17th Annual Rehash Bash

17th Annual Rehash Bash
Potluck
Sunday, February 2, 2014
Noon-3pm
Newell Park - Pavilion

The 2014 Rehash Bash will be held in the Pavillion building at Newell Park once again. Show up, bring a dish to share. There are already plans for lots of treats themed around this year's hunt, so show up hungry!

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2013 Diggorius Rex Treasure Hunt Kick Off

The Original Gabe's By The Park
Saturday October 19, 2013
5:30 start, 6:00pm clue release
991 Lexington Pkwy N
St Paul, MN 55108

Announcing a new 12 clue hunt brought to you by Diggorius Rex and David Ng

An October Hunt starting next Saturday October 19th.
Bonus - The Finder will get to keep the medallion!
Similar to previous mock hunts, there are two ways to play.

The All Star Break, as It Were

We've reached the halfway point of the summer hunting season. The Cooler Crew has picked up a pair of medallions. Coldest Hunter snagged Roseville, and Matt Koskie grabbed Cottage Grove. Way to go guys! Nine hunts are down, and not all of them without controversy. Columbia Heights had the brick-breaking problem to ultimately get to the medallion in Judge Wargo Court. The Blaine hunt lasted only a single clue which was taken down fromt he web site before any of us knew what it was. C'est la vie though, right?

The good news is that there are still a lot more hunts out there for us to get. So crew, lets get out there and find them!

2013 Summer Hunting Season Kicks Off Today

With the release of the first three clues for the 2013 Hugo Good Neighbor Days Search For Spike, the 2013 hunting season is officially under way. Having found six of the summer festival medallions last year, and being more organized and determined this year, we are in a position to capture even more festival treasure this summer. At this time, we know of 14 cities having treasure hunts this summer with prizes ranging from $100 to $1500 depending on the hunt. To help keep tabs on the hunts, we've added a block to the right hand side of this page called "Today's Events" which shows whatever events are in our site calendar that are going on today.

Let's go Cooler Crew and capture some treasure!

2013 Allison Wonderland Mock Hunt Kickoff Party

The Original Gabe's By The Park
Saturday March 2, 2013
5:30 start, 6:00pm clue release
991 Lexington Pkwy N
St Paul, MN 55108

More from the white rabbit:

Announcing the 2013 Allison Wonderland Mock Hunt

From the White Rabbit:

I have to admit that when it comes to being creative, nothing inspires me so much as seeing something done badly.  Consequently this year's clues and explanations have me quite inspired to get started with writing clues for the Mock Hunt.  So with that said, let's go ahead and set the date for Saturday, March 2nd.  The first clue will come out at 6:00pm that nightand be released, once a day, every day at 6:00pm until the end.
 
There are two ways to play.  One is to be a registered hunter which costs $10.  If you are registered and you find it, you will win the whole prize which I estimate will be around $500 this year.  You can also hunt for free, but then if you win, you get just $100 and the remaining registration money will carry over to the next hunt (which is what happened last year).
 
So if this hunt left you wanting for a better puzzle to solve, I encourage you to keep in touch and watch this message board over the next month.

Closing out 15 years: the 2013 Rehash Recap

What a way to close out a milestone year for the Cooler Crew! Coincidence or not, after a slew of red herrings from the clue writer, we ended up digging back in the birthplace of the Crew -- well, the in-person birthplace of the Crew anyway -- Cherokee Heights Park. Of course things have changed since those early days. After two weeks out in the frozen tundra, we've decided to wimp out for the rehash, and nowdays have it indoors, typically in the shelter at Newell Park, and this year was no different.

Just as with the Predig, we met a lot of new friends, and welcomed back some old ones. After a years-long hiatus, KT returned and assumed co-MC responsibilities with Redbear. Those two just make a great comedic team when it comes to justifying which door prizes go to which winner. This year's door prizes were rounded out with plenty of PP swag, rightfully "acquired"  from the press conference and winner's party at Gabe's (and from the Vulcan Victory Dance the night before), along with the requisite clue-related prizes: a copy of Joel Barker's Paradigm book, plenty of Vinyl from the band "Head East" and Bing Crosby, and DVDs of the "movie" Mashed Rice, er, Archimedes, and crazy food items like Yellow Mashed Rice, Morton Salt, and Little Debbie Honey Buns.

16th Annual Rehash Bash

16th Annual Rehash Bash
Potluck
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Newell Park - Pavilion

Once again, after the fiasco last year with the weather not being as cooperative as it was supposed to, we're returning to an indoor venue to commiserate the end of the annual hunt. Join us at Newell on February 3 at 11am, and bring a dish to share!

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Cooler Crew -- A History

During the 1990's, the St Paul Pioneer Press opened online discussion forums. These forums were called Water Coolers. The forums had discussion topics related to sports, politics, news, and current events. Each year, the Pioneer Planet — the online section of the Pioneer Press — opened a discussion forum as a media for hunters to discuss the clues for the Winter Carnival Medallion Hunt.

During the earlier years, one might find a few hundred posts during the hunt. As more hunters had computers, those numbers jumped. From 1997 to 1998, the number of posts increased from the hundreds to the 5-digit thousands. It was during the 1998 hunt the Cooler Crew was born.

The community spirit and teamwork displayed in the Pioneer Press Medallion Hunt thread was inspiring. The group of hunters found themselves at the end of a hunt not wanting to let go of new friendships and the camaraderie found on the Water Cooler board. The idea emerged to do what anyone would do in the middle of winter in Minnesota. A picnic in Cherokee was planned - the first Rehash Bash!

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