Treasure hunt starts today

FARGO – The Downtown Fargo Street Fair starts today, and successful scavengers could turn their skills into a $500 prize.

The Forum’s eighth annual treasure hunt has again partnered with Northern Plains Coins in Fargo to bring you the Northern Plains Coin Hunt.

If you’re the lucky person to find one of the three coins hidden downtown during the three-day event, you could be a winner.

Here’s how it works:

  • The Forum will hide one Northern Plains Coin each day of the fair, starting today. Coins will be hidden in a spot accessible to the public and somewhere between the boundaries of Sixth Avenue North and Sixth Avenue South; the Red River to the east and 10th Street on the west, north of Main Avenue; and Seventh Street to the west, south of Main Avenue.
  • Each day, read The Forum to find the first clue to help find that day’s coin. Additional clues will be given online each day at and during “The Christopher Gabriel Program,” which airs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on WDAY AM 970. If the coin still is unclaimed, the final clue will be given on “The Jay Thomas Show” between 2 and 5 p.m. on AM 970. At 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, the second and third clues will be found online at
  • Go downtown and start looking. Coins will be hidden well, but no digging, dumping, destroying or trespassing will be necessary to find the coin. Please respect the business owners and residents of downtown Fargo during your search.
  • You’ll also be able to follow the Northern Plains Coin Hunt via Twitter and Facebook. Just keep tabs on @Inforum for the latest updates. We will let the public know if the coin is found as soon as we are informed of it being turned in.
  • If you find the coin, return it by 5 p.m. to The Forum, 101 5th St. N., Fargo. The token can then be redeemed at Great Northern Coin for $500 worth of gold that the store will buy back, if desired. Your name, photo and the story of how you found the coin will be published in the next day’s Forum.