General Information

It's the Great Kolacky Pursuit - Montgomery's Kolacky Days Medallion Hunt!  The Finder wins a Kolacky Days Prize Pack that includes $100 Monty Bucks!!!

The FIRST Clue will be read on KCHK Radio on Monday, July 22, 2019 at around 8:45 am during the Kolacky Days interview (NOTE: Due to the smaller group of candidates this year, the first clue will be posted on-line and we will start with Clue 2 being on KCHK Radio).  The clue will then be posted on our social media outlets and our website at www.kolackydays.com.   Each additional clue will be read aloud around 8:45 am on KCHK Radio during the week and posted by 9:30 am each day, beginning Tuesday, July 23, 2019 on our social media outlets and our website at www.kolackydays.com.  Friday morning is the last clue if required. 

Official Rules & Guidelines

  1. The medallion is hidden on public property in an easily accessible place within the city limits of Montgomery.  It is NOT located at the Veteran’s Memorial Park.  Stay off of private property or school grounds. 

  2. It is not necessary to damage or destroy any property to find the medallion.  Any damage to land and property is strictly prohibited and grounds for disqualification.   

  3. Clues will be posted online, announced on the air and found in print no later than 9:30 a.m. each day.  Clues will be posted on our social media outlets and over KCHK Radio each day. 

  4. If more than one person finds the medallion, the reward will be split among all the finders.

  5. There is no age restrictions and the medallion hunt is open to everyone except Montgomery Area Community Club board members and KCHK employees and all of their immediate families.

  6. Knowingly, and at your own risk, you hereby apply to enter an athletic contest that is intended to hunt for and retrieve the medallion if you look and so hereby waive and release all claim to damages that you may incur as a direct or indirect result of your participation in this event against the City of Montgomery, Montgomery Area Community Club Inc., KCHK Radio, or any employee, official, or elected officer of these organizations for said injuries.

  7. There is no cost for this event. 

  8. Have fun!  Make this is a memorable experience for yourself and the community.  Conduct yourself in a manner that would make your babička (grandmother) proud.  Good Luck!

  9. If for some reason the medallion is found by mistake, or prior to the first clue being read, the medallion must be returned to the Montgomery Area Community Club and we will announce a change in the contest. 

  10. In case you find the medallion, call or text to (612-203-7824) – Please call during respectful hours between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

  11. If you win, you must agree to be publicly named along with the possibility of an on-air radio interview, your photo and name(s) on various local websites and a picture and write up for the paper. 

  12. In the event the medallion is not found, the hunt will conclude on Monday, July 29, 2019 at 8:00 am. The prize will roll over to next year.

  13. When the medallion is found and the Montgomery Area Community Club has been notified, notice will be posted on Facebook,


  • 2017 - Sara Gaul

  • 2018 - Alex Jakes & Caitlin Jakes

  • 2019 - Erin Duhme

2018 Medallion Winners: Sisters Alex & Caitlin Jakes

2018 Medallion Winners: Sisters Alex & Caitlin Jakes


Monday, July 22, 2019

Clue 1:

It’s that time of year for polka, eatin’ those kolackys, and having a Bohemian Happy Meal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner from the Miss Czech Slovak Minnesota Pageant food stand! To start your Kolacky week off, we have the medallion hunt ready to go! However, before you and Dale Ruhland head out the door for the hunt, pull out a city map, get to know your Kolacky City history, and read up on the weekend to come because you never know - the answer might be right in front of your eyes!

Remember the medallion is hidden on public property and not in Veteran’s Memorial Park.  

Explanation 1:

Basically prepared the hunter that a city map, knowing Montgomery history and that the Schedule of Events will all be helpful. Later on one could also might pick up on that the clue talked in 3s like breakfast, lunch, and dinner or used

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Clue 2:

The monthly meeting of one of Kolacky Days Premier Titanium Sponsors - the Knights of Columbus - had just ended when Bob Janovsky ran into Dale Ruhland and one of the newly announced Kolacky Days Grand Marshals for 2019, Jim Mladek. Bob asked if they were going to participate in the medallion hunt this year?  Dale said it would be a cardinal sin not to.  They recalled where the medallion was the last 2 years and thought Montgomery is big enough that it would be someplace different.  Jim, a former Fire Chief, chimed in as he noticed something was missing in both the previous locations and thought that’s the general direction Dale should look. 

Explanation 2:

The key words were cardinal, location, and direction.  The 3s in this clue were Bob, Dale, and Jim.  If a person remembered the medallion was hide by the Montgomery Municipal Building (201 Ash Ave. SW) and then Memorial Park (500 5th St. SE), you would have realized the cardinal direction “North” was missing and it was north of either of these spots.  Knights of Columbus was used to help guide you to “cardinal.”

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Clue 3:

It was a few days later and Dale stopped by Mackenthun’s Fine Foods and ran into the local coffee crew.  The group was busy talking about how Jim Mladek is the first 3rd generation recipient of the honor of being Grand Marshal for Kolacky Days.  They started to reminisce about the first generation, Jim’s grandma, Emma who was one of the Grand Marshals in 1963 - Oh a bottle of Bubble Up, Red Gummy Coins, Penny Candy, and Freeze Pops.

Dale remembered Emma, her twin sister, Lil and the corner store.  He thought even though some Kolacky Days activities happen up past that spot, the weekend is best known for the Grand Day Parade and his gut told him not to go that far north and stick closer to the parade route.   

Explanation 3:

The clue advised that it wasn’t past the “Corner Store” which was located on Mill Avenue and closer to the parade route.  Based on the previous clues, the parade route from Ash Avenue to Boulevard to 3rd Street was still in play.  The 3s in the clue was the Mladeks as Grand Marshals.  The use of “gut” and “Mackenthun’s Fine Foods” were also a foreshadow that could have guided you closer to the medallion’s location. 

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Clue 4:

Kolacky Days was getting closer and it was time for Dale to attend the Kolacky Queen Candidate’s History Night.  He talked to the candidates about some vintage 8mm parade footage he had recently seen. He then introduced the candidates to Joan Ouradnik who was a previous Kolacky Queen and one of three ladies who has been both a Kolacky Queen and a Grand Marshal.  During her presentation, she talked about her experience as Kolacky Queen but also her participation in the Miss Centennial Minnesota Pageant. 

As Dale left for the night, the word Centennial stuck in his head.  He thought he read Montgomery is recognizing a different 100 years strong this Kolacky Days by raising one of these in their honor.

Explanation 4: 

Kolacky Days is recognizing the American Legion Post for being 100 years strong in 2019 at the Flag-Raising as found event in the Schedule of Events.  The clue hopefully guided you to one of the many American Flags on 1st Street and Boulevard (not the actual flag used in the raising) that are found along the parade route that it still be located at. The reference to the 3s was Joan Ouadnik being one of 3 ladies who has been Kolacky Queen and Grand Marshal.  The vintage 8mm parade footage was also going to be useful.  It is available for viewing on the Kolacky Days website. 

Friday, July 27, 2019

Clue 5:

Before Dale went to bed last night he pulled out his city map and notes.  He added the parade route and eliminated everything south of Ash Avenue on the city map.  He thought again about the Kolacky City history and the times the number 3 came up in the clues. He figured out the item being raised for 100 years strong is the American Flag.  As he opened his laptop, the 8mm parade footage was still up and he realized where it was shot – right where Jim Mladek’s parents, Elroy and Armella Mladek’s grocery store would have been. They were the 2nd generation of the 3 to receive the honor of Grand Marshal!  As the film started, Dale noticed something we see today is missing across the street and thought he would look at the 3rd one first!

Explanation 5:

The clue hopefully caught everyone up. It mentions the 8mm film again and its importance.  It also closed the 3 mentions of the Mladek Grand Marshal reference.  And if you watch the film, “The answer might be right in front of your eyes!” is answered as you see across the street from what is now Center Stage Dance and Snap Fitness.  The flag poles were not present back in 1952 and the medallion was next to the 3rd flag of the group of 8. 

Thank You

The Montgomery Area Community Club would like to thank KCHK Radio, the official radio station for Kolacky Days, for helping get the word out across Minnesota Czech Country!

The Montgomery Area Community Club would like to thank R & R Metalworks and Tikalsky Custom Lase Engraving for helping us create an unique medallion for each Annual Celebration!