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    Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers National Parks

    Yes, this is what the archaeologists want to do. Sounds like they've got St. Paul hooked on the idea, told them it would really boost tourism. There was a bill in State Legislature for St. Paul to agree to this, not quite sure what has happened but I think it's on the State Legislature website. Imagine every place along both sides of these rivers being off limits to detecting! HH, George (MN)

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    Re: Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers National Parks

    I could be wrong here, but aren't the NP's off-limits anyways ?

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    Yup. The end of a way of life. Too bad. It's a good way. Wagons forward! Yo!

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    Re: Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers National Parks

    They want to turn all the land along these rivers into National Parks. But right now these areas are homes, businesses & city parks. They've already made some of these areas illegal to detect, calling them National Wildlife Refuges or something similar. HH, George (MN)

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    Re: Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers National Parks

    Are National Parks and National Forests different? I was told that I could metal detect in the Superior National Forest unless there was a sign saying it was an archaeological site, and in that case there would be a posted sign. I believe I still have the email from the lady at their District Office.
    "Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen." ~Winston Churchill

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    Re: Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers National Parks

    I read about some national forest in another state where they got permission to detect a ghost town area, but they were asked to draw a map of the area for them. Then they made at least that area off limits & raided the house of one of them & took a bunch of things found detecting.

    Many of our govt people like to say they are the one in charge & then someone else claims they are the one & they never give anyone permission. There was an article in the paper once about "our" (Minnesota) State Forests having a $500 fine for detecting them because any land could be Indian land.

    National Parks person once said 8 years in prison for having an assembled metal detector inside a vehicle in a national park. No need to find something or dig or even sweep detector, it would be intent to steal relics.

    When I called MN State Parks to ask why I couldn't detect about half didn't know it was illegal, so maybe if I'd asked someone if I could they'd say yes, but then I'd probably get fined.

    As for their other employees, the roughly half that knew it was illegal, everyone gave me a different reason. Finally I speak to archaeologist & he says "if you dug up a ghost town, then I couldn't tell its story".

    At a National Park, some person(s) dug up 6 Cival War bullets, commercial value $3, but said to have an "archaeological value" of $18,000! Wonder if that's how much the archaeologist would have been paid to dig them up if they drew on map how deep & at what square inch? The relic hunters were forced to buy big ads in newspapers saying turn in looters of national treasures.

    Some people got permission to sweep detector but not take anything or only surface finds or things less than 50 years old or whatever. I don't know if you had any restrictions mentioned to you or what would happen if you ran into a different forest ranger or a professional archaeologist, Best wishes, George (MN)

 

 

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