RIP Santa Dave

Santa Dave at the first annual Cooler Crew predig.

Santa Dave at the first annual Cooler Crew predig.

"Santa" Dave Young passed away last night in the presence of many of his Cooler Crew Friends.

Terry Valentine eulogized him quite nicely, so I'm taking the liberty of stealing what she wrote for the site:

Being as sleep is alluding me, I thought I could share some information and memories of our friend Dave Young over the past 10 years.

He was raised on a farm near Brewster, MN. We know he has a sister still living in that area along with aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He still owned farm land that he rented out. He spent most holidays with a niece back in Brewster and always bragged about her cooking.

He was married once. He never had children.

He was a ham radio operator and a licensed pilot. He loved the State fair, the medallion hunt, micro napping, working on computers, and any gathering that involved a good dinner and people he liked being with.

If you went anywhere with him, it wasn't long and he'd run into someone he knew. He had a very long list of friends.

Almost without fail, when you said goodbye at the end of a time together or on the phone, his last words were "have fun!". That was his philosophy and there wasn't much of anything he wouldn't try if it sounded like fun.

2007 Rehash Bash at

The 10th Annual Rehash Bash is going to take place this Sunday,
February 4th starting at noon. Traditionally this has been a picnic in
the park the medallion was found in. However, because of the extreme
cold expected that day, we have decided instead to move it indoors.
That way we can enjoy each other's company and the pleasures of the
potluck for a lot longer and without having to suffer frostbite. So
bring the kids, bring something for the potluck, and bring your
treasure hunting memories.

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.

Five mice hidden in Twin Cities Worth $1,000 a piece, Minnesota's premier online community has hidden five computer mice in "strategic, public locations around the Twin Cities Metro area", each of which is worth $1,000.

Two of them have been turned in, three of them still remain. They're posting clues every morning at 9AM through Halloween.

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.


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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