Horseshoe Hunt Explained – 2014

This was our 15th year of the Horseshoe Hunt and I believe that this year included the largest number of people hunting ever, ranging from young kids with their parents to folks from the Twin Cities.  It gives me great pride to do something that gets people out into the core of our city with their families and friends.  I’ve been hiding for 4 years (on the hunt committee for 6) and every year the winner has been accompanies by their family members out there. I spent more time downtown talking to folks this year than ever and that vast majority of those looking were not alone.

A goal of mine when taking on this hiding job was to make it so there were other things to find and not just the 1 big find at the end.  From me placing smaller clues out there via laminated cards in years prior, to using the sidewalk poetry three times per day/clue, I wanted hunters to feel like they’re getting somewhere, like they’ve actually found what I wanted them to that day and can move on to the next piece of the puzzle the next day.  I think this worked well.

Now, the plan was to give 15 letters through 5 days, and add 3 more in the form of “THE” on Saturday if needed to spell out “The Old Safety Center”.  On Saturday I would have provided the number of words and letters per word.  I gave out 12 letters.  Now, the winner, Karen Roback and her daughter found the horseshoe at 10:15am this morning.  She told me that yesterday they were  in the area of the former police station, now the fire station along with her girls.  She said they all worked together to crunch the letters and ironically had come up with the possibility of it being “NFLD Fire Department”.  I didn’t look close enough, but that seems to make sense.  Many were seen not just downtown but in the areas of the Old Memorial Field and the Northfield City Hall. 

Location is always a toughie.  Many parks have had their turn and some a second turn.  Many parks are just too small to provide for a challenge.  This year I choose a spot that seemed unconventional while testing Northfielders on their current events, being as the police had recently moved to their new location.  This was actually the first year I didn’t “scout” the location out before hand as the place was just too public and I would seem out of place walking around the old Safety Center prior to a hunt.  So when I did sneak in to hide the shoe, I had to decide the best hiding spot at that moment.  All I had to help me prepare was Google Street View on Google Maps.

Thanks again to everyone who played this year!

Location / Sidewalk Poem / Letter – Cross-Reference
Day 1. Location 1. Medical Arts Building/KYMN/Gear Resource/Carleton. Letter D
Day 1 Location 2. West side of the Library at foot of the steps. Letter E
Day 1 Location 3. In front of the Archer House- River Inn. Letter F

Day 2. Location 1 High Noon Tattoo/NAG. Letter T
Day 2 Location 2. Tandem Bagels. Letter E
Day 2 Location 3 Ryan Building/Cake Walk/Thrivent. Letter L

Day 3. Location 1 Carlson Capital Mgmt/Was Paulinea’s/Recently had the old wooden patio removed. Letter A
Day 3 Location 2. Mill square/Bridge Square. Letter T
Day 3 Location 3. Monarch/Central block bldg/Rare Pair. Letter E

Day 4. Location 1. Hideaway Coffee House/Swag. Letter N.
Day 4 Location 2. Behind the Law Office building. Landmark Bldg on Grastvedt Ave. Letter Y
Day 4 Location 3. Scriver Building near Quality Bakery side. Letter C

Friday’s would have been R.O.S.

2014 Horseshoe Has Been Found!

Facetune-20140828-1024168847Karen Roback and her daughter found the horseshoe at 10:15am this morning (Thursday) behind the “THE OLD SAFETY CENTER” in the area directly behind the current fire station (City property on 5th and Hwy 3). This area will be host to the firemen’s party/event next week during DJJD as they do every year.

Karen and her family deciphered the sidewalk poems throughout downtown Northfield this week gathering letters and unscrambling them to assist in leading them to this spot.

On Friday (tomorrow) hunters would have received the 3 more letters and Saturday they would receive the “wheel of fortune” like letter/word layout (giving the number of words and total letters in each word) along with the word THE. THE XXX XXXXXX XXXXXX.

Karen has registered her button and will receive the full $900 purse.

DJJD Horse Shoe Hunt 2014 – Clue Four

The letters that make up the name of the hiding spot have been scrambled and you will be given 3 letters of the puzzle through a clue each day. The clues will lead you to locations downtown where you must walk to the cipher near the particular location and gather a particular letter as instructed in each clue.

The Purse is $900 this year thanks to cash donations by E&J Photography, US Federal Credit Union, Professional Pride Realty and Bursch Travel.

CLUE FOUR

Location 1. We’re moving right along! I hope you’re having fun exploring our city and sidewalk poems! When I hid away the shoe, I sat down for some Joe. Then I got up with swagger and left down the road. Find the letter located on line 3, word 5 and letter 3.

Location 2. When you arrive at the hiding spot, you can park in the back. Just look for the Gras near a 136 year Landmark that suffered from cracks. Find the letter located on line 4, word 2 and letter 2.

Location 3. And finally this building, you know the one. Just yell to the hunters, go get your guns. Find the letter located on the bottom line, word 6 and letter 2.

CLUE THREE

Location 1. This building recently had something removed from it. This large structure was used extensively when it was a restaurant in the 90’s. Find the letter located on line 1, word 3 and letter 2

Location 2. This spot in the middle of town has always been a popular talker. Grab a snack and take a break. Seating provided by Schjeldahl. Find the letter located on line 1, word 2 and letter 1

Location 3. Bring a net for this one. Built in 1893, this structure replaced that Dampier House which is where Henry Wheeler was positioned during the 1876 raid. Find the letter located on line 4, word 2 and letter 6

CLUE TWO

Location 1. This cipher lays close to the original 1885 YMCA in Northfield but you’ll need to look High, not at the horseshoe up there, but near the prominent half circles to the south. Find the letter located on line 4 of 7, word 2 and letter 1

Location 2. What was your favorite item at the Ideal Cafe? Work as a pair and you’ll find these two circles. Find the letter located on line 1 of 3, word 2 and letter 2

Location 3. Ryan would be lying if he said this would be a piece of cake. Find the letter located on line 2 of 4, word 3 and letter 1

CLUE ONE

Location 1. This building was built the same year “Jesse James Day” began and was the first Medical Arts building in Rice County. Look on the “mural” side and pass each other on the ground. Find the letter located on line 2 of 5, word 1 and letter 3

Location 2. This public building was constructed by money donated by Andrew Carnegiein the winter of 1908. Look at the bottom on Division. Find the letter located on line 1 of 4, word 2 and letter 5

Location 3. Opened in 1877 this Stuart from Dallas was the second of its kind in Northfield. Find the hot letter located on line 1 of 7, word 4 and letter 1


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DJJD Horse Shoe Hunt 2014 – Clue Three

The letters that make up the name of the hiding spot have been scrambled and you will be given 3 letters of the puzzle through a clue each day. The clues will lead you to locations downtown where you must walk to the cipher near the particular location and gather a particular letter as instructed in each clue.

The Purse is $900 this year thanks to cash donations by E&J Photography, US Federal Credit Union, Professional Pride Realty and Bursch Travel.

CLUE THREE

Location 1. This building recently had something removed from it. This large structure was used extensively when it was a restaurant in the 90’s. Find the letter located on line 1, word 3 and letter 2

Location 2. This spot in the middle of town has always been a popular talker. Grab a snack and take a break. Seating provided by Schjeldahl. Find the letter located on line 1, word 2 and letter 1

Location 3. Bring a net for this one. Built in 1893, this structure replaced that Dampier House which is where Henry Wheeler was positioned during the 1876 raid. Find the letter located on line 4, word 2 and letter 6

CLUE TWO

Location 1. This cipher lays close to the original 1885 YMCA in Northfield but you’ll need to look High, not at the horseshoe up there, but near the prominent half circles to the south. Find the letter located on line 4 of 7, word 2 and letter 1

Location 2. What was your favorite item at the Ideal Cafe? Work as a pair and you’ll find these two circles. Find the letter located on line 1 of 3, word 2 and letter 2

Location 3. Ryan would be lying if he said this would be a piece of cake. Find the letter located on line 2 of 4, word 3 and letter 1

CLUE ONE

Location 1. This building was built the same year “Jesse James Day” began and was the first Medical Arts building in Rice County. Look on the “mural” side and pass each other on the ground. Find the letter located on line 2 of 5, word 1 and letter 3

Location 2. This public building was constructed by money donated by Andrew Carnegiein the winter of 1908. Look at the bottom on Division. Find the letter located on line 1 of 4, word 2 and letter 5

Location 3. Opened in 1877 this Stuart from Dallas was the second of its kind in Northfield. Find the hot letter located on line 1 of 7, word 4 and letter 1


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DJJD Horse Shoe Hunt 2014 – Clue Two

The letters that make up the name of the hiding spot have been scrambled and you will be given 3 letters of the puzzle through a clue each day. The clues will lead you to locations downtown where you must walk to the cipher near the particular location and gather a particular letter as instructed in each clue.

The Purse is $900 this year thanks to cash donations by E and J Photography, US Federal Credit Union, Professional Pride Realty and Bursch Travel.

CLUE TWO

Location 1. This cipher lays close to the original 1885 YMCA in Northfield but you’ll need to look High, not at the horseshoe up there, but near the prominent half circles to the south. Find the letter located on line 4 of 7, word 2 and letter 1

Location 2. What was your favorite item at the Ideal Cafe? Work as a pair and you’ll find these two circles. Find the letter located on line 1 of 3, word 2 and letter 2

Location 3. Ryan would be lying if he said this would be a piece of cake. Find the letter located on line 2 of 4, word 3 and letter 1

CLUE ONE

Location 1. This building was built the same year “Jesse James Day” began and was the first Medical Arts building in Rice County. Look on the “mural” side and pass each other on the ground. Find the letter located on line 2 of 5, word 1 and letter 3

Location 2. This public building was constructed by money donated by Andrew Carnegie in the winter of 1908. Look at the bottom on Division. Find the letter located on line 1 of 4, word 2 and letter 5

Location 3. Opened in 1877 this Stuart from Dallas was the second of its kind in Northfield. Find the hot letter located on line 1 of 7, word 4 and letter 1


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DJJD Horse Shoe Hunt 2014 – Clue One

The letters that make up the name of the hiding spot have been scrambled and you will be given 3 letters of the puzzle through a clue each day. The clues will lead you to locations downtown where you must walk to the cipher near the particular location and gather a particular letter as instructed in each clue.

The Purse is $900 this year thanks to cash donations by E&J Photography, US Federal Credit Union, Professional Pride Realty and Bursch Travel.

CLUE ONE
Location 1. This building was built the same year “Jesse James Day” began and was the first Medical Arts building in Rice County. Look on the “mural” side and pass each other on the ground. Find the letter located on line 2 of 5, word 1 and letter 3

Location 2. This public building was constructed by money donated by Andrew Carnegie in the winter of 1908. Look at the bottom on Division. Find the letter located on line 1 of 4, word 2 and letter 5

Location 3. Opened in 1877 this Stuart from Dallas was the second of its kind in Northfield. Find the hot letter located on line 1 of 7, word 4 and letter 1


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2015 Ambassadors Named at Saturday’s Coronation

Congratulations to our 2015 Defeat of Jesse James Days Ambassadors, Carolyn Meyer, Emily Oberto, and Mathew Dempsey. The judges had 6 amazing candidates to choose from and had the tough job of selecting these three.  Welcome to the DJJD family. 

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Join the Posse Paddle! (New Event)

  • Entry fee: $15/person pre-register (includes DJJD button) or $20/person day of event
  • Register: online at www.crwp.net/events or in-person on day of event
  • The course: Dundas to Riverside Lions Park in Northfield
  • Parking: Dundas Trailhead parking lot, corner of railway St. North & County Rd 1
  • Registration fee includes a BUTTON to the Defeat of Jesse James Days “BUTTON” events. CRWP can mail buttons in advance for those who pre-register by August 29th or they can be picked up at our Northfield office. Participants must bring their own canoe/kayak and PFD. If you need to rent a kayak, contact The Gear ReSource in Northfield.
  • Questions? contact Alana at 507-786-3916 or alana@crwp.net
  • http://www.djjd.org/posse-paddle/

2015 Junior Ambassadors Named

DSC_10297The Defeat of Jesse James Days has selected new 2015 Junior Ambassadors to reign over the upcoming celebration and promote Northfield over the next year!

They are Madilyn Snyder and Coltyn Otte. Madilyn is 8 years old and her parents are Candi & Chad Snyder. Her sponsor is Harry Browns Automotive. Coltyn is 8 years old and his parents are Casi and Jason Otte. His sponsor is Otte Excavating.

The coronation event was held Saturday August 9th at the Carleton’s Weitz Center for Creativity. 12 candidates participated with introductions on stage, answering questions and showing their talents.

During the prior 6 weeks all the candidates participated in a number of activities including a Dundas Dukes game, a bowling evening with the current ambassadors and candidates, helped at Laura Baker Services Assn Family Fun Day and a pancake breakfast fundraiser. The candidates were all required to sell coronation tickets, pancake tickets and DJJD Buttons. It was announced at coronation that Madilyn Snyder had sold the most on two categories and tying on the third with her sister Abigail who was also a candidate. Prizes were awarded as well as each candidate receiving a ‘bucket of awesomeness’ for a job well done.

As Junior Ambassadors, over the next year Madilyn & Coltyn will participate in many parades, coronations and be available to volunteer at many special events including Special Olympics, Salvation Army bell ringing as well as at the DJJD Celebration.

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