South Saint Paul Kaposia Days Medallion Found By Coolerhead

The South Saint Paul Kaposia Days medallion was found by Kitch on June 20, 2006. His prize? A 24" Sony flat screen TV. Way to go, Kitch!

Hunting Legend Kirk Condie

Two-time treasure finder and medallion hunt icon Kirk Condie passed away last week at age 57 of a heart attack. A memorial service will be held at Lakewood Cemetery on Friday at 2pm, with a visitation at 1:30pm.

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Coolerheads Find Two City Medallions

Congratulations to me2 and ThoseMedallingKids on their recent hunt finds. Me2 found the North Saint Paul Snow Frolics medallion on Feb. 9, 2006, and turned it in for $400 in Snow Frolics dollars. TMK turned in the Coon Rapids Snowflakes Days Medallion on Feb. 19, 2006. It ended up being worth $350 in cash for him.

Zeph's Coming Home For Good

Friday night we need to be at the Hastings Armory at 7:00 P.M. (unless things change) if you wish to see them get bused in from Wisconsin. Don't know if they will end up at a bar to celebrate afterwords or if they just want to get home or what. Would be nice if they see a lot of people waiting for their return to MN though.

Sunday at 3 P.M. at the Hastings high school is an awards ceremony and official welcome home. Food will be served afterwords.

As for how to get there and how long it will take, see these links: Hastings Armory, and Hastings high school At the top of the map click on "to here" and you can put in where you are coming from to get directions and length of time to get there.

If all goes as planned) there will be an award ceremony on Sunday, Sept. 18th at 3 p.m. at the Hastings, MN high school. It is off of Hwy 55 behind the new Wal-Mart in Hastings. Here is a link to a map Hastings High School Click on the "to here" link on top of the map and enter your address for directions on how to get there.

Aug 31, 2005

At last report from Mrs. Zephy, he's scheduled to be home around the 16th of September. Stay tuned for more details!

Discussion Board Update

The Cooler Crew Forum at AbleMinds it is. Kitch allowed his WowBB site to expire, and I've disabled the phpbb site I had here, although the database and all its contents still exist. Who knows if and when it might be necessary again.

Update: 13 June 2005

A forum has been established at PeoplesForum's hosting provider, AbleMinds. This will likely end up being the permanent discussion home of the Cooler Crew

Updated 7 June 2005

According to the notice at, pf is likely going to be down all day. Check out one of the sites linked to below for alternatives.

3 June 2005

Given that is on its last legs (for those that don't know, the hosting provider of the site is planning on shutting it down come the end of June), updates will be placed here throughout the month as to where the discussion board will be moved to, and what software will be used for the site. If anyone has any suggestions for discussion board software or hosting sites, by all means, let me know, especially if the discussion board does end up here. Personally, I'm partial to the phpbb software. Kitch has suggested the WowBB software.

Rest assured that I've gone about archiving everything that we had at peoplesforum, and am planning on dumping it all into a database for future reference. (quite possibly, the old archives will be split up on a post by post basis and dumped into this same database). Until that time, THX has gathered everything from shoot the breeze and the medallion hunt threads in their HTML glory that can be used for archival purposes.

Eighth Annual Rehash Bash

One hundred folks, give or take a few, gathered at Crosby Lake Park for the eighth annual Rehash Bash to put another Winter Carnival Medallion Hunt to rest. There were the familiar faces and some new to the Cooler Crew as well.

This year’s finders were kind enough to show people where the prized medallion was found. Seems everyone was within feet of it at one time or another during the hunt. Does this mean the Crew is getting closer? Maybe next year, the Cooler Crew will prevail.

Food for this year’s Bash included sloppy Joe medallions, meatballs, goulash, dips, chips, almond bark, cakes, cookies, salads, desserts and hors d’ouerves of all kinds. No one should have left hungry. The Crew does know how to throw a party!

KT saw to it that there were clever, clue-related door prizes again this year. Thanks to Mikey who donated the digging tool, OTS & Pay me for donating the GI Zephy, and KT’s hubby for making the "golden pick". Others brought wood for the fire so we could stay warm. Thanks for making these gatherings so successful. Your contributions are treasured and made this event memorable.

This year’s hunt was marked by the Crew with a special tribute to Zephy who is currently serving in Iraq. During the past two weeks, he joined the Crew at the Pre-Dig Gig, his likeness has been on WCCO news, on the front page of the Pioneer Press paper, out hunting, being knighted, in a parade and even had February 5, 2005 proclaimed his special day in the City of St. Paul by Mayor Randy Kelly. Zephy celebrated with us again at the Rehash Bash. Pictures of these two weeks can be found within the pages of this website. Be sure to check them out. Special thanks go to Zephy’s family for allowing us to share this special time with them. Jason and Sue Michaelson (Ares and Treasure Chest) arranged for many of the events and took care of Zephy in their home. Thanks for being top-notch hosts and chauffeurs! You did the Cooler Crew proud!

2005 Medallion Found....

The medallion was found by Judy Melville, her son Ryan Melville, and her son-in-law Hayward Estepp, under the bark of a large fallen tree branch in the Crosby Farm Nature Area. The clues and explanations have been posted in the 2005 medallion hunt section.

2005 Pre-Dig Gig Recap

Cooler Crew at the 2005 Pre-Dig Gig

Saturday, January 22, 2005 brought us to the 7th Annual Pre-Dig Gig at Patrick McGovern’s. During the course of the evening, roughly 125 hunters came and went. Some were brand new to this experience and others hunting longer than some would like to remember. Stories, hunt memories, predictions, and friends both old and new were sprinkled throughout the lower level of McGovern’s. A main topic of conversations fun to listen in on were the reactions to the first showings of No Time For Cold Feet which premiered at the Bell Museum earlier in the day.

A special “attendee” at this year’s gathering was a soldier currently serving in Iraq. Several of Zeph’s family were in attendance and we delighted in their willingness to share the treasure chest and King Boreas certificate Zeph’s Grandfather found during the 1954 hunt at Hidden Falls. A pictorial account of Zeph’s continued participation in the hunt can be found through links on this Cooler Crew site.

Mom and Dad had this year’s Cooler Crew commemorative buttons, Big G had These clues suck window clings, Steve Worthman had the 3rd edition of the Treasure Hunters Guide and Mr. Med Hunter had his new Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt History for sale. Thanks to THX-1138 for supplying nametags. If you missed the opportunity to purchase a button, window cling, or either of the two new books, there will be more opportunities to get your collectibles from these creative folks during the hunt and at the Rehash Bash. Mr. Med Hunter will be appearing at the Pioneer Press lobby autographing his book one evening during the hunt.


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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