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:Stone Lake Region Vacation Guide Spring & Summer 1999 Page 15 [ g Stone County Museum has North American Idlife Collection, Big Stone County from the company is being split has been fortunate in half between the Big Stone to have received a num- County Museum and the Grant of new donations recently, County Museum. Though it has two new buildings to be divided, the Big Stone Charles Hanson North County Museum was offered Wildlife Collection. first choice of the artifacts, has also donated a which are already in place. story log cabin and e Consisting of petrified fish Lake General Store, and other animal remains, the era store which houses fossils were extracted from a ! wildlife collection of more local quarry in the summer of 500 birds and other ani- 1981, and came out along with to the museum, which is other buried treasure, such as in Ortonville along hundreds of shark's teeth stated 75, across from the Mike Rausch of Rausch Bros. Theatre of Seasons "They spent quite awhile The collection was dedi- decorating my mother's garden a ceremony April 24. until we figured out what they and cleaning of the really were," he said. When collection, as well as their true identity was finally in new security mea- revealed, the fossils were sent took place last spring, to Morris, MN and then to the new security will South Dakota School of Mines, motion, light and where there age was estimated detectors, as well as a from 70-90 million years old. the police station. "It's amazing to think that inside the build- this ledge of solid rock was take a step into the once the bottom of an ancient as relics from yesteryear lake," he said. Upon close many shelves for all to examination, it's easy to see the petrified skin, skulls and back- highly visible slab of bones of the fish imbedded in bearing the name of the rock. Rausch says that the L Bunyan's Anchor" and the rock was once sediment at the Bantam excursion boat bottom of the lake, and after the of the outdoor exhibits fish sank to the bottom, they museum, were hardened along with the Society Secretary sediment as the lake eventually V Drewicke stated, "A group dried up. historical society "Most other quarries hold a members work hard to few fossils as well, though they in new additions to the are usually very brittle and fall and to make sure pet- apart right away when young and old keep touched," Rausch said. "Most the past." fossils that the company finds addition to these recent are under the dirt layer but comes the donation of a above the ledge of granite of fossils dated beneath. It's just amazing to 70 million years old see some examples in this good Rausch Bros. Monument condition." of Big Stone City, SD. The South Dakota School of A large collection of fossils Mines has kept the two best THE BIG STONE COUNTY MUSEUM is maintained by r historical society, and allows visitors to take a back in time. It is located at the intersection of 75 and 7 in Ortonville. new buildings, projects : i  ii!ii ............. ; is ";il MORE THAN 500 BIRDS AND OTHER ANIMALS make up the Charles Hanson North American Wildlife Collection, located at the Big Stone County Museum in the Artichoke Lake General Store, which Hanson also donated. Murals have also been painted in the background of some of the displays, adding to the realistic feel of the collection. examples, though plaster casts of them were made and are on display at the museum along with the others. New projects such as semi- nars, porcelain workshops, and caning are also planned at the museum, and should gather many new volunteers. Drewicke hopes that the new additions to the museum will vastly increase tourism: The museum has expanded its hours to Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with Sundays manned by volunteers. THE NORTH AMERICAN WILDLIFE COLLECTION is just one of the many attractions located at the Big Stone County Museum in Ortonville. Shown above is local taxidermist Charles Hanson, whose generous donation of the wildlife collection and two buildings have greatly added to the list of what the county museum has to offer. Catch Up On Your Reading! All books 1/2 price or less Chapters Repeated USED BOOK STORE Whetstone Mall, Milbank, SD 432-1151 Summer Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed Mondays & Wednesdays '(t-- :Stone Lake Region Vacation Guide Spring & Summer 1999 Page 15 [ g Stone County Museum has North American Idlife Collection, Big Stone County from the company is being split has been fortunate in half between the Big Stone to have received a num- County Museum and the Grant of new donations recently, County Museum. Though it has two new buildings to be divided, the Big Stone Charles Hanson North County Museum was offered Wildlife Collection. first choice of the artifacts, has also donated a which are already in place. story log cabin and e Consisting of petrified fish Lake General Store, and other animal remains, the era store which houses fossils were extracted from a ! wildlife collection of more local quarry in the summer of 500 birds and other ani- 1981, and came out along with to the museum, which is other buried treasure, such as in Ortonville along hundreds of shark's teeth stated 75, across from the Mike Rausch of Rausch Bros. Theatre of Seasons "They spent quite awhile The collection was dedi- decorating my mother's garden a ceremony April 24. until we figured out what they and cleaning of the really were," he said. When collection, as well as their true identity was finally in new security mea- revealed, the fossils were sent took place last spring, to Morris, MN and then to the new security will South Dakota School of Mines, motion, light and where there age was estimated detectors, as well as a from 70-90 million years old. the police station. "It's amazing to think that inside the build- this ledge of solid rock was take a step into the once the bottom of an ancient as relics from yesteryear lake," he said. Upon close many shelves for all to examination, it's easy to see the petrified skin, skulls and back- highly visible slab of bones of the fish imbedded in bearing the name of the rock. Rausch says that the L Bunyan's Anchor" and the rock was once sediment at the Bantam excursion boat bottom of the lake, and after the of the outdoor exhibits fish sank to the bottom, they museum, were hardened along with the Society Secretary sediment as the lake eventually V Drewicke stated, "A group dried up. historical society "Most other quarries hold a members work hard to few fossils as well, though they in new additions to the are usually very brittle and fall and to make sure pet- apart right away when young and old keep touched," Rausch said. "Most the past." fossils that the company finds addition to these recent are under the dirt layer but comes the donation of a above the ledge of granite of fossils dated beneath. It's just amazing to 70 million years old see some examples in this good Rausch Bros. Monument condition." of Big Stone City, SD. The South Dakota School of A large collection of fossils Mines has kept the two best THE BIG STONE COUNTY MUSEUM is maintained by r historical society, and allows visitors to take a back in time. It is located at the intersection of 75 and 7 in Ortonville. new buildings, projects : i  ii!ii ............. ; is ";il MORE THAN 500 BIRDS AND OTHER ANIMALS make up the Charles Hanson North American Wildlife Collection, located at the Big Stone County Museum in the Artichoke Lake General Store, which Hanson also donated. Murals have also been painted in the background of some of the displays, adding to the realistic feel of the collection. examples, though plaster casts of them were made and are on display at the museum along with the others. New projects such as semi- nars, porcelain workshops, and caning are also planned at the museum, and should gather many new volunteers. Drewicke hopes that the new additions to the museum will vastly increase tourism: The museum has expanded its hours to Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with Sundays manned by volunteers. THE NORTH AMERICAN WILDLIFE COLLECTION is just one of the many attractions located at the Big Stone County Museum in Ortonville. Shown above is local taxidermist Charles Hanson, whose generous donation of the wildlife collection and two buildings have greatly added to the list of what the county museum has to offer. Catch Up On Your Reading! All books 1/2 price or less Chapters Repeated USED BOOK STORE Whetstone Mall, Milbank, SD 432-1151 Summer Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed Mondays & Wednesdays '(t--