Jamin Tayor found the horseshoe tonight in the most northern part in the most northern park in town. Thus all the John North references. Jamin used just three clues to figure it all out. He has been hunting on and off all day in Hauberg Park, which is a 38-acre woods but has a groomed trail throughout. As told in the first clue, it was just off the beaten path deep into the park. The farthest you can go.
While I’ve had my eye on this park for quite awhile, it was not one, but two articles in the Northfield News this summer on Hauberg Woods Park.  One of the articles about the new limestone memorial bench is here.
Thanks to everyone who started the big 20th Anniversary Horseshoe Hunt trash clean up and sending me pics.  Check the pics at the bottom here. While Jamin and his family really were all over these clues, and I’m happy for them, I gotta admit, I was hoping we’d get to Sunday and introduce more people to this absolute gem of a park that no one knows about. I don’t advise going deep deep into this woods in the middle of the night as I had to though.
I found a whole study online about this wilderness. It includes a rare geological feature called a “Rich Fen” which is hot springs with a pH higher than 5.5. This allows a very unit bog growth around the pond area.
Again, I can’t tell you how much I look forward to this each year and maybe one day, I’ll retire so I can hunt with everyone. However, I enjoy being the person who can hold onto the coveted shoe for about 360 days of the year. AND, now Jamin joins the 20 “winners” that have been able to have a look at the backside of the shoe to read the engraving meant only for that 1 winner a year.
Clue 1
The founding father gave us clues, like stay close to the path
He settled on this field of green so industry would last
He wanted schools and did he get, 2 schools alike in ways
Upon the hills, the “learn-ed” walk through town then rest a day
Founding relates to John North….Northfield, the park in the north of town.  The woods are big, so I’m telling you, I won’t put it too far off the path. “Field” (farm/bog/land) is definitely green and “industry” relates to the Dan Patch train line runs through the property. The Latin American teaching professor Dr. Clifford “Cliff” Hauberg bought this woods in 1947 from the University of Minnesota, where he obtained his PHD. But these 2 schools/colleges, are “alike” (TWINS). The path behind the TWIN homes. This education reference also was meant to aim you between the 2 colleges and behind the Twin Homes. The “Hills” refers to colleges and through the middle is half way, where this park is. And resting, once walking into this woods, brings you to the new bench, so you can rest.
Clue 2
John loved this town, seasons abound, in fall he couldn’t skate
But frosty winters, he would read, about matters of state
When springtime came, so rich with game, side by side they’d wait
for summer grass, keep off out back and return in time or pay
This clue is jam packed with clues.  So many it made me nervous.
John North (founder of Northfield) couldn’t ice skate. There’s just a bog, no pond or anywhere to skate out here. But “frosty” is in reference to Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” where he comes to a split in the path and must make a decision, much like what one comes upon in this park. “Read” guides you to a “little library” (green one) near the entrance to this park. “Matters of state” is a reference to politics or government. And the land was bought from the University of MN state college. There are many roads North of town named after local politicians like Quie, Rolvaag and Thye.
While using “rich” (Rich Fen, Hot Springs), I could also use “game” as I saw many birds in this bog when I walked the path’s this summer doing my research. Side-by-side compounds on yesterdays 2 alike, leading to the twin-homes along the adjacent trail.
Right before the park’s path enters the woods there’s a back yard with 2 signs.  “Keep off the grass” and “Private property”. Returning in time to pay is again pointing to the “little library” and libraries having late fees. Jamin pointed out that his “paying” was all of the deep-woods mosquito bites he obtained.
Clue 3
When North stepped off he saw just trees, no limestone cliffs or seas
He needed rest, the long trip mess, the traveler’s road went deep
He wanted woods to farm his goods, but thorny bear hug the reeds
He bought some land, resources he had, under lock and key
Today’s clue is all about the Hauberg Woods Park.  John North (go as far North as you can), seeing trees. There’s a newly dedicated limestone bench right inside the park and Haubergs name was Clifford. Next to the bench is a plaque with the words “The Traver’s Rest” on it. This is on a long path where the west side is somewhat wet and close to a bog. You are to go deep into this park to find it.  All the way in and to the back. Just a few feet off the path.
The Haubergs initially bought this land as their farm. 52 original acres and 38 were donated to the city of Northfield in 2001. This park is full of Buck Thorne and it is cut back by volunteers once a year.
Now…Bear-hug is an anagram of Hauberg. There are reeds all along the hot spring towards the front of the park.
Haubergs buying land, the wildlife and natural resources in this park go back millions of years. Lockwood is one of the main streets that lead to the front of this park.
There you go.  Thanks again.