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Siblings win $10,000 in icy treasure hunt

UPI News Service, 01/30/2008 

A brother-sister team from Wisconsin braved 40-below-zero wind chills in the dark early Wednesday to win the St. Paul (Minn.) Winter Carnival Treasure Hunt.

Andrew Burke, 21, of Knapp, Wis., and his sister, Jessica French, 26, of Baldwin, Wis., won $10,000 plus $1,200 in groceries for finding the medallion hidden in St. Paul's Mounds Regional Park under a fallen tree shortly after midnight, reported the St. Paul Pioneer Press, which sponsored the 57th annual mid-winter treasure hunt.

The siblings, in just their second year trying their hand at the competition, found the medallion, wrapped in a 3M Highland Invisible Tape carton and wrapped in plastic, soon after the newspaper published the 11th clue of the 12-clue hunt.

Burke, a University of Wisconsin-Stout student, told newspaper officials he was "excited, stoked" when he realized their good fortune. He said he and his sister had spent up to eight hours a night searching for the medallion.

"A lot of clues still don't make a lot of sense to me," Burke said.

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