Carter Michels’ investigative skills came in handy during last week’s Frostbite Challenge. The Monticello youth found the celebration medallion with the third clue.
“The first clue and the second clue, I really didn’t understand,” Carter said. “The next clue that said, ‘My secret new spot makes me feel safe as can be. I have someone special watching over me.’ made me think, ‘Well, kids like to go play in a park. Someone guarding it could mean a monument of some type.”
Carter, age 14, said he found the Frostbite medallion on Thursday, Jan. 10 in Ellison Park, under the flag pole after following up from a suggestion offered by his Dad, Rodney.
“We looked around the monument for about 15 minutes, and then it was right there near the flag pole,” he said. “”We thought it was amazing that we found it.”
Carter and his Dad took the medallion home and stashed it in a cupboard for safekeeping.
“The next day, my Dad called the Monticello Chamber of Commerce.”
This year’s Frostbite medallion hunt prize was three, $25 Visa Gift cards supplied by event sponsors First Minnesota Bank, RiverWood Bank, and Premier Banks.
“I was pretty happy with that,” Carter said earlier this week. “I think I will spend [the money] on some fishing supplies. I’m kind of a big fisherman. I like to fish a lot.”
Carter participated in Sunday’s Frostbite Challenge Fishing Contest on Pelican Lake.
“I was actually slaying them,” he said, referring to his fishing success. Not big ones, but keepers.” Carter attends Monticello Middle School.
His favorite activities include riding bikes with friends and playing video games. “I feel anybody who wants to get out and explore should do stuff like this. Win, lose or draw, it’s the adventure that’s the big deal,” he said.
Here are the Frostbite Challenge winners supplied by the Monticello Chamber of Commerce and Industry:
First Place Pond Hockey Team – All Elements; Second Place Pond Hockey Team – Dahlheimer’s Distributing; Consolation Pond Hockey Team – All Elements Red; First Place Snow Golf – Tara Thurber and Dan Jernberg; Second Place Snow Golf – Jeff O’Neill and Mark Thelen; First Place Frostbite Challenge – Team Wes Olson Electric; Second Place Frostbite Challenge – Team All Elements; Grand Prize 2012 Polaris Sportsman 500 4 by 4 – Alan Wojchouski; First Prize Raffle, $500 – Dave Doerr; Second Prize Raffle, Fish Scout Underwater Camera with case – Tracy Bushinger; Third Prize Raffle, Portable Fishhouse – Kay Schroden; Fourth Prize Raffle, $400 – Jeff Randall; Fifth Prize Raffle, FL-20 Genz Pack from Vexilar – Isaac Mujetich; Sixth Prize Raffle, $300 – Brian Fisher; Seventh Prize Raffle, FL-8SE Genz Pack from Vexilar – Justin Biegler; Eighth Prize Raffle, FL-8SE Genz Pack from Vexilar – Gina Orozco; Ninth Prize Raffle, $200 – Paul Levisee; 10th Prize Raffle, Vexilar Parka & Bib Set – John Radziej; 11th Prize Raffle, Vexilar Parka & Bib Set – Ryan Kadelbach; 12th Prize Raffle, $100 Cash – Ed Shuman; First Place Bluegill, $300 – Jesse Hammer .65; Second Place Bluegill, $200 – Jason Holker .55; Third Place Bluegill, $100 – Derrick Roske .55; First Place Crappie, $300 – Dawn Walter .75; Second Place Crappie, $200 – Justin Hammer .75; Third Place Crappie, $100 – Jim Brown .75; First Place Northern, $300 – Zaniel Dell 7.15; Second Place Northern, $200 – Carl Kauppila 6.30; Third Place Northern, $100 – John Michaud 5.30.
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