ST. PAUL (WCCO) — The St. Paul Winter Carnival runs through the weekend, but medallion hunters only had one more day to find their frosty booty. And find it they did.

Medallion searchers flooded into St. Paul’s Cherokee Heights Park overnight, based on the 11th out of 12 clues. Word came just before 10 a.m. that the medallion had been found there.

The Pioneer Press confirmed that Lynn Olson-Tuma of St. Paul was the winner of the Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt Medallion and its accompanying $10,000 prize.

“The clue said ‘Nature does as nature wills,’ and I saw the tree grew into the fence,” Lynn said.

Lynn and her husband, Scot, will use the money to buy medicine that isn’t covered by insurance to treat Lynn’s Lyme disease.

The 11th clue read:

The end draws nigh, no time to be wary —
“Hark cheekiest gopher” and not sanctuary.
When “you are here,” you’re in the right place;
The treasure lies near, in an icy embrace.
Don’t trail away from Boreas land.
Search generally east from where you should stand.
If you want to survive, if you want to thrive,
Now is the time to revisit Clue Five.


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