Not the first time the Treasure Hunt went to final clue

St. Paul Pioneer Press - 02-03-2016

"first in more than a decade"


JAIME DELAGE - PIONEER PRESS STAFF WRITER

The 2016 Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt was the first in more than a decade that went down to the 12th and final clue.

Christopher Jozwiak, Phillip Kitzer and Heather Vocke, all of Minneapolis, found the medallion late Wednesday in the woods near the Bald Eagle Lake boat ramp north of White Bear Lake.

The last time the hunt went to the last clue was 2004, when Luis and Virginia Ibarra found the medallion about eight hours after the final clue was published. The medallion was loose in the snow at Phalen Park after apparently being dislodged from the green frosted doughnut it was hidden with.

The doughnut, perhaps eaten by squirrels, was never...

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St. Paul Winter Carnival Treasure Hunt

Twin Cities Live - 02-02-2016

An interview with Emily Engberg


EMILY ENGBERG - TWIN CITIES LIVE

The Saint Paul Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt started during the Winter Carnival back in 1952. Daniel Ridder, the publisher of the Pioneer Press at the time, was the brainchild of the event. He thought it would be fun to print daily clues to help people find a hidden treasure chest. Daniel and his brother Robert hid the treasure chest in Highland Park. It was so popular that it continues today.

Today, the treasure is a medallion and itís always hidden in a public space. Jesse Anibas...

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Who is the Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt clue writer?

St. Paul Pioneer Press - 01-24-2016

"the best secret in St. Paul"


RICHARD CHIN - PIONEER PRESS STAFF WRITER

This anonymous person is described as "the best secret in St. Paul."

It's a mystery man or woman who might be one of the great hidden identities of newspaper journalism, up there with the Washington Post's Deep Throat or the alter ego of the Daily Planet's Clark Kent.

We're talking, of course, about the person who writes the clues for the Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt.

The hunt is in its 64th year. Over the decades, due to death or retirement, the mantle of the clue writer has been secretly handed down from person to person, rather like the transfer of the identity of the Dread Pirate Roberts.

Occasionally, the names of retired clue writers...

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It's the 1993 Treasure Hunt, and this video puts you there

- St. Paul Pioneer Press - 01-24-2014

1993 Treasure Hunt: A backstory


JOHN BREWER - PIONEER PRESS STAFF WRITER

The video begins outside the St. Paul Pioneer Press headquarters. Cedar Street is clogged with cars, and a thick line of people stretches down the block.

A timestamp says "12:26 a.m., Feb. 7, 1993." ....

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The things they carried

St. Paul Pioneer Press - 01-18-2009

Experts dispense a treasury of medallion-hunting wisdom


RICHARD CHIN - PIONEER PRESS STAFF WRITER

A horde of searchers wielding shovels, hoes and rakes will start scouring parks and public lands in Ramsey County today as the Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt kicks off.

But if history is any guide, the hunters also will be armed with dictionaries, IPhones, ladders, GPS devices, laptop computers and chicken wire in their quest for the elusive medallion.

We talked to a handful of veteran hunters to learn the things they carry into the field, what they've seen other people using and what they think are the essential tools of the quest.

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MEDALLION FEVER

- St. Paul Pioneer Press - 01-23-2005
JOHN BREWER - PIONEER PRESS STAFF WRITER

A couple's new film, shot over four years, tracks the ups and downs, joys and frostbite of diehard treasure hunters.

Trent Tooley didn't mean to get hooked. Neither did Dan Fleming, Steve Worthman or Jesse Anibas.

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TIMELESS TREASURE

- St. Paul Pioneer Press - 01-18-2004

The Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt ó a Winter Carnival fixture since 1952 ó doesn't change much. And isn't that the way it should be?


KARL J. KARLSON - PIONEER PRESS STAFF WRITER

There really isn't much new from year to year with the annual Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt, and that's the way it should be, according to the newspaper's publisher, Harold Higgins.

"The Treasure Hunt is a tradition. We don't plan on making changes,'' Higgins said, in releasing the information basics about the popular, yet secretive, contest that the newspaper began in 1952.

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Web site is all about medallion

- St. Paul Pioneer Press - 01-18-2003

Treasure Hunt attracts searchers in cyberspace, too


KARL J. KARLSON - PIONEER PRESS STAFF WRITER

The hunt begins in 11 days.... The hunt begins in 10 days.... The hunt begins in nine days....

This message slowly ticks away on a Web site maintained by "Med Hunter" for the serious fan of the Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt, held in conjunction with the St. Paul Winter Carnival.

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Thrill of the Hunt

- St. Paul Pioneer Press - 01-20-2002

Intrepid seekers of the Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt medallion are hoping for good conditions in which to pursue their quarry - and that means plenty of snow.


KARL J. KARLSON - PIONEER PRESS STAFF WRITER

It is mid-January and "Mr. Med Hunter" anxiously scans the daily weather forecasts. He is cheered somewhat by the 2 to 3 inches of snow St. Paul got last Sunday, but the hints from the Pioneer Press weather page of "light snow," "some snow" and "flurries" may not be enough.

"We need 8 inches of snow cover at least," said Hunter, a draftsman known the rest of the year as Jesse Anibas of White Bear Lake.

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Point, Click, Dig

- St. Paul Pioneer Press - 01-21-2001

Technology has changed the way some people search, but the Winter Carnival Treasure Hunt retains its mystery and magic after 50 years.


KARL J. KARLSON - PIONEER PRESS STAFF WRITER

In 1952, when the Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt began, finding the hidden medallion was a simpler affair. Most hunters eagerly awaited the two-a-day clues printed in the morning Pioneer Press and the afternoon Dispatch. They often gathered in the cold outside the newspaper lobby ....

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