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Date(s) - 09/07/2019
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Holiday Station


Royalton MN Staurolite Trip

Trip Leader: Jennifer Sorenson

When: Saturday, September 7th, 2019 from 9:00am to 2:00pm

Where: Blanchard Dam near Royalton, MN

Meeting Location: Holiday Station, 208 US-10, Royalton, MN 56373

Type of Mineral Collected: Staurolite

Trip Description: A chance to make a rare crystal find. Staurolites, better known as “fairy stones” or “fairy crosses” are found at Blanchard Dam. Loose and matrix specimens of staurolite, including both types of twins, can be found in the gravels and weathered outcrop south of the dam. They are as much as an inch in length and are of dark brown color.

Collecting Fees: None.

Rockhound Tools Needed: Sieve or screen for sifting sand, hand rake, hand trowel, small bucket, container, or bag for collecting specimens. Possibly a dry change of socks and shoes in case your feet get wet. Digging for cross rocks in the river banks using shovels or other implements is not legal to do.

Difficulty of Collection Site: A short hike is required to reach the collecting location. The path includes  hiking downhill to reach the river and uphill to exit. (2/10)

Safety Considerations: We will be on the shore of the Mississippi River. Please approach or enter the water with great caution.

Other Considerations: Collecting will be rain or shine, except if there is lightning.

Release Forms: The standard MMC release form can be used for this trip. It is located on the MMC website: https://mnmineral.org/public-documents/

Please complete in advance, if possible.

Directions: Take I-94 W to MN-25 N in Monticello. Take exit 193 from I-94 W. Take Park Blvd SE and 165th Ave SE to US-10 W in Becker Township. Turn left onto US-10 W. The Holiday Station will be on the right.

Approximate Distance and Travel Time: From Falcon Heights City Hall: @89 miles and 1 hour 30 minutes

Registration closes at 10:00pm on Wednesday, September 4th, 2019.


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