Attention treasure hunters: Spike has been found in Frog Hollow Park.
The Golden Spike is back in a Hugo city park, just in time for summer! Please note: the hunt officially begins at 8 a.m. Thursday, June 6, with the online posting of Clue #4. Hope your family joins in on the fun!
• The first three treasure hunt clues were published in The Citizen’s May 23 edition, on our website (www. readthecitizen.com) and in the 2019 Good Neighbor Days insert in The Citizen’s June 6 edition. These clues are informational in nature only. The hunt officially begins at 8 a.m. Thursday, June 6, with the posting of Clue #4, and not before.
• A new clue will be posted on The Citizen’s website (www.readthecitizen.com) during Good Neighbor Days, two times daily Thursday through Saturday, June 6-8, one at approximately 8 a.m. and one at approximately 5 p.m. each day. The final clue will be posted at approximately 8 a.m. Sunday, June 9. (If you’re parked on our website, don’t forget to hit the refresh button to update the page!) Clues will be posted online only.
• The Citizen reserves the right to discontinue the hunt at any time if public property is destroyed. Shovels are not needed to find Spike.
• If you find the Golden Spike, immediately call the Spike Hotline (651-407-1224) to report where it was found and to qualify for a $100 instant cash prize. The Citizen will also award an additional $500 in cash to the Spike finder. No purchase is necessary to win, nor is it necessary to complete a “Golden Ticket” to win the cash prizes.
• The Citizen will also award $100 in gift cards or certificates good at area businesses to the Spike finder if he/she has a completed “Golden Ticket” form officially stamped by all of the individual sponsors of the 2019 Hunt for the Golden Spike. Copies of the Golden Ticket forms may be clipped from the May 23 edition of The Citizen, from the Good Neighbor Days insert, or downloaded from The Citizen’s website (www.readthecitizen.com). • Official sponsors are: City of Hugo, 14669 Fitzgerald Ave. N, Hugo; Hawaiian Tan (Hugo or Forest Lake) 14643 Mercantile Dr. N, Suite 107, Hugo, or 1500 Lake St. S., Forest Lake; Hugo American Legion, 5383 140th St. N., Hugo; Hugo Equipment Company, 13997 Forest Blvd. N., Hugo; and Wiseguys Pizza & Pub, 7095 20th Ave., Centerville. • If Spike is not found by noon on Sunday, June 9, all prize money and gift certificates will be donated to the Hugo Good Neighbors Food Shelf. • The completed Golden Ticket and the Golden Spike must be submitted to hunt organizers no later than 5 p.m. Sunday, June 9, and at the same time the instant cash prize is awarded. Late Golden Tickets will not be accepted. • If the Spike finder does not have a completed Golden Ticket, the gift certificates will be donated to the Hugo Good Neighbors Food Shelf. • 2019 Spike hunt maps are ava ilable from official sponsors while supplies last, and a digital copy may be found on The Citizen’s website. PLEASE NOTE: Spike is NOT hidden on private property.
• All contestants agree that The Citizen, Press Publications, the Hugo Lions Club and their respective affiliate companies, parents, subsidiaries, advertising representatives and agents will have no liability whatsoever, and will be held harmless by contestants of any injuries, losses or damages of any kind resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from acceptance, possession, misuse or use of the prizes or participation in this contest.
• Except where legally prohibited, by accepting the prize the winner grants permission for The Citizen, Press Publications and those acting under its authority to use his or her name, photograph and/or likeness for advertising and/or publicity.
• All contest rules and decisions are final. Employees of Press Publications and their immediate family members are not eligible to win. For a list of winners, write to The Citizen, 4779 Bloom Ave., White Bear Lake, MN 55110 and enclose a stamped, self- addressed envelope.
Good Neighbor Days is almost here!
That festival we all hold dear
Marks summer’s start each passing year.
Through cold and snow and rain and wind,
Spring’s damp grip has slipped again
And as the month of May adjourns,
The Hunt for the Golden Spike returns!
Spike is very likely hidden
Where bicycles are often ridden
Or somewhere in a city park.
See all eighteen; you’ll have a lark!
Treasure hunts all have their rules;
This one bans all shovels and tools
And sets forth this one demand:
Confine your search to public land.
So, if you venture out to look,
You’re asked to play it “by the book.”1
1Complete rules, including when clues will be posted, are available at www.readthecitizen.com and will be printed in the Citizen’s June 6 Good Neighbor Days newspaper insert.
Thirty-six square miles are Hugo’s measure —
A snag, when hunting hidden treasure.
Trails and open space to play in —
Smart Spike hunters use maps to weigh in.
(Some show boundaries to stay in!
20/20’s better than hindsight.
Check out Hugo’s city website!2)
2 Pick up your official Hunt for the Golden Spike map at sponsors’ places of business while supplies last, or download one from www.readthecitizen.com; additional excellent maps are available at www.ci.hugo.mn.us.
Only at Hugo’s annual bash
Can you change a gold peg into cash.
Years past, a train ran right through town.
The Spike hunt brings that history ‘round.
One by one, each clue apprises.
A careful hunter synthesizes,
On a single-minded mission:
To leap past the competition.
Who’ll find ‘Ol Spike, take home the green
For GND 2019?
Calaveras County’s ties
To where the Golden Spike now lies
Are noted here. But there’s no need
For soggy feet. Are we agreed?
And on one point we must expound:
Keep your quest on public ground.
Consider the product, six by nine
And double naught: you’ll do just fine.
But if this quest throws you some shade,
Check out a pretty southern glade.
Rough winds did shake the buds of May,
The park where children like to play,
And the bogs of Family Ranidae.
Now Finley Bay helps point the way
To where Spike lies concealed, unseen
Sheltered in a white birch screen.