Manitou Days

A summer festival celebrating White Bear Lake!

Did you know....?

  • The medallion was never found in 1997; in fact, the large brass medallion disappeared altogether.  A new plexiglass medallion was commissioned for 1998.

  • The earliest that it has been found under this clue writer was in the year 1996 when two elementary-aged kids found the medallion at Bellaire Park with just five clues.  The longest hunt was in 2004 at Bossard Park; it took all 12 clues.

  • On average, it has taken eight out of the possible ten clues to find the medallion under this clue writer.

  • Children have found or have been part of the finding team over 75% of the hunts, making this a truly family-friendly event.

  • The medallion was supposed to be hidden at Lion’s Park in 2000 but the location was quickly changed when Jan Holtz & Chad O’Leary were caught duct-taping the medallion to the bottom of a picnic bench. 

  • The 2012 medallion was hidden on the night of clue writer Chad O’Leary’s wedding; it was in his pocket during the ceremony and then he and Jan Holtz snuck out of the reception at Manitou Station to place it at the Depot. 

  • The most commonly searched landmark during the Treasure Hunt is the War Memorial on Clark Avenue.  

  • Jack Moser, who helped Burnet Realty agents Jan Raphael and Sandy Espe Sorenson begin the event, wrote the clues for the Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt from 1975-1993.

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