughts:
Also of note is the popular "to and fro" phrasing. Cooler Crew "coolerheads" often use "to and fro" to say they're leaving the "Shoot the breeze..." Pioneer Planet Water Cooler Message Board, as in: "Later, I'm off to wander to and fro." This practice began during the 1998 hunt (see 1998, Clue 8).
 
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Published on Tuesday, February 1, 1994
While going about your chosen route,
Consider water both old and new.
This will help you ferret out
The treasure hidden from view.

A place of games and a ring of flames
Will guide you on your mission.
And if you think of proper names,
Something French is a good addition.
Explanation:
"Water both old and new" is a reference to the two swimming pools at Highland Park, one of which is no longer used. "A place for games" refers to the many activities nearby, and "ring of flames" identifies a fire ring just east of the medallion site. "Proper names" and "something French" refer to Montreal Avenue.
 
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Published on Wednesday, February 2, 1994
When the day turns dark and gray
And your luck seems truly awful,
You'll be headed on your way
By thinking of something lawful.

If all along you've been in the wrong,
Now's not the time to shed a tear.
Nor should you sing a doleful song
Instead, you ought to hum here.
Explanation:
"Something lawful" is the team police station near the medallion site. "You ought to hum here'" is a pun on Otto Hummer Drive, which leads to the police station.
 
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Published on Thursday, February 3, 1994
Hark! Hark! Head for Highland Park
To a field just north of the police station.
And if you're exactly on the mark,
You'll have cause for celebration.

Search if you could for a taped piece of wood
That hides the object of your pursuit.
And when you find it you'll feel mighty good
Because the winner takes home all the loot!
Explanation:
Gives the final directions to the medallion.
 
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