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Congratulations to Amanda and Scott Emerick, the finders of the 2019 St. Peter Winterfest Medallion! It was on Jefferson Park land for the third year in a row.


2019 Medallion Hunt Clue Meanings

Clue #10 – Sunday, February 10th

  • You are getting ever so close to completing your goal
  • Just look for the right stake near the edge of the bowl—It was one of the stakes at the edge of the bowl. Literally. Purposely hid it near the stake closest to the 45 mph speed limit sign
  • Just a few paces north is where the medallion can be found – Literally, just a few paces north of the stake
  • It’s safely hidden in the ridge with much grass all around – Literally, hidden in the ridge in the grass

Clue #9 – Saturday, February 9th

  • You should be extra careful as you search in the snow
  • There are limits that are set about how fast you can go – Speed limit sign
  • Check your speed and make sure not to go too fast – Speed limit sign, tells where along that area, that stretch of Nicollet Avenue, to look
  • If you don’t pay close attention you might just walk on past—Again, close to path

Clue #8 – Friday, February 8th

  • If the clues have you confused and you’re feeling a bit down –
  • You may want to grab a St. Peter map and research the town – Joseph Nicollet mapped this area; he was a cartographer
  • Failure to do this will leave you with nothing else to blame
  • Cluses is the key to the hunt that will help you stake your claim – Some hunters thought it was a typo. If you google the Joseph Nicollet page, you see he was born in Cluses, a commune in France. Nicollet sounds French. Nicollet Avenue runs along Jefferson Park.

Clue #7 – Thursday, February 7th

  • Some are doing quite well as they have found the right path—Here we see path again. It’s the path around the Jefferson Park basin
  • If you seem a bit confused maybe you should check your math – Nicollet is a mathematician
  • It’s really not that tough as I’m sure you will soon clearly see – Key didn’t mean anything, not really
  • But you might go in circles if you don’t pick up on the key – The path was a circle

Clue #6 – Wednesday, February 6th

  • The medallion might be plastic but it looks just like glass – Looks like glass and rhymes nicely
  • Which could make it tricky to find in the snow or the grass – Hid it in the grass when there wasn’t any snow
  • If it wasn’t so cloudy the stars could help light your way – Goes to Joseph Nicollet the geographer, astronomer and mathematician
  • As you follow the path to where the treasure does lay
  • The closer you get you’ll need to step away from the trail – It’s not on the path, but close
  • But don’t stray too far as it may cause your search to fail – Same, that it’s close to the path

Clue #5 – Tuesday, February 5th

  • It’s been about 45 hours since the big game has been done – Forty-five hours brings it to 6 p.m. on Tuesday. By the way, 45 years ago, there were no touchdowns thrown in the Super Bowl. This, the number 45, indicated the speed limit sign along Nicollet Avenue.
  • Your excitement or sadness depends on if your team won —
  • Who would expect a bowl game with no touchdowns thrown – Rhyming only
  • Now forget about the game and go find a big bowl of your own – Basin is like a big bowl
  • The medallion location is somewhere in the clues I do pledge – Rhymes with edge
  • Stay focused on your goal if you want to keep your edge – On the edge of the bowl

Clue #4 – Monday, February 4th

  • Reading the clues over and over could be very wise – Over and over is like groundhog day, every year same thing. Jefferson Park again. And, Jefferson was a wise old sage
  • When you consider what’s at stake if you find the prize – A stake is a metal post
  • If you choose the right path you will not go astray – Clue word path is used several times
  • You’ll be glad to know the medallion is just a few feet away—Path was literally a few feet away

Clue #3 – Sunday, February 3rd

  • Some clues can be subtle while others are very direct
  • Others might be there simply for a diversionary affect
  • Be careful which portion you let govern your search – The key word was govern. Jefferson was governor of Virginia, the second governor of Virginia in fact. Thought people might think Minnesota governors, especially McGill. A diversionary thing
  • Focusing on the wrong words could put you in a lurch
  • Every clue has something about the medallion location
  • Just find the right words that lead you to the destination

Clue #2 – Saturday, February 2nd

  • Jefferson has been the hiding spot for two years back to back – Wanted to mention Jefferson just for fun. It really did mean Jefferson Park. So early. In the second clue
  • The repeat was deemed necessary to keep the hunters off track – The path is like a track
  • This year it would be wise to take a walk with a watchful eye – Follow the right path; watchful eye didn’t mean anything
  • If you follow the right path the medallion will be very nearby – Path appears several times and means the path around the basin

2019 Medallion Hunt Clues

Clue #1 – Friday, February 1st

  • We’re back once again for our annual winter tradition – This meant back in the same spot again, but was very subtle
  • The 15th winter medallion hunt has begun on public land – Wanted to hint at public land, because yes, it was hidden in parkland on the map but perhaps more to the side of public land than a park with park equipment and playing fields
  • Finding the prize could help your dreams come to fruition
  • Because possession of the medallion will give you a cool grand


2019 Medallion Hunt Clues

Clue #10 – Sunday, February 10th

  • You are getting ever so close to completing your goal
  • Just look for the right stake near the edge of the bowl
  • Just a few paces north is where the medallion can be found
  • It’s safely hidden in the ridge with much grass all around

Clue #9 – Saturday, February 9th

  • You should be extra careful as you search in the snow
  • There are limits that are set about how fast you can go
  • Check your speed and make sure not to go too fast
  • If you don’t pay close attention you might just walk on past

Clue #8 – Friday, February 8th

  • If the clues have you confused and you’re feeling a bit down
  • You may want to grab a St. Peter map and research the town
  • Failure to do this will leave you with nothing else to blame
  • Cluses is the key to the hunt that will help you stake your claim

Clue #7 – Thursday, February 7th

  • Some are doing quite well as they have found the right path
  • If you seem a bit confused maybe you should check your math
  • It’s really not that tough as I’m sure you will soon clearly see
  • But you might go in circles if you don’t pick up on the key

Clue #6 – Wednesday, February 6th

  • The medallion might be plastic but it looks just like glass
  • Which could make it tricky to find in the snow or the grass
  • If it wasn’t so cloudy the stars could help light your way
  • As you follow the path to where the treasure does lay
  • The closer you get you’ll need to step away from the trail
  • But don’t stray too far as it may cause your search to fail

Clue #5 – Tuesday, February 5th

  • It’s been about 45 hours since the big game has been done
  • Your excitement or sadness depends on if your team won
  • Who would expect a bowl game with no touchdowns thrown
  • Now forget about the game and go find a big bowl of your own
  • The medallion location is somewhere in the clues I do pledge
  • Stay focused on your goal if you want to keep your edge

Clue #4 – Monday, February 4th

  • Reading the clues over and over could be very wise
  • When you consider what’s at stake if you find the prize
  • If you choose the right path you will not go astray
  • You’ll be glad to know the medallion is just a few feet away

Clue #3 – Sunday, February 3rd

  • Some clues can be subtle while others are very direct
  • Others might be there simply for a diversionary affect
  • Be careful which portion you let govern your search
  • Focusing on the wrong words could put you in a lurch
  • Every clue has something about the medallion location
  • Just find the right words that lead you to the destination

Clue #2 – Saturday, February 2nd

  • Jefferson has been the hiding spot for two years back to back
  • The repeat was deemed necessary to keep the hunters off track
  • This year it would be wise to take a walk with a watchful eye
  • If you follow the right path the medallion will be very nearby

Clue #1 – Friday, February 1st

  • We’re back once again for our annual winter tradition
  • The 15th winter medallion hunt has begun on public land
  • Finding the prize could help your dreams come to fruition
  • Because possession of the medallion will give you a cool grand

15th 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 listed 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!


2019 Medallion Hunt Blog Entries

February 10, 7:11 a.m. — The Rapscallion(s) is a genius, but so are the detective-minded hunters who deciphered the clues that led them (presumably) to the right place.

Prediction: When folks find out, maybe today, what the clues mean, they are going to say, “OH. Wow. Of Course.” Then they are going to think deeper and say, “No Way! How did the Rapscallions pull that off?” Folks are going to laugh, scratch their heads, go back and re-read the clues, and say no way no way no way.

Folks are going to say the Rapscallions are clever. That will be the understatement of 2019.

February 10, 6:52 a.m. — The sun is about to rise.

Abundant, precious light will fully illuminate a certain area that only the beams of flashlights could a dozen hours ago. Perhaps 20 hunters shoveled away tons of snow in hopes of exposing the little rectangle idol.

But the snow is deeper even than the meanings of the clues. The Rapscallion deposited the Medallion in that vicinity before the official start of the hunt at 6:01 p.m. February 1. Mother Nature began layering snow over it soon after.      

February 9, 2:55 p.m. — Anyone see what happened in the Waseca Medallion Hunt this year? Funny enough, the Waseca Medallion was nabbed after just two clues. Here is the story about the Waseca Medallion in the Waseca County News:  http://www.southernminn.com/waseca_county_news/news/article_d63c886c-7244-533a-a9e1-d1cf21eb7d2e.html

February 9, 2:30 p.m. — By now, everyone has googled Cluses, right?

February 7, 7:20 p.m. — The good news is, the blizzard is going to go away, and hunters will go about their pursuits based on clue words like path and math and circles and clearly see.

Is it a streetlight/lamp post that gives “clearly see”?

Is “circles” sort of like what crop circles would look like from above?

The Rapscallion is pounding in the hints to “path”. Where are all the paths in town?

And what of all the potential softball and baseball references, if that is what they are?

It seems like the words “govern” and even “direct” should be major clues.  

Good thing this blog is soooo buried, and virtually invisible. It spotlights the tendencies of the Medallion Rapscallion … for anyone who might be interested.

BUT, we know there are hunters who are FAR brighter than the blog.  

February 7, 4:15 p.m. — Can anyone remember a Medallion Hunt year with more inclement weather?

Thanks for enduring the cruel cold, wicked windchills and smothering snows.

Fascinating theories have been advanced as to which public land currently accommodates the clear-plastic-rectangular-paperweight of a Medallion. We say it every year, but to out-fox the Rapscallion, you need to think like the Rapscallion. 

When was the Medallion hidden? Could anyone have seen the Rapscallion(s) hiding the Medallion? What time of day must the Medallion have been hidden? Where was it hidden in the past, and what are the commonalities in the hiding places?

We’ve always posted several pictures of the current Medallion in its natural habitat — actual hiding spots in previous years. We’ll keep doing that. Keep agonizing over the clue words though, because they get more and more specific with each passing day.

Goggle up, Medallion hunters! Watch for the next clue to land on this page at 6:01 p.m. today.   

February 6, 7:04 p.m. — News flash: Clue words like these seem important: Fruition, govern, walk, watchful, eye, path, trail, direct, wise, stray, astray, over and over, stake, 45, big game, no touchdowns, done rhyming with thrown, bowl game, big bowl, goal, edge, glass, grass, cloudy, stars light way, treasure, the closer, step away, trail, and stray.

Hello there, happy hunters, please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Captain Obvious. We’ve heard from a hunter or two claiming they are pretty sure they know which park it’s in. Well, which public property it’s on, to be more precise. So all parks sure qualify.

The danger is falling in love with the wrong place. But, keeping a mind too open saps critical focus.

If we had to pick a favorite/most important word, it would be trail/path. But until the general vicinity is known … let’s just say there are miles and miles of paths and trails in this town. Let’s go ahead and guess it’s a trail made of something more permanent than dirt. Even that is not for sure, though.

The weather, especially the relentless snow, has made things more difficult for the hunters and more friendly for the Medallion Rapscallion. Can’t you just picture the Rapscallion(s) giggling uncontrollably? 

February 2, 6:02 p.m. — “Fruition”.

That word appeared in Clue 1. CLUE 1!

The Medallion Rapscallion, who hides the idol, is messing with us. How bold can they be and get away with it?

Do you think they weren’t laughing at us when, for the 2018 Clue 1, they repeated word-for-word Clue 1 from the 2017 hunt? The Medallion of course was hidden in Jefferson Park in the back-to-back years of 2017 and 2018. Still, it took 10 days — a record — to find it. Within a football field or so from its hiding place in 2017, by the way.

Earlier this month, and even at the mid-point of the month, it looked like the Rapscallion wouldn’t have snow to help conceal the new-style, clear-plastic rectangle-paper-weightish idol.

Find it and claim $1,000 in Chamber Bucks. 

Did Clue 2 get you any closer?

BEAT the Medallion Rapscallion at their own game — sooner rather than later!


2018 Medallion Hunt Clue Meanings

Dylan Evenson and Montana Weisgerber found the 2018 Medallion at 6:40 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018 in Jefferson Park near the tunnel after Clue #10 during the Super Bowl. It was the second year in a row the Medallion was hidden in Jefferson Park.

Shattering the suspense, here are the 2018 Medallion Hunt clue meanings from the Medallion Rapscallion(s) …

  • Clue #1 – 
    A new hunt for great treasure has begun today,
    Keeping the search on public land is the only way.
    The medallion has found a nice place to rest,
    Check out a St. Peter map and give it your best. (Same Clue #1 as last year; hint that medallion was hidden in the same park in back-to-back years.)
  • Clue #2 —
    Where in this great city can the treasure be hidden?
    Remember that searching on private land is strictly forbidden.
    The medallion is out there somewhere to be found,
    Just have fun with the search like kids on a playground. (Gorman Park and Jefferson Park both have playgrounds. There were several commonalities with the two parks.)
  • Clue #3–
    Every clue helps reveal where the disc is hidden away, (“Hidden” refers back to Clue #1, so it’s a repeated word to give the hint of repeated park.)
    Just find which words are relevant each and every day.
    Read everything over carefully like those who practice law, (Thomas Jefferson loved books; library near Gorman Park has books. Willis Gorman and Thomas Jefferson both practiced law.)
    Or you won’t find the medallion until the spring thaw.
  • Clue #4–
    Nearly 20 years have passed
    Since the winds hit us at our core, (the 1998 tornado damaged both Gorman Park and Jefferson Park.)
    But by the good grace of God we came back stronger than before. (Grace Slick was lead singer of Jefferson Airplane – this hint was also given in a 2017 clue. Gorman Park is along Grace Street and in the area of two churches.)
    Read up on your local history (Refers to Thomas Jefferson’s love of books and to the library being adjacent to Gorman Park. Local history reminds us that the tornado hit both Jefferson Park and Gorman Park.)
    And the prize you will score. (Ball diamonds exist in both Gorman Park and Jefferson Park.)
  • Clue #5–
    Sweet Martha’s cookies are popular at the state fair, (Martha was the name of Thomas Jefferson’s wife and of Willis Gorman’s wife.)
    But the fair is in August, so the disc can’t be there.
    You might want to look near a place to play ball, (Gorman Park has a ballfield; the adjacent community center has basketball courts indoors; Jefferson Park has ballfields.)
    But reading a good book might be a better call. (Refers to library adjacent to Gorman Park; and to Thomas Jefferson’s obsession with books.)
  • Clue #6 – 
    Research is something that will help with your quest, (The library is a good place to do research.)
    Historically speaking it keeps you ahead of the rest.
    Last year we suggested you consult an old sage, (Thomas Jefferson’s nickname was Sage of Monticello. This hint was given in a 2017 clue too.)
    This year you should study the words on the page. (Thomas Jefferson’s obsession with books.)
  • Clue #7 – 
    The thirst for knowledge is why many people read, (Jefferson loved to read; the library is near Gorman Park.)
    But obsession for books is where it can lead. (Again, Jefferson was obsessed with books, and the library is close to Gorman Park.) 
    The same can be said for the medallion hunt payday,
    Take a second look and the clues will show the way. (Take a second look because it’s the second year in the same park.)
  • Clue #8 – 
    Everyone should have a hobby that is full of fun,
    Without such a passion life would be humdrum.
    For many, the only hobby is finding a good game to play, (Softball fields in Jefferson Park.)
    While, “I cannot live without books” is what others will say. (Quote is attributed to Thomas Jefferson. It was meant to put hunters in Jefferson Park, and away from Gorman Park.)
  • Clue #9 – 
    Singles, doubles and triples can give your fans a grin, (Ballfields.)
    But a walk off home run will secure your team the win. (Beyond the outfield fence. Way out there.)
    You may need to ask whether the shot was foul or fair, (It was difficult to tell if the medallion was hidden in fair or foul territory beyond the fence because it was close to the imaginary line extended from a foul pole.)
    Check beyond the fence as the disc is way out there. (Again, beyond the outfield fence. Way out there.)
  • Clue #10 – 
    Even if you think your search has hit a big snag,
    There is no reason for you to raise the white flag. (In close proximity to a flag pole.)
    Decipher all the clues and you will be home free,
    The light at the end of the tunnel is there to see. (At an end of the Jefferson Park tunnel.)
  • Clue #11 – The medallion was found just after Clue #10 was released. This would have been Clue #11:
    By the hillside is where you need to look, (Hill alongside tunnel.)
    The medallion is right there in its snowy nook. (Under the snow.)
    Follow the railing to the bottom of the hill, (A railing exists alongside the tunnel.)
    Dig through the snow and you will get a big thrill. (Again, under the snow.)