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Clues explained: What did 3 clues reveal? Plenty -- if you were paying attention

Woodbury resident Jennifer Wenshau dug out the 2013 Woodbury Days medallion after just three clues. Did she get lucky? Or was she spot on?

Here are the clues and what they meant.

Day 1

Woodbury Days begins in but a week

Until then, there is treasure you may seek

So where does the medallion reside?

Begin thinking of areas

Where public spaces collide

Meaning: The reference to public places colliding is the key to this clue. The medallion was stashed almost exactly where Royal Oaks Elementary and Chippewa Park meet up.

Day 2

If you’re looking for direction

Consider last year’s election

East or west -- the location could be either

Instead, search grounds of Ward’s

And not what’s covered by Kieffer

Meaning: We thought we’d see how politically aware this year’s hunters were. Ward – Rep. JoAnn Ward, that is – represents House District 53A, which includes a chunk of western Woodbury. Rep. Andrea Kieffer represents the rest. That eliminated approximately three-quarters of the city from your hunting grounds.

Day 3

Our winner will be crowned

When the treasure is found

Coming up short?

Here’s where we hold court:

Scour the ground

If you want it to be found

Meaning: “Crowned” is the critical item buried in this clue, where “scour the ground” might appear to be the primary reveal. We were leading you to the area around Royal Oaks – specifically, Queens Drive. Later, we hoped “court” would lead hunters toward the tennis courts; the medallion wasn’t far from there.

Unreleased clues

Day 4

The weekend has passed without a find

We hope a local park was on your mind

Need more help on the way to the loot?

Follow the upcoming parade route

Meaning: This clue was just as literal as it appears. The Woodbury Days parade route takes you right past Chippewa Park. (For sticklers, the Woodbury High School homecoming parade – also technically “upcoming” – also traverses a similar route.)

Day 5

Regal trees are the key in this quest

Landmarks are important, too

And this one may be best:

Medallion is nearest to people

Who have a good view of a steeple

Meaning: Now we would have been getting to the point of helping those still lost. Regal trees? Royal Oaks. Of course. As for the steeple: it would have been obscured by the school at other possible hiding spots in Chippewa, but not for those bearing down on the tree.

Day 6

Chippewa Park may be tiny

But there are many spots good for hiding

If you’ve sought shelter from the skies

You’re almost on top of the prize

Meaning: You’re in the park, you’re close to the medallion, so we would have needed to get hungry hunters even closer. The arbor vitae was next to the covered pavilion shelter.

Day 7

Woodbury Days is nearly upon us

So it’s time to make this tidy

The medallion hides

Beneath an arbor vitae

Meaning: Self explanatory.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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