Northwoods Medallion Hunt

Medallion Hunt Merchant Participant List 2018

2018 Northwoods Medallion Hunt Flyer 


Keep collecting those wooden nickels!  We will accept wooden nickels at the Chamber office (1600 E Sheridan St) until Monday, February 12 at 5 pm.  There are 31 participating merchants in this year's wooden nickel distribution list.  Click on the Medallion Hunt Merchant Participant List 2018 (above) for the full list.

Kevin & Jessica Dun with Chamber director Cherie Sonsalla

Medallion Hunt winner Kevin Dunn, with wife Jessica and Chamber director, Cherie Sonsalla, accepting the Northwoods Medallion Hunt Chamber buck prize.

Just minutes ago Kevin & Jessica Dunn came into the Chamber office with huge smiles on their faces.  In Kevin's hand was the three inch acrylic medallion.  Congratulations Kevin for finding the medallion.  


The second annual Ely Northwoods Medallion Hunt will run from Thursday, February 1 to Sunday, February 11, 2018 as part of the Ely Winter Festival activities.  This is an annual event with a different Northwoods theme each year.


There will be a total of ten clues released each day starting February 1 to lead hunters to the medallion.  Tune into WELY at 9:30 a.m. each day for the Early Bird release of the clue!  If you miss the WELY broadcast, the clues will also be released each day at 10:00 a.m.  They will be posted at the Chamber of Commerce building at 1600 E. Sheridan St., on our website page (, on the Ely 


MN Events Facebook page and at participating Ely merchants.

The first one to find the medallion will win $250 in Chamber bucks!! But there are more chances to win!

Commemorative Wooden Nickels Drawings

Each participating Ely merchant will also have Northwoods Medallion Hunt commemorative wooden nickels.  For every ten wooden nickels turned in at the Chamber of Commerce, you will receive an entry form for a drawing for four prizes:  first place - $100 Chamber Bucks, second place - $75 Chamber Bucks, third place - $50 Chamber Bucks and fourth place - $25 Chamber Bucks.      

No purchase necessary.  Visit participating merchants often to collect a coin – one coin per person at each store per day.  There is no limit to the amount of days you visit each store, so you can collect wooden nickels galore to turn in for an entry form for the drawings (just remember it takes ten wooden nickels to get an entry for the drawing). 



2018 is The Year of the Bear!




The medallion and commemorative wooden nickels will be etched with the likeness of our furry wilderness neighbors.  Why not collect eleven wooden nickels, keep one for your collection and turn in the other ten for an entry into the drawing?                                                                                                             

Important Notes For The Medallion Hunt 

  • The medallion is hidden on Ely city property that is accessible to the public — it is not hidden at a private residence.
  • No disassembly or digging of any kind will be required to find the medallion.
  • To claim the $250 Chamber Bucks prize, the hunter must contact the Ely Chamber of Commerce at 218-365-6123 during regular business hours (M-F, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm).  The Chamber must be contacted no later than noon on Monday, February 12 to make arrangements to pick up the prize.  Of course the hunter can keep the medallion, but it must be shown at the time the prize is picked up. 
  • Winners must be 18 years of age to claim the prize, but younger hunters may help search for the medallion if accompanied by an adult.
  • The sponsors of the Ely Northwoods Medallion Hunt assume no responsibility for accidents or injuries sustained by participants.
  • No purchase necessary in order to win the medallion prize or to be entered into the Wooden Nickel drawing. 
  • Wooden nickels must be redeemed by 5 pm on Monday, February 12 to be entered in the Chamber Busks drawing.
  • The Ely Chamber of Commerce reserves the right to discontinue the Ely Northwoods Medallion Hunt at any time.  

Medallion Hunt Clues

 2018 Medallion Hunt Clue 1

2018 Medallion Hunt Clue 2

2018 Medallion Hunt Clue 3 

2018 Medallion Hunt Clue 4

2018 Medallion Hunt Clue 5  

2018 Medallion Hunt Clue 6

2018 Medallion Hunt Clue 7

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