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SENTINEL TRIBUNE Wednesday, June 15, 2016 Page 3 What could be more refresh- ing than a cruise around Double Lake on a day when the car thermometers were reading 99 degrees! Summer Solstice welcomed with recreated ancient observatory American Indian ancestors with staffupon arrival,ered and thousands of years "This is an extraordinary a command of mathematics, can't weather people," said built original astronomical If you can't make the old. The observatory, at an discovery," said Sanders, an geometry, and astronomy. Sanders. "The observatory site thousands of years ago event, please consider a fol- undisclosed site, spans near- archaeologist whose inclu- This configuration of rocks itself could be damaged, and Every day the Sun rises it low up story. This discovery ly 600 square feet. It con- sion of American Indianon the prairie requiredour elders don't want people impregnates Mother Earth. has a lasting impact on our tains rock placements that elders in studying the petro- extraordinary knowledge of on the site which is very -Dakota elder understanding of our ancient mark the winter .and summer glyphs at Jeffers has broad- mathematics and geometry." sacred. It is fragile, rare, and An ancient, astronomical peoples, solstices, the spring and fall ened the interpretation and While the observatory'sneeds protection. It is a mir- observatory, recently dis- Solstice at Minnesota'sequinoxes, several constel- sacred intent of the 5,000 configuration of rocks acle it survived. Our preser- covered and built on south- Ancient Observatory, June lations (including Cygnus or known, ancient carvings at records several major astro- vation action is to leave it as western Minnesota prairie 17 and 18, 2016: the Swan) and other astro- the site. "Indian elders and nomical events, Sandersit is." thousands of years ago by The event begins at 7:30 nomical events, archaeologists who havebelieves the observatory's The replica observatory American Indian ancestors, p.m., Friday, June 17, 2016 The group will welcomejoined me in studying this focus is on the winter sol- will be built on restored prai- will be replicated in a two- with Jeffers site manager the sun at Jeffers the next observatory agree that this is stice. "In a snow covered rie that is part of the Jeffers day public event on June 17 Tom Sanders discussing morning at 5 a.m., Saturday, not a random group of rocks northern climate it would Petroglyphs site. The replica and 18, 2016 at the Jeffers the ancient observatory's June 18 to observe the sum- but was an intentionally cre- be important to have a way will remain on the site and Petroglyphs historic site near discovery, and the study, mer solstice through the ated, sacred space." to determine when spring is will become part of the Comfrey, Minn. documentation and science alignments of the observato- Sanders noted that "thecoming," said Sanders. "The Jeffers experience. Future Please consider covering that confirmed its purpose, ry they have recreated, ancient observatory provides sunrise that lines up with the events at the solstice and this amazing story. Site Participants will take a tour Event participation isinsight into how our ances- winter solstice rock farina- equinox will be planned. manager Tom Sanders is of the petroglyphs, ancient included with site admission tars thought, how sophis- tion tells you that it is time Please see more infor- available for phone or on site American Indian carvings of $8 for adults, $6 for sen- ticated they were in their to do certain ceremonies, and mation on the ancient rock interviews. Members of the made over a span of 7,000 iors, college students and thinking. It really illustrates when to begin preparations carvings and recent con- media and tribal leadership years on a quartzite outcrop- children ages 5-17, free for how intelligent and thought- for the next season." servation efforts at Jeffers and staffs are welcome to ping that divides the prairie, children age 4 and under and ful the American IndianWhy build a replica? "The Petrogplyphs and find direc- attend the event or to visit As the sun sets, the group MNHS members. The event ancients were. Traditional original is in a place where tions and a map http://www. later in the season. Cameras will replicate the original is recon]mended for school academic thought is that there are rare prairie plants, are welcome, please check in observatory, recently discov- age thr0 gh seniors, only the ancient Greeks had endangered species that written up for a problem this is a chronic problem of "1 O U n C I From page 1 with one of the inline heat- smaller units of govern- ers. Otherwise everything ment. However the city has else went well. taken steps to help resolve The council approved the problem. could make arrangements to A building permit was pay it off. granted to Duane's Body the audit of the CityAlan Wahl talked about Financial Statement from the city park being alcohol Dan Joel from the Shop to install a cover over last year. City Clerk Katie free except by express con- Westbrook Ambulance a part of his property on Steen told the council, the dition by the city council. Association requestedFourth Street. city was under budget in approval to purchase a new City Clerk told the coun- several areas, but it will May Police Report: computer billing system. He cil the pool inspector was said the hospital has agreed there to check the pool. The likely not be as pretty next Two arrests were made; to pay a portion of the cost water was slightly over the year. Department of Corrections The only thing the coun- drug violation; one ticket of $5,800. Phelps said I recommended level for cil was not in compliance of issued; security at the cam- don't know that we need to chlorine, but with the new approve that, as it is a nec- state guidelines we passed, was Segregation of munity center. Financial Duties. Although essary item of expense. Although the city did get Thomas told the council if there is something you need changed just let me know. Gary Larson who owns a parcel of land in the old trailer court asked the coun- cil if they would eliminate or reduce the assessment on the property on the two lots. He is currently keeping the properties mowed. The council agreed to reduce the assessment to $500 and he in the Classified ads Sentinel Tribune Ph.507-274-6136 1-800-410-1859 f To see your business featured here.. Call Joan at 507.274.6136 or 800-4 I0-1859 Starting June 20 I tzr's P TI I y, June 19 11:00am- 1:00pm St. Anthony Church Serving: pancakes, sausage, eggs Sponsored by the Youth of St. Anthony We strive to be the best place in town to have a drink, play pool or darts and meet friends, old and new. With an immense cocktail list; outstanding munchies and a fun, casual atmosphere, it's a scene away from the usual bar scene. 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