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Perseverance pays off for this year’s Tribune Golden Easter Egg Hunt winner

Perseverance pays off for this year’s Tribune Golden Easter Egg Hunt winner

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Ben Hilsen, with his black Labrador puppy, Mesa, kneels where he found this year's egg located on the bluff overlooking Keelboat Park and the Missouri River on Thursday for the annual Bismarck Tribune Golden Easter Egg Hunt. 

Perseverance paid off for this year’s Golden Easter Egg Hunt winner.  

Ben Hilsen’s search for the egg in this year’s annual Bismarck Tribune Golden Easter Egg Hunt was physically demanding and tested his determination.

After climbing up, down, and back and forth across the hillside overlooking Keelboat Park and Grant Marsh Bridge with his black Labrador puppy, Mesa, on Thursday, Hilsen caught a glimmer of the gold-covered plastic egg reflected by the bright morning sun as it lie covered with brown prairie grass.

Since Monday, Tribune readers were given clues to the location of the large golden egg, hidden in a public place in the Bismarck-Mandan area. The hunt was sponsored by the Bismarck Larks baseball team.

Hilsen will receive $500 and a Flock membership from the team for the upcoming baseball season.

After searching the day before around the area of Chief Lookings’ Village and Pioneer Park for several hours until darkness fell, it was Thursday’s clue that sent Hilsen to the hillside overlooking the Missouri River to begin his search. With the word science as a clue, Hilsen said he immediately thought of Bismarck State College and the new Gateway to Science construction site. He combined it with previous clues of railroad tracks and Sakakawea.

After about 90 minutes on Thursday, the direct support professional with HIT Inc. said he was close to giving up. He then bumped into Paul Olson, the 2019 egg hunt winner, and thought he must be on the right track.

“I was excited,” Hilsen said when he found the egg. “I’ve lived here all my life and I feel like that’s a pretty big advantage.”

Hilsen said he can’t wait for the baseball season to begin so he take his young son, Bentley, to the games.

Here are the clues:

Clue 1: The Gold Egg’s location is a mystery … the search made easier for students of history.

Clue 2: Bike paths, railroads and waterways, all used in past clues … to find the Gold Egg, you must wisely choose.

Clue 3: Lewis and Clark plied these waters in 1804 … their keelboat replicated on this shore.

Clue 4: Lewis and Clark were men of science, Sakakawea paved their way … her image still leads to the treasure today.

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