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Here is a regional event that definitely has ties to Morrison County:

Kathio State Park to Host Archaeology Day

The Minnesota Archaeological Society will be at Mille Lacs Kathio State
Park on Saturday September 29 to host a day of demonstrations, displays
and activities highlighting the archaeology and heritage of the region.
Demonstrations will include flint knapping, spears and spear-throwers,
pottery making and children’s activities.  Displays include artifacts,
books and pamphlets from the Minnesota Archaeological Society,
archaeology research by St. Cloud State University, Minnesota Historical
Society and the Office of the State Archaeologist.  The public is
invited to observe a small excavation in progress, where previous work
revealed artifacts and the floor of a house from A.D. 1200.  A team of
archaeologists and biologists will give tours in 10-person canoes while
discussing ancient village sites and wild rice research.  Films about
archaeology will be shown continuously at the park’s interpretive
center.

There is no charge for any of the Archaeology Day activities, which
will run from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.  A vehicle permit is required
to enter Minnesota State Parks. Vehicle permits may be purchased at the
park office, $5.00 for a daily permit, or $25.00 for an annual permit,
which allows entry to all Minnesota State Parks for one year from the
date of purchase.  Mille Lacs Kathio State Park is located 8 miles north
of Onamia, 14 miles south of Garrison, on U.S. highway 169.  For more
information, call the park at (320) 532-3523.

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The Ojibwe who lived in the Mille Lacs area were frequently in Morrison County as this was part of their territory prior to the various treaties that were signed to create the reservations.  People in Morrison County at one time signed a petition to allow the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe to remain on their reservation after lumbering interests attempted to get them booted off.

“Tracing Your Polish Heritage” is scheduled for the same day, so you’ll have a tough decision to make here.

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