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Northwoods Medallion Hunt

The first Ely Northwoods Medallion Hunt will run from Thursday, February 2 to Sunday, February 12, 2017 as part of the Ely Winter Fest activities.  This will become an annual event with a different, Northwoods theme each year. 

There will be a total of ten clues released (starting February 2, with the final clue posted February 11) to lead hunters to the medallion.  At approximately 8:10 a.m., tune into the Terri and Todd show on WELY for the early bird clue release.  Then at 10:00 a.m. the clues 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.  The drawings will take place on Friday, February 17 at 2:00 p.m., so make sure you turn in your wooden nickels by noon on Friday to enter the drawing.    

Medallion Hunt Participating Merchant List 2017  (Merchant hours and days of operation may vary.)

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).        

Chamber Hours For Ely Winter Festival

Monday – Friday: 9:00 am - 5 pm

Saturday and Sunday (February 4-5 and February 11-12):  1:00 pm – 5:00 pm


 2017 is The Year of the Wolf!

The first 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 the start of 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 13 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. 
  • The Ely Chamber of Commerce reserves the right to discontinue the Ely Northwoods Medallion Hunt at any time.

Here are the Ely Northwoods Medallion Hunt Clues:

Ely Northwoods Medallion Hunt Clue #1  (February 2, 2017)

Ely Northwoods Medallion Hunt Clue #2  (February 3, 2017)

Ely Northwoods Medallion Hunt Clue #3  (February 4, 2017)

Ely Northwoods Medallion Hunt Clue # 4  (February 5, 2017)

Ely Northwoods Medallion Hunt Clue #5  (February 6, 2017)

Ely Northwoods Medallion Hunt Clue #6  (February 7, 2017)

Ely Northwoods Medallion Hunt Clue #7  (February 8, 2017)

Ely Northwoods Medallion Hunt Clue #8  (February 9, 2017)


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