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Archaeology presentation set at Little Elk in Morrison County

The Morrison County Historical Society has invited Rob Mann, anthropology professor at St. Cloud State University, to speak May 20 about archaeology at the Little Elk Heritage Preserve. The event starts at 1 p.m. Mann has conducted archaeological...

The Morrison County Historical Society has invited Rob Mann, anthropology professor at St. Cloud State University, to speak May 20 about archaeology at the Little Elk Heritage Preserve. The event starts at 1 p.m. Mann has conducted archaeological excavations of the mission site at Little Elk. During this event, he will present his findings related to the mission. Those in attendance will also be able to tour the rest of the site, which is owned the Minnesota DNR and has walking trails and signage related to other notable spots on the property.

The Little Elk Heritage Preserve, located at the confluence of the Mississippi and Little Elk Rivers on Grouse Road (Highway 213) in Morrison County, is a site the historical society reported is of tremendous importance due to its history. It was the site of a fur trade post, a mission, an Ojibwe chief's cabin, and a townsite.

MCHS is still in the process of making arrangements to have the event at Little Elk Heritage Preserve. If those arrangements are unsuccessful or there is rain that day, the event will be at the Weyerhaeuser Museum. Attendees will be notified about the location the day before the event.

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