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Statewide scavenger hunt begins

ST. PAUL — Explore Minnesota Tourism, in partnership with Minneapolis-based Monopoint Media, has launched a statewide scavenger hunt, “Checkpoint MN.”

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The project includes 10 checkpoint signs placed at iconic Minnesota winter destinations and challenges people to visit all 10 of them during the contest, which runs now through Feb. 7.

More than $40,000 in prizes, including winter gear, snow bikes, GPS devices and getaway packages will be awarded to checkpoint visitors.

Visit for a map of the 10 destinations and prize information.

The 10 destinations are: Grand Portage National Monument, Lutsen Mountains Ski Area, Sandstone Ice Park (Robinson Quarry), Lake Mille Lacs via Hunters Point Lodge, Bemidji’s Paul Bunyan & Babe statues, Roseville Oval Ice-Skating Rink, Minneapolis Greenway bike path, Hyland Cross-Country Ski Trail in Bloomington’s Three Rivers Park, Colvill Park in Red Wing and the Pipestone National Monument.

Participants are encouraged to use social media and the hashtag #CheckpointMN to follow the action on Explore Minnesota Tourism Facebook, Twitter (@exploreminn) and Instagram (@exploreminnesota) accounts.

Each participant automatically earns a prize by reaching their first checkpoint. Participants can earn more prizes the more places they check in, including camping equipment, hiking boots, jackets and outdoors apparel. The first four people to check in at all 10 checkpoints will earn a “Grand Prize Gear Pack,” valued at more than $1,000. One additional Grand Prize Gear Pack will be awarded via a random drawing.