Do these guys ever quit?

Not likely, but the Crew is now up to 5 finds in 2012. In addition to Barefootguy and Diggorius Rex's Hugo find, and Cluey and me2's White Bear Lake and Cottage Grove finds, Cluey and me2 are also the happy finders of the Little Canada and New Brighton medallions as well. Total winnings for the group: something on the order of $2125. Not bad, crew. Not bad.

Cooler Crew has 3 finds in 2012

The Cooler Crew has found the treasure medallions in 3 of thes festival hunts in 2012. Barefootguy and Diggorious Rex found the Hugo Good Neighbor Days Spike on June 10 near Clearwater Creek, while Me2 (and she insists Clue Master, but everyone else knows otherwise, something about keeping score on total finds) found the Cottage Grove Strawberry Fest Medallion in Hamlet Park on June 16. Cluey followed that up 5 days later on the 21st by snatching up the White Bear Lake Manitou Days medallion just north of the historic depot.

Come on Crew, let's keep up the good work and pick up a majority of these suckers this summer!

2012 Allison Wonderland Mock Hunt Kickoff

2012 Allison Wonderland Mock Hunt Kickoff
Saturday March 3, 2012
Gabe's By the Park
6:00pm gathering, 6:30pm clue release

From the white rabbit:

The deed is done.

You have maybe 20 hours to find the medallion. Should you decide to wait for the clues, you will have to dig through the snow.

The Allison Wonderland Mock Hunt is starting this Saturday! It will kick off with a party at Gabe's by the Park at 6pm. Clues will be released nightly at 6:30pm.

15th Annual Rehash Bash on February 5th at Tony Schmidt Park

15th Annual Rehash Bash
Potluck
Sunday, February 5, 2012
Lake Johanna - Lakeside Pavilion
11:30 am

Its hard to believe this is the 15th year of doing this. So, after several eyars of being inside due to the cold (and being unable to get the pavilion at Newell like we wanted due to time), we're returnign to our roots and having a February picnic outdoors due to the weather! We're taking over the lakeside pavilion at Tony Schmidt park.

2012 Pioneer Press Medallion found in Tony Schmidt Park

At approximately 2am, Lange Wallgren, of Osseo, found the 2012 Pioneer Press medallion in Tony Schmidt Park in Arden Hills. Lange will split the prize money with four other co-finders, Nate Buck of Cottage Grove and Corey Hargreaves of New Brighton,as well as Coolerheads Alex Valen of North Oaks and past finder Jake Ingebrigtson of St. Paul. The five had a gentlemen's agreement set up before the find to split the prize if they found it. It took the group 11 clues and hours of digging in Tony Schmidt to find the medallion and bring home $10,000.

Details of the hunt can be found here.

As always a rehash bash is in the works. Come back to the front page of coolercrew.com when they're available.

Coolerheads on the News

WCCO interviewed a bunch of Coolerheads at the ABB on January 18. The stories will be featured on the January 20 morning news show, once in the 5am hour and once in the 6am hour, and possibly on Saturday morning. A separate story on Rob and Jake is planned for January 23, while one about Clue Master and his "tools" is planned for later in the week if the hunt goes that far. We'll be updating this story with the video links as they are posted.

New Twists on the Treasure Hunt for 2012

This year there are some interesting new twists on the Treasure Hunt.

For starters, the Pioneer Press is giving away the medallion used in the past 5 treasure hunts as a contest prize. We all have a chance to own a real piece of treasure hunt history.

Second, we all know about the move to Gabe's for the official release of the nightly newspaper. The newspaper will be released at 11:30 each night at Gabe's by the Park at Lexington and Energy Park Drive near Como Park. The clues will be available online at 11:30pm, with a special "scrambled" version available online one hour earlier each night.

Finally, 1000 miniature medallions will be hidden in Parks in Ramsey County. each of these medallions is good for free admission to the "Real Pirates" exhibit at the Science Museum, which opens on February 18.

Details can be found at the Pioneer Press.

2012 Treasure Hunt Clues To Be Released at Gabe's

From the "Didn't See That One Coming" Deparment, we just learned that Mr. Goodhue has decided that instead of releasing the clues at the Pioneer Press building, they will be released at Gabe's By The Park this year. It was announced on an update to a recycled story/video from the 2010 hunt. We don't know yet what this will mean for nightly pre- and post-clue gatherings or whether this is going to be a permanent change or just temporary as the Central Corridor construction is in progress. We'll see and keep you posted here.

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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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