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Lake gives up a cache of mysterious bones

Wednesday, March 7, 2001

What started out being one of a new dive team's first outings turned out to be a real find for area historians, biologists and paleontologists alike.

"Mark Peterson and Cheri Schillinger of Spencer were on one of their first dives," explained Steve Anderson, who has been assisting in preserving a cache of bones the men discovered. "They went down a second time and came up with four bones and a bottle. They then came to the Maritime Museum to ask about the bottle and that's when it all got started."

After several dives over the next few days, more than 300 bones were recovered from the depths of West Okoboji Lake. Their location is being kept a secret.

Anderson, who is a trained biologist and history buff, began putting the pieces back together. Steve Kennedy, the museum's curator, is excited about the project as well. "Both fields (history and biology) come together here. There' so much we can learn between the two."

"The last buffalo was seen here in 1858," said Anderson.

Read the rest of this story in the 3/6 Pilot Tribune.

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