2021 Medallion Hunt Clue Meanings
Winterfest Medallion Hunt Clue #7 — Thursday, February 4th
The crowds grew large as the kids started to play, *Kids play in that area*
When mine came to the plate I couldn’t look away. *Ball diamond*
My child gave a mighty swing and struck the ball,
I got so excited until I heard that foul was the call. *A foul ball*
Up and over the fence did the soaring ball go, *It’s beyond the fence*
Straight over my head into the green grass below. *Picture sitting in the bleachers and watching foul ball fly overhead*
Winterfest Medallion Hunt Clue #6 — Wednesday, February 3rd
The medallion may have found a safe place to sit, *Close to bleachers*
But many hunters are on the verge of finding it. *Space between street and sidewalk is defined as, “But that narrow space between sidewalk and street — sometimes called a boulevard, median, hellstrip, parkway, verge or tree belt*
Most look forward but you may want to look behind, *It’s behind the bleachers*
If you do, then the treasure may be your big find.
Winterfest Medallion Hunt Clue #5 — Tuesday, February 2nd
The stage is all set as the crowd begins to grow, *Chautauquas, with stories and stages, have been hosted in Gorman Park*
To hear one of the great tales from a long time ago. *Stories happen at the nearby library*
St. Peter was almost the capital as the stories are told, *Gorman strongly proposed Saint Peter be named the state capital*
But some shenanigans caused that deal to unfold. *Clearly, this is the story about Saint Peter almost becoming the capital*
Winterfest Medallion Hunt Clue #4 — Monday, February 1st
Many claim their state is better than the rest,
Generally speaking, I think Minnesota is the best. *Willis Gorman was a brigadier general in the Army*
Despite the slick winter roads and unbearable cold, *Grace Slick (Grace Street)*
Our state’s many lakes and trees are a sight to behold. *TREEmendous Playgroud*
Winterfest Medallion Hunt Clue #3 — Friday, January 31st
It feels like we’ve been by here at least once before, *It has been hidden in parks along Washington Avenue, but not Gorman*
Or is it my imagination, I just can’t tell anymore.
If you avoid the red herrings meant to lead you astray,
You will find the medallion is just a stone’s throw away. *Gorman’s wife’s maiden name was Martha Stone*
Winterfest Medallion Hunt Clue #2 — Saturday, January 30th
Day after day and year after year,
The clues keep building until you are near.
Reading between the lines is one way to proceed, *Reading happens at the library, and the lines are the street and sidewalk*
Follow last year’s clues and you might just succeed. *Ramsey succeeded Gorman as territorial governors. Medallion was in Ramsey Park in 2020 and Gorman Park in 2021*
Winterfest Medallion Hunt Clue #1 — Friday, January 29th
We’ve welcomed back hunters sixteen times before, *Birth year of Willis A. Gorman was 1816*
I can’t wait to see what year seventeen has in store.
We know the medallion is somewhere on public ground, *
But which park will hold the treasure this time around? *“Park” narrows it down, at least somewhat, from the vastness of all public property. It has been hidden on parkland every year*
17th Annual Winterfest Medallion Hunt Rules
Find the Medallion somewhere in St Peter, and you will win $1,000 in St. Peter Chamber Bucks!
There are a few simple rules to remember when searching for the St. Peter Winter Medallion:
- The Medallion is located within the St. Peter city limits and on public property.
- Do NOT dig in the soil.
- Please respect other people’s property and DO NOT search for the Medallion on private property (never search Treaty Site History Center or adjacent properties).
- Please DO NOT climb over any fences when looking for the Medallion. The Medallion is NOT located in a restricted area.
Clues will be posted at 5:01 p.m. each day, until the Medallion is found, on the following websites:
If you find the Medallion, you can turn it in at the St. Peter Area Chamber of Commerce office located at 101 S. Front Street in St. Peter. If you find the Medallion outside of the normal Chamber of Commerce business hours, please call Ed at 507-766-4560 so, as a courtesy to all Medallion hunters, we can report via the Chamber Facebook Page that it has been found. An e-mail also will go immediately to the St. Peter Herald and Mankato Free Press.
Special Thank You to the St. Peter Area Tourism & Visitors Bureau for donating the St. Peter Chamber Bucks for the Medallion Hunt once again this year!
Medallion found at 5:07 p.m. Thursday, February 4, 2021 by Saint Peter resident Jennifer Jenniges at Gorman Park
Saint Peter resident Jennifer Jenniges imagined the path of a foul ball to find the Saint Peter Medallion at 5:07 p.m. Thursday, February 4 in Gorman Park behind the bleachers.
“If I was sitting in the bleachers, and it flew over my head, this is where it would land,” said Jenniges, holding a metal rake between the sidewalk and the street.
“We did it!” she shouted, as she lifted the clear plastic medallion over her head to show the dozen or so other searchers in her vicinity. She called the feat a “global effort.”
Jenniges was at the Saint Peter Dog Park when her sister, who lives in the northern suburbs, called her just after Clue #7 was released at 5:01 p.m. “She said, get there! It’s behind the fence!”
It was a global effort, because Jenniges, her sister, and a friend in Djibouti, a country in east Africa, utilized collective brain power to decipher the clues.
They knew the first of five governors from Saint Peter, Willis A. Gorman, was central to the story of Saint Peter almost, but not quite, becoming Minnesota’s capital city.
“There were a few things with the clues,” Jenniges said. “This is the TREEmendous Playground park, it’s the library so read between the lines, maybe even something with Creative Play Place.”
Her second year participating in Saint Peter medallion searches, Jenniges combed an area of Gorman park last night near a bench in the middle where people might “rest” or “sit”, as the clues alluded.
The 13-year resident of Saint Peter didn’t spend more than three hours outside trying to find it. Dressed in layers like a true Minnesotan, she looked for a little while in Stones Park, Minnesota Square Park and by the rocks in the northwest quadrant of Gorman.
“I was committed to searching no matter what weather came the next few days,” Jenniges said. “The cold doesn’t bother me.”
She said Minnesota Square seemed too obvious, and her Djibouti friend read somewhere that Stone was the maiden name of Gorman’s wife.
“All three of us were confident it was in Gorman Park,” she said.
This is the 17th Winterfest Medallion Hunt, and the winner each year receives $1,000 in Chamber Bucks, compliments of the Saint Peter Tourism and Visitors Bureau. Jenniges said she hasn’t yet thought about how she will spend the winnings.
Clue #1 included the words “seventeen” and “sixteen”. Gorman was born in 1816.
Clue #2 incorporated the line, “Follow last year’s clues, and you just might succeed.” The medallion was found in Ramsey Park last year. Minnesota’s first governor Ramsey succeeded second governor Gorman.
Also following last year’s clues, both Ramsey Park and Gorman Park are along the same Washington Avenue.
More clue meanings will be revealed this week.
Other searchers were seen last night and today in Stones Park, Levee Park, and Minnesota Square Park, to name a few.
Other searchers were sure after the Clue #7 foul ball reference was released today that the medallion was hidden under or very close to the bleachers behind Gorman’s ball park home plate backstop fence, so Jenniges wouldn’t have had enough space between them to search there even if she wanted to.
“But that was okay, because with the shorter fence to the right of the taller fence, this is the only place the ball could go over.”
2021 Medallion Hunt Blog Entries
8:23 a.m. Thursday, February 4, 2021 — We call it Winterfest. Should we rename it Wrinklefest?
Wrinkle 1 is the two new inches of snow this morning, and Wrinkle 2, the bitter cold temperatures and wind, will be more of a fold.
How will medallion searchers react?
So far, the searchers have taken a page out of the book of a typical trick-or-treater. Their daily excitement climaxes at 5:01 with the viewing of the clue, but by 7:30, they are sipping hot chocolate comfortably in their warm abodes.
Seriously, drive around to the parks tonight. You will see just a few searchers after 6:30 p.m. And so much unsearched snow, if footprints are an indication.
But soon, despite the intense cold and new snow, the most determined of hunters will be out there outfitted with snow pants, shovels and headlamps.
Conventional wisdom says they are waiting for later-days clues, which, by the nature of medallion hunts, are increasingly more hinty.
The hiders insist even Clue #1, and all since it, gave away the medallion’s location.
How have past finders found it? Knowing that might get you closer.
All the best, searchers! Be safe out there. Conditions favor the Rapscallion, but you can gain an edge.
4:51 p.m. Wednesday, February 3, 2021 — Hello, hunters!
Just checking our connections, making sure we’re all systems go for the release of Clue #6 in a few minutes.
This mission is ON.
Lots of peeps in the parks. They’re starting to inkle the clues meanings, apparently. They have theories and hunches.
11:06 a.m. Wednesday, February 3, 2021 — Still reflecting, one year there were footprints in seemingly every square foot of Stones Park in the early days, but still, it was eventually found there.
Again, I don’t know where the medallion is hidden. Promise.
But, the Stones Park carpet-search-to-no-avail illustrates how clever the hider(s) is.
10:52 a.m. Wednesday, February 3, 2021 — Reflecting on past years, here are five Rapscallion gems:
- Spelling R-A-M-S-E-Y in clues #1 through #6 when it was in Ramsey Park
- Alluding to Sly and the Family Stone lyrics when it was in Stones Park
- Referring to Warren Beatty movie titles when it was in Warren Park
- Issuing the identical Clue #1 from the previous year when it was hidden in Jefferson Park for the second year in a row
- Spelling M-I-L-L P-O-N-D with the first letter of each line in a clue
The Rapscallion(s) have bestowed upon searchers a good share of mind-blowing Magic Eye gaze-at-it-long-enough-and-the-answer-becomes-visible gems over the years.
10:27 a.m. Wednesday, February 3, 2021 — It’s an annual remarkable phenomenon, really, that FB reach numbers sink with the middle-days’ clues when logic and reasoning would suggest numbers should increase.
We predicted before the release of yesterday’s clue that the FB reach would be weaker with it than with the previous days’ clues. And it happened, with the reach number for Clue #5 being 638, compared to 866 the day before and 1184 the day before the day before.
So, the relevance with decreased reach is this, as mentioned yesterday: With fewer peeps reading the clues, it must mean fewer peeps are searching, so get out there and find it before the inevitable stampedes arrive on the scene.
It’s fun to look back. Last year, when the medallion was found in Ramsey Park after Clue #9, the first letter of Clues #1 through #6 spelled R-A-M-S-E-Y.
Good luck, searchers. Tomorrow the temperature starts to dip.
4:38 p.m. Tuesday, February 2, 2021 — This happens every year, it follows a predictable trend, so there’s nothing to worry about with the overall health and popularity of the hunt.
What we’re saying is this annual activity garners fierce infatuation in the beginning, rides honeymoon passion early on, matures into let’s say marriage stability, and then discovers something akin to a little blue pill as clues get extendingly specific on something like days 7, 8, 9 and 10.
We are on Day 5.
So, let’s give you a peek behind the curtain. At analytics, we mean. These are “reach” numbers from our Facebook posts:
Announcement of 2021 Medallion Hunt, with picture of idol — 3010
Clue 1 — 2316
Clue 2 — 1299
Clue 3 — 1184
Clue 4 — 866
Mark these words: The post about Clue 5 will be have numbers hanging closer to the Clue 4 post than the Clue 3 post.
Why, prey tell, would we go into all of this, you, loyal hunters, ask?
Because, and take this as advice, NOW is the time to find the medallion, when relatively fewer searchers are searching.
If the past can predict the future, hunter numbers are on their way up, like Game Stop stock was.
Bitter cold weather, especially wind, invites shrinkage in numbers, BUT still, Saint Peter public lands will look like a Carhartt Arctic Wear fashion catwalk with all who know how to dress when $1,000 in Chamber Bucks is on the line.
Shhhh, Don’t tell anyone about this blog and its valuable intel with analytics. Keep it to yourself to gain the edge in the search.
4:13 p.m. Monday, February 1, 2021 — Are you thinking it through?
Like, a legit investigator wouldn’t be looking only at the clues. She would be thinking in layers.
Would the “how” get you closer to the “where”?
I mean, think about it. There’s so much digital dust, fingerprints and other shedding evidence that getting by with doing fun, sneaky stuff is so much tougher these days.
Being seen hiding the medallion could devastate the event. And yet, it seems to be found, and therefore by deductive thinking hidden, within sight of streets, with awesome parking, no less.
All three years in Jefferson Park it was stunningly close to Jefferson Avenue, if you are looking for examples. So many years, the clear sight lines to where it was hidden would seem to inkle how it’s hidden, but do searchers assemble thoughts on how it has been hidden to predict where it is hidden?
The Rapscallion(s) move in mysterious ways.
For a recent-year Saint Paul Winter Carnival, the medallion hiders hid the thing in a parking lot snow bank, right there pretty much in a roadway. Amazing. Dozens, hundreds or even thousands of searching eyes must have at least glanced over that snowy cloak stack.
No matter which Saintly city you are in, Rapscallions are awesome. They leave no trace.
Or do they.
Any footprints would be irrelevant by this juncture of the hunt, with so many searchers inadvertently camouflaging the hider’s’. Probably.
But there has got to be an opportunity to tap into a Rapscallion tendency or invisible tell. Something, anything, that would connect the how to the where.
5:50 p.m. Sunday, January 31, 2021 — Well, we do this every year, so, here goes, from memory, the medallion has been in the following parklands: Veterans’, Gault (2), Stone’s Way (2), McGill (2), Jefferson (3), Warren (2), Mill Pond (2), Minnesota Square, and Ramsey. That’s 16, right?
Winterfest 2021 marks the 17th year of the medallion hunt.
We mentioned this somewhere, but it’s worth reiterating the medallion is about the size of a cell phone, only thicker, like three cell phones stacked.
It’s clear this year, so it resembles an ice cube that is melting. Of course, it has words on it, so it has at least a little visibility to it.
I, the writer of this blog, hereby swear I’m am never told where the medallion is until its finder eventually calls me.
But, I feel tremendous pride in knowing the tendencies of the Medallion Rapscallion. So, in my humble opinion, it behooves you to read this blog.
5:35 p.m. Saturday, January 30, 2021 — There must be smoke rising from the brains of the super sleuths right now.
We’ll know soon enough if this is true, but Clue #2 seems chalk full of leads.
The Rapscallion deals out red herrings as efficiently and effectively as a Pez dispenser, though, so there’s that.
We picture the hunt’s super sleuths in vehicles, kitchen tables and local establishments with their laptops, rifling through their resources. Maps and journals open and strewn. Googling feverishly. Roaring to public lands. Bloodhounds they are. On a scent. https://www.stpeterchamber.com/event/medallion-clues/
But what to make of it all. How specific could Clue #2 really be? It’s so early in the hunt, one might say.
We’ll drive around and see where the fireflies (searchers with flashlights) seem to be fluttering most. There’s so much ground to cover. Strike that. So much ground to undercover, as in the undercovering of snow cover.
2:36 p.m. Saturday, January 30, 2021 — The searchers are out in droves!
We’ve never before used that word, which is defined as “a large number” and rhymes with groves, which are geographic features like glens, valleys, and hilltops that perhaps harbor the elusive prized piece.
So, all of that is vague.
But what’s clear is the medallion has always been hidden on Saint Peter parkland. Definitely not someplace like a cemetery, history site or other such place that should remain undisturbed. It has always been above ground, so there’s never a need to dig in the dirt.
Is it interesting that the third word of the fourth line of the first clue is “park”?
If so, then why not just go out and search every park until happening upon it?
Well, if it was that easy, everyone would be doing it, right? How many searchers are there? Thousands, hundreds, tens of thousands or tens of hundreds? Who knows?
Some will wait; most will only speculate. In other words, there’s a correlation between specificity of as the clues and numbers of searchers. The later it gets in the hunt, the more peeps tell each other, “ooo, ooo! I know where it is! Let’s go!” The many, many speculators will merely interpret the clues and tell each other where the medallion is. And that, friends, is part of what makes these hunts so much fun.
The narrowing down of possible places is fun to watch. Right? If it’s on parkland, which, past performance can’t predict future results, but …, there are only so many places it can be hidden. That said, the Rapscallion keeps potential spaces as infinite as possible, if that makes sense.
Saint Paul, Minnesota has a beyond adequate medallion hunt, we must admit as we want ours to be the best. On Thursday, morning, we received our first mistaken call from someone up there searching. Our response was, “You got the wrong number, but wow, it’s so nice to hear from someone other than a solicitor selling extended vehicle warranties. Thanks for letting us know our SEO is amazing!”
Sorry this blog post can be interpreted as a meaning-starved, rambling explosion of nonsensical expressions. Thanks for reading, though! And, thank goodness the clues are concise, pleasantly lyrical, and riddled with hints.
4:55 p.m. Thursday, January 28, 2021 — The stage is set for the 2021 Winterfest Medallion Hunt!
We’re 24 hours to launch.
Snow at this time of year is so weird and fluctuating.
We’re told that last year, when the medallion was hidden in Ramsey Park, there was snow over it. But, a few days of melting actually exposed the envelope it was in, so visible in plain sight but somehow unseen. Mother Nature came along and again concealed it under several inches of snow before the finder, on a Sunday afternoon, came along with a shovel and knew by the clues where to look.
You might have to dig in the snow, but never into the earth.
We’re referred already to the Rapscallion, who is the person(s) who hide the medallion and write the clues. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to out-fox the Rapscallion, who is most certainly trying to out-fox you.
Below, you can see the meanings of the clues from last year’s medallion hunt. It will help you get a grasp of the Rapscallion’s tendencies.
But know this: the Rapscallion is as elusive as a leprechaun, and as tricky.
The night before the day the medallion was found in Ramsey Park last year, there were searchers in Vet’s Park, Gorman Park and Minnesota Square Park. Betcha when searchers eventually saw clues’ meanings, they said, “By jove. Ramsey Park made perfect sense.
Excitement is building!
Oh, we should mention, there are no clues in these blogs, only inklings into the tendencies, traditions and virtual trackings of the Medallion Rapscallion.
4:55 p.m. Wednesday, January 27, 2021 — The medallion has always been hidden on park land. City maps are free and available at the Chamber office, 101 S. Front Street, which is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
For new hunters, that’s a pretty big hint, because, sure, there are acres of public land that are not City public land.
On the map, the parks are marked in green. On the ground, the parks are covered in white, as in snow, and more of it is predicted to fall this weekend.
Go in with a plan, hunters. In the majority of years, the finder has relied heavily on clues. There were couple years early on where searchers just happened upon the medallion in the early days by doing blanket searches, but for the past more than a decade, they have needed to be clues sleuths.
Rookies will learn this early: The Rapscallion is clever, and not to be out-foxed.
6:55 p.m. Tuesday, January 26, 2021 — Well hunters, what do you suppose?
That’s a benign question, and one that gives nothing away, but it really raises the hackles of the die-hardiest searchers.
They don’t want to give up any edge; they read the clues so carefully, and harvest layered meanings, that they don’t want a silly speculative blog leaking any hints whatsoever.
Insert maniacal laugh here.
Sometimes this blog teases the hunters, while others it ribs the Rapscallion.
So, the question revisited. Do you suppose it’s under the snows, a place where no wind blows, or maybe even right under your nose?
1:23 p.m. Saturday, January 23, 2021 — This Medallion Hunt is as easy as 1.23.
Get it? 1.23? That’s today’s date.
Like tuning in an antiquated transistor radio, you’ve got to dial your senses to your “keen” setting.
One year, the clues writer spelled MILL POND vertically with the first letter in each clue sentence. A few hunters picked up on it, flooded Mill Pond Park, and whatya know, found it there.
Good luck, hunters! It’s going to be a great year for chasing the medallion.
Oh yeah. One more thing. Check out the time stamp on this 2021 inaugural blog post. 1:23 p.m.