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You may be wondering why I have included the rules from 1979. Well, I wanted to see if the boundaries (ie Ramsey County) were specified for this hunt or why this hunt was so unique. What I found out is that the boundaries were often not included in the rules in previous years. When time allows I will spend some time finding out when Ramsey County was written into the rules for the first time.



The 1999 treasure hunt had a $10,000 prize in honor of the 150th anniversary of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.



The most noticeable change for this year is the $2,500 prize for turning in the newspaper clippings of the new clues. This year's prize is $10,000 in celebration of the Millenium.



The most noticeable change for 2002 is the addition of $1,200 in Cub gift cards and the $500 and $300 Gift Card drawings. Thanks to the new sponsor, Cub Foods.



The most noticeable change for this year is the addition of the vacation to Hawaii and the hotel voucher. Thanks to the new sponsor, MLT Worry-Free Vacations.



Only minor noticeable changes for this year. The vacation from MLT Worry-Free Vacations is no longer in the prize package and the state Capitol grounds, any golf course, Como Zoo and Harriet Island have been eliminated from the search for the medallion.



Only minor noticeable changes again this year. MLT Worry-Free Vacations is once again a sponsor and has provided a Mexican vacation as part of the prize package. The State Capitol grounds, any golf course, Como Zoo and Harriet Island have been eliminated from the search again this year with the addition of "Any Construction Site".



Only minor noticeable changes for this year. The vacation from MLT Worry-Free Vacations is no longer in the prize package and it looks like photo copies and handwritten clues will no longer be accepted..



It looks like photocopies are accepted again. The "Certificate of Eligibility" and "General Release" are new this year. If the winner is a minor they will need their parents or legal guardians signature on the "Certificate of Eligibility" and will also need their parents or legal guardians permission to join in the hunt.

I'd assume that the new rules are a result of last years winners being minors and some tax loopholes that were present in prior years.

Just a note about button registration. The booklet that is attached to your Winter Carnival button states that the registration deadline is Monday, January 22nd and the Official Rules at twincities.com has the deadline as being postmarked by Saturday, January 20th.



It looks like Harriet Island came back into play again this year and they've added "under any skating surface" and "under artificial turf" to the rules. .

Just enough minor changes to the rules to keep a person guessing where they might hide it this year.

Just a note about button registration. The rules state that the official entry form needs to be postmarked and does mention the online registration at all. I will check in with the Pioneer Press and get claification on whether or not the online registration is legit.



Only a few very small wording changes to the rules this year. They are so minor that most people wouldn't even notice.

Just a note about button registration. The rules state that the official entry form needs to be postmarked and does mention the online registration at all. Last year, I checked with the Pioneer Press after this same thing happened and they had no problems accepting the online registrations. I assume that it was just an oversight again this year and you shouldn't have to worry if you registered online. If you want to be sure that there is not a loophole that will disqualify you from the full prize, you might want to mail in your registration card.



Only a few very small wording changes to the rules this year. The most notable change is that Cub Foods has been replaced by Fury Motors as the major sponsor for this event. This also eliminates the Cub Food Gift Cards and the second chance drawing from the prizes.

Just a note about button registration. The Pioneer Press still has not officially included on-line button registration into their rules. I would not expect a problem with on-line button registrations again this year. One of these year's the Pioneer Press will pick up on this and fine tune their rules accordingly.



The only differnece with the rules this year are the dates. They also have moved the registration date to the Friday before the hunt instead of Satruday..

Just a note about button registration. The Pioneer Press still has not officially included on-line button registration into their rules. I would not expect a problem with on-line button registrations again this year. The Pioneer Press will catch this one of these year's.



The only differences to the rules this year are the dates and they have added the words 'or on any' to the artificial turf rule. They also have included the on-line registration and it's deadline to the rules.



The biggest change for 2013 is a New rule in which the actual finder must have a registered Winter Carnival button in order to collect the additional $5000 prize. The Pioneer Press will only recognize one winner and award only one prize. It was also noted that the parent or guardian of a minor claiming the prize will have to have a registered button in order to collect the additional $5000.

I also like that the word PROMPTLY was now capitalized in the rule about turning in the medallion to the Pioneer Press. I doubt that this will change anything about what people will do between the time that the medallion is found until the time that it is actually turned in to the Pioneer Press.

Just a note about button registration. The Pioneer Press rules state that your button needs to be registered by midnight on January 20th, 2013 while the registration card with the button lists the registration deadline as January 18th, 2013. I would register your button early just to be safe.



The rules are basically the same as in 2013. The only notable changes are the dates and they are consistant with what is printed on the Winter Carnival button registration card.


Most Notable Rules Changes through the Years.

  1. They now tell you in the rules that you DO NOT need to destroy public property and that the treasure is hidden in Ramsey County. Back when the treasure hunt first started, these were not in the rules but were usually given to you in the first couple of clues.
  2. From 1952 to 1990 there were two clues per day; one in the AM edition of the Pioneer Press and one in the PM edition of the Dispatch. Now, there is only one clue published per day for twelve days.
  3. The organization called Saintpaulites, Inc. organized the Winter Carnival in 1952 and the Winter Carnival is now organized by the Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation.
  4. The prize money started out as $1100 in 1952, grew to $4000 in the early 1990's and has expanded to $10,000 in 1999.
  5. The bonus prize for having a registered Winter Carnival button was paid by the organization that sponsored the Winter Carnival until 1998. All prize money is now awarded by the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
  6. In 2013 the Pioneer Press added a new rule eliminating the possibility of a group claiming the prize. It will now only recognize one finder and award one prize. The sole winner is now responsible for how they would like to share the prize wih others in their hunting group.