Hopkins resident Katie Nelson didn’t start looking for the Golden Raspberry right away. She only started looking for it Tuesday with her team of helpers—her 10-year-old niece from Georgia, Maddie Andacht; 5-year-old son Joe Nelson and 3-year-old son Henry Nelson.
The delay didn’t hurt Nelson in the least, though. She found the Golden Raspberry medallion at 7:30 a.m. Thursday in , just a half hour before the Raspberry Festival was set to release its fourth clue.
Nelson and her team dug into the clues to uncover where the medallion could be. The first clue—“Green, green, green is what I traditionally see.”—convinced them it was in a park. They checked out Maetzold Field and spent a lot of time in Downtown Park.
At one point, her husband even stopped in a car wash to see the Hopkins Through the Years local history book to investigate clue no. 3—“History tells me that coffins surfaced in this area after the flood.”
“We were using the clues seriously,” she said. “We had lots of thoughts on where this should’ve been.”
But it was an offhand comment about Supervalu that led her to the medallion. She thought of clue no. 2—“As I look around, I see a super deal in Hopkins.”—and decided she’d take a morning walk to Buffer Park, which is just across Second Avenue South from the company.
Her helpers were sleeping at their grandmother’s house, but she searched around the park and happened upon the medallion.
Nelson joked that the $500 prize has already been spent. While they were still hunting for the medallion, the members of her team discussed what they’d do with the money. Her sons plan to buy a Batman game for the Nintendo Wii.
Nelson, meanwhile, is just happy to have found the medallion.
"Boy, I just happened to look at the right tree," she said.
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