Winterfest Medallion found in Chautauqua Park

Kalen Brands discovers the wooden medallion wrapped in a plastic bag and tucked behind a plaque on the bandshell.

Kalen Brands (left) is joined by his younger brother, Toby, after finding the 2021 Winterfest Medallion Wednesday evening in Chautauqua Park. (Special to The Globe)

WORTHINGTON — Kalen Brands and his family were sitting around the dinner table Wednesday evening when they noticed the Winterfest Medallion Hunt clue printed on the front page of The Globe. They reread the daily clues, brainstormed ideas, and were pretty certain the medallion was hidden somewhere in Chautauqua Park.

The family made the short drive to town in the dark with flashlights at the ready for each of them — Kalen, his younger brother, Toby, and parents, Doug and Jennifer. Once at Chautauqua Park, they split up in different directions.

Kalen said it was the word “note” in Tuesday’s clue that led him to consider the park’s bandshell. There, wedged in a grove behind the plaque, Kalen discovered the three-inch diameter wooden medallion wrapped inside a plastic bag.

For more of this story, see Saturday's e-paper and

Julie Buntjer became editor of The Globe in July 2021, after working as a beat reporter at the Worthington newspaper since December 2003. She has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism from South Dakota State University.
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