2019 Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt

Hunt information
Dates:
First Clue:Sunday, January 20, 2019
Found on:Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Finders:
NameHometown
John Collins Fridley
Prize:
Maximum Prize:$10,000
Awarded Prize:$10,000
Location:
General Location:Long Lake regional Park
Exact Location:10 paces off the path between the beach and boat launch west of Devine
Concealer:Frozen in leaves
Clues
Published on Sunday, January 20, 2019
For the sake of a wall we’re in a grand stall
So make use of your new found leisure
In the midst of the shutdown, since work hours are cut down,
Find a park to search for treasure.
Explanation:
Exhorts federal employees who are idled by the government shutdown to make the most of their time and hunt for the treasure. “Park” indicates the medallion is in a park. “Stall” alludes to the hundreds of stalls that once made up the Twin City Packing Company on Long Lake that once vied with the South St. Paul stockyards in the late 1800s.
 
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Published on Monday, January 21, 2019
This sounds less than clever, but this year we endeavor
To hide the prize in scant flora.
Surround with ice wall? We knew it would fall,
Better to join the plethora
Scrambled Clue:
We scant this less endeavor flora wall plethora prize clever
knew sounds surround would with than but
year join in the better to to hide ice
it the fall we this
Explanation:
The weather this year had the CW flummoxed. In year’s past, the puck has often been encased in ice to help camouflage it. This year’s temperate weather convinced the CW to use something found all over Long Lake Regional Park instead — leaves. (“Fall” was a hat tip, too.) “Plethora” refers to the many leaves in which the medallion is buried.
 
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Published on Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Clue 3
One day moons ago, the wind it did blow
The sky, an upside down bog
As a tornado twirled it soon unfurled
A street full of fish and frog
Scrambled Clue:
twirled down as unfurled the moons a of an
sky upside a did wind it
bog frog tornado soon it blow and
the one day fish street ago full
Explanation:
In 1925, a tornado hit Long Lake, sucking up fish and frogs and spewing them out over the old downtown district of New Brighton.
 
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Published on Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Don't be snide, buy a ticket to ride -
The journey is bound to be a hoot
Down by the junction you hunters should function
To track down the precious loot.
Scrambled Clue:
a snide the hunters to journey’s precious track
a you ticket down the down don’t
the hoot junction function be loot buy to
be bound ride should to by


Explanation:
Soo Line gave the Bulwer Junction Depot to New Brighton Historical Society, and in 1990, the building was moved to its current location in Long Lake Park, where it serves as History Center. Outside the building there is a restored caboose.
 
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Published on Thursday, January 24, 2019
Wouldn't it be sweet if treasure you'd meet?
Your life bedecked in grand style!
Search hip to hip on your hunting trip
And your tactics could prove worthwhile
Scrambled Clue:
could bedecked it be style hip life to
wouldn’t your you’d sweet your hunting
if your in trip worthwhile grand search meet
on hip prove and tactics treasure
Explanation:
The Hipp family, among the oldest and longest residents of New Brighton, operated the Lakeside Berry Farm along Long Lake. “Sweet” refers to the berries. Extra credit to those who divined “stockyards” from “meet.”
 
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Published on Friday, January 25, 2019
From cowpokes to news blokes
It was the place to get hitched.
But gone are the colts, its now nuts and bolts
That are most likely to be pitched.
Scrambled Clue:
news from place nuts be
but pitched to cowpokes that blokes bolts
gone are are to it’s and colts it likely was
most the the get hitched now to
Explanation:
The “opulent” Cattlemen’s Hotel was built in the 1890s to accommodate traffic to the new stockyards near Long Lake — replete with hitching post for the cowboys. The building, which later became known as the Exchange Hotel, housed a bank, a land company, railroad offices, stock commission offices, a telegraph office, newspaper presses, a barber shop, a saloon, and gaming rooms. It eventually became a canning factory and, finally, Beisswenger’s Hardware. In 1988, Beisswenger’s built a new store behind the former hotel, which was razed. Beisswenger’s moved to another building in the city in 2005.
 
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Published on Saturday, January 26, 2019
Leave your back yard, search long and hard
For the gold that will be your pay day
No more carping, head toward the barking,
To find a clue to brighten your day
Scrambled Clue:
carping a to your clue day your more
search toward no back your pay the brighten long
and head yard to for hard find
the leave that barking will day be gold
Explanation:
“Long” refers to the Long Lake, and “carping” to the problem that the lake has had with carp. “Brighten” alludes to the nearby town of New Brighton. “Barking” alludes to the “Goldzilla” celebration the Long Lake Regional Park hosted last year that featured golden retrievers. “Gold” also refers to a time, in the 1920s, when a local farmer said he heard a rumor that gold bars were buried along the eastern shore of Long Lake by bootleggers, sparking a mini “gold rush” along Long Lake to find the treasure.
 
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Published on Sunday, January 27, 2019
Try for cooperation, angle for affirmation
Smart hunters exchange intel.
If you see perplexed faces in the usual places
Listen close to what they tell.
Scrambled Clue:
intel if perplexed the they see
hunters usual you what
close in faces smart places exchange for to tell
for listen try cooperation affirmation angle
Explanation:
“Try” and “angle” reference the triangle that is formed by the cardboard cutouts of the gnomes Snap, Crackle & Pop from Kellogg’s Rice Krispies planted in the vicinity of the medallion. Located a distance apart in places hunters often look — in a stump, behind a sign and alongside a fallen tree — it’ll still take cooperation to triangulate the prize. The characters seemed appropriate given this year’s temporary relocation of Winter Carnival activities to Kellogg Mall Park from Rice Park because of construction. “Exchange” references the New Brighton Exchange Development, adjacent to the puck’s location in the park.
 
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Published on Sunday, January 27, 2019
If you have heard noises we’ve stirred
You’re viewing quite the sight.
Don’t go near track, path is best tack.
This veined take’s a lowly sleight.
Scrambled Clue:
go sleight viewing a we’ve have noises
this lowly you’re if take’s
heard track sight stirred you don’t the tack
near best quite veined path is
Explanation:
“… noises we’ve stirred” refers to the Rice Krispies cutouts we’ve planted around the medallion, and “viewing quite the sight” is for The View Apartments overlooking the hiding spot. “Don’t go near track, path is best tack” suggests hunters should stay close to the trails if they want to find the medallion. The puck is also hidden on the ground in two leaves, or “veined take.” Plus, “veined” is an anagram for “Devine,” the nearby street that points to the location of the medallion.
 
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Published on Tuesday, January 29, 2019
We get the impression the hunters depression
Is pitted in clue ambiguity.
You’ll feel fine when you realize a sign
Can help repair hunting acuity..

Feeling pumped? If you’re stumped,
Follow this reminder:
Holy places lead to treasured spaces
Be humble to be finder.
Scrambled Clue:
pitted repair realize you a in get
can when we acuity feel
fine impression is the help the ambiguity you’ll
sign hunting depression clue hunter’s

places spaces humble if treasured
finder feeling lead
be this be you’re to to
follow holy pumped stumped reminder
Explanation:
“… noises we’ve stirred” refers to the Rice Krispies cutouts we’ve planted around the medallion, and “viewing quite the sight” is for The View Apartments overlooking the hiding spot. “Don’t go near track, path is best tack” suggests hunters should stay close to the trails if they want to find the medallion. The puck is also hidden on the ground in two leaves, or “veined take.” Plus, “veined” is an anagram for “Devine,” the nearby street that points to the location of the medallion.
 
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Published on Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Whether from beach or boat breach
Examine an adjoining trail..
With backs to tracks, ignore sticks in stacks.
Search high ground for puck’s leaf veil.

We dropped the treasure close to walker’s pleasure
Within paces of the trodded lane.
To cure hunting blues, go back some clues
A signal street there sounds plain.
Scrambled Clue:
breach beach sticks in stacks or
ground to ignore tracks
puck’s from for adjoining whether trail boat with
veil search examine high leaf backs an



sounds lane back go signal trodded the cure
the dropped paces blues treasure close
of walker’s plain pleasure clues we a to
street there to within hunting some
Explanation:
Whether parked at the swimming beach or the boat ramp at Long Lake, hunters should hop on the connecting trail and turn away from the housing to the east. The medallion is on the lake side of the trail, hidden with the help of a couple of leaves.

The medallion isn’t far from the path, but if hunters are still having trouble figuring out at which point on the trail to look, they’re referred back to the anagram in Clue 9, “veined,” which, when spoken, “sounds” like “plain.”
 
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Published on Thursday, January 31, 2019
Out in New Brighton, the thought does frighten
That berries are no longer sweet.
And skip the depot; go where we go
Southeast Long Lake hides the treat.

When in line with Devine (large tree’s past the find)
Head west off the pathway.
After ten steps in, look left; ignore din
The puck’s at your feet, on display.

Drop to the ground; with hands feel around,
And ID two cottonwood leaves.
These have heft, though, and make a pouch faux
Find and slow pokes will grieve
Scrambled Clue:
go does southeast depot the sweet go treat
the are out no in berries
skip where we New Long and frighten Brighton
thought the hides Lake that longer



on head large line steps the pathway display din in
ten your left after feet
the off with at look ignore in puck’s
find when tree’s west past the Devine

grieve heft two feel with around find a
ground and drop though pouch
pokes and the will cottonwood make to have hands
faux ID and slow leaves these
Explanation:
For hunters in New Brighton’s Long Lake Regional Park, it’s time to leave the Lakeside Berry Farm and the area around the Depot, because the puck is hidden down the shore.

By lining up with nearby Devine Drive and a large tree just to the east of the trail, hunters will be able to take a few steps east from the trail to the hiding spot.

Taped between two discs of cardboard from a Rice Krispies box and then swaddled in two leaves, the medallion waits for a quick — and lucky — hunter.
 
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