2018 Medallion Winners: Sisters Alex & Caitlin Jakes

2018 Medallion Winners: Sisters Alex & Caitlin Jakes

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 23, 2018 at around 8:45 am during the Kolacky Days interview.  The clue will then be posted on our social media outlets, our website at www.kolackydays.com, and at the Montgomery Messenger Office.   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 24, 2018 on our social media outlets, our website at www.kolackydays.com, and at the Montgomery Messenger Office.  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, at the Montgomery Messenger Office, 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, Montgomery Messenger employees, 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, Montgomery Messenger 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 31, 2018 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 and posted at the Montgomery Messenger.  


  • 2017 - Sara Gaul
  • 2018 - Alex Jakes & Caitlin Jakes


Clue 1: Monday, July 23, 2018

Happy Kolacky!!  It’s the greatest days of summer in Minnesota Czech Country!  As we begin celebrating our 84th year, we once again decided to hold the “The Great Kolacky Pursuit – A Medallion Hunt” as one of our activities planned this week in Montgomery!  To help prepare you for this hunt, we recommend you pick up the Kolacky Days brochure, find us on social media (Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter), study the Schedule of Events flyer, spend some time looking at our website, www.kolackydays.com, think back to last year’s clue explanation and even brushing up on your Montgomery history!  Remember the medallion is hidden on public property and not in Veteran’s Memorial Park.  

Clue 2: Tuesday, July 24, 2018

It was after History Night at the Arts & Heritage Center where the Kolacky Queen candidates learned about the place they call home and how this year’s Grand Marshals Jake Koehen’s uncle Peter Keohen coined the celebration’s name “Kolacky Day” back in 1929 that a few of the historical society members stopped by the Montgomery Brewing Company for a pivo or maybe even a soda.  Dale Ruhland, one of the Kolacky Days historians, wanted to talk about the medallion but the group talked about the unique events held during Kolacky Days of long ago like airplane rides and even winning a pony at the Kiddie Parade.   “Imagine walking home with that prize as a kid?“ Dale said.  “My maminka would have told me to keep walking south.“  As they said their goodbyes, everyone was reminded to vote in the “Windows for Veterans” being put on by the Arts & Heritage Center.  Dale asked where does it start?  The group replied, “Start at Montgomery’s memorial road and head the same way your mom told you and you will start seeing the exhibition!”  Dale approved and even though they didn’t talk about it, he bet it would be a great place to start looking for the medallion.

Clue 3: Wednesday, July 25, 2018

It was a few days later and as Dale dropped off his “Windows for Veterans” ballot at LaNette’s, he ran into the 2018 Kolacky Days Grand Marshals Jake and Kay Keohen who both were having a Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler cone.  Dale congratulated them both and bet as the former editor and publisher of the Montgomery Messenger, Jake would have some ideas on where the medallion might be hiding in town.  Jake said as someone who chronicled the lives of Montgomery’s residents for over 60 years in the Montgomery Messenger that he would start looking by the historic markers found throughout the town. 

Clue 4: Thursday, July 26, 2018

It was the next morning and Dale remembered that the community club used to take a photo in front of one of these markers every year for many years and bet they hid the medallion near there.  Before work he thought he would stop by Franke’s Bakery for a glazed donut and was looking over the brochure.  As he ate his donut he talked to Mary Ann when a few things randomly came up:

- Do you know the most common letter a Kolacky Days Sponsor starts with? 

- What event will be celebrating its 60th anniversary as being a part of the Kolacky Days tradition?

- I wonder what exactly that new activity is the park that’s scheduled all weekend? Dale heard they are also bringing a “Walk-on-Water” attraction. 

After finishing his donut, Dale said he needed to get out on the road as he has a few things needing to get done before the big weekend. 

Clue 5: Friday, July 27, 2018

Dale was frustrated as he kept running out of time to go look for the medallion.  However, he was bound and determined to go look so he decided to take a day off and wait for the last clue to be released. The last clue was released, and it was just a bunch of random questions:

-The 3rd year that the celebration was cancelled due to WW II – 19__ __

- In 1977, we celebrated what annual celebration? __  __

- The year before Kolacky Day was established – 19 __  __

- This year’s annual celebration - __ __


- The 2017 Kolacky Queen’s grandfather was Grand Marshal in what year?  19 __  __

- The 2004 Grand Marshal was also crowned Queen in what year?  19  __  __

- In 2012, we celebrated what annual celebration? __  __

-The year before the Softball Tournament was added to the many events and activities held during Kolacky Day – 19 __ __

Not thinking too much about, he stopped by Herrmann’s Thrifty White Pharmacy to pick up a few supplies for the hunt and came across the Kolacky Days merchandise.  He noticed the GPS coordinates t-shirt and wondered …

__  __ . __  __  __  __  __ __ N - __ __ . __  __  __  __  __  __ W

Thank You

The Montgomery Area Community Club would like to thank the following for helping get the word out across Minnesota Czech Country!  Thank you KCHK Radio and the Montgomery Messenger!