Plenty of ice, not much snow, for kids’ medallion hunt

There was not much snow, but plenty of ice for Coon Rapids Snowflake Days’ annual kids’ medallion hunt at Al Flynn Park, Coon Rapids, Saturday.

Maddie Erickson, 8, was the winner of the Coon Rapids Snowflake Days girls’ medallion hunt at Al Flynn Park Saturday.

Maddie Erickson, 8, was the winner of the Coon Rapids Snowflake Days girls’ medallion hunt at Al Flynn Park Saturday.

But Coon Rapids Fire Chief John Piper found spots to hide the two medallions, one for the girls’ event and the other for the boys’ hunt, without any digging required.

Both medallions were found under leaves.

The Coon Rapids Professional Firefighters Local 1935 sponsored the event, including the $200 gift cards to Erik’s Bike Shop which were presented to the girl and boy who found their respective medallions.

Before and after medallion hunt, contestants and their parents were invited to Fire Station 1 on Egret Boulevard, which is linked to the park by a walking trail.

Miss Coon Rapids 2013 Emily Kallis and Miss Coon Rapids Outstanding Teen Kathryn Kueppers were at the medallion hunt.

Maddie Erickson, 8, a second-grader at Hoover Elementary School, Coon Rapids, was the winner of the girls’ medallion hunt.

This was the first time she had entered the medallion hunt and she plans to buy a new bicycle with the gift card, Maddie said.

Aidan Smith, 7, won a $200 gift card to Erik’s Bike Shop, courtesy of the Coon Rapids Professional Firefighters Local 1935, as the finder of the boys’ medallion.

Aidan Smith, 7, won a $200 gift card to Erik’s Bike Shop, courtesy of the Coon Rapids Professional Firefighters Local 1935, as the finder of the boys’ medallion.

Aidan Smith, 7, a first-grader at St. Stephen’s Catholic School, Anoka, found the medallion in the boys’ hunt.

Like Maddie, this was Aidan’s first kids’ medallion hunt and he, too, will use the gift card for a new bike.

The hunts were open to boys and girls ages five to 10.

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