Kids invited early for special activities

Jessie Rock, a paleontologist and geology lecturer at North Dakota State University, loves rocks.

Saber tooth cat skull.

 “We live in the bottom of a glacial lake, so students who are interested in rocks and geology are pretty limited here,” she said. Over one hundred feet of glacial till pretty much covered up the bedrocks. But Jessie has expanded her interest in rocks to include fossils, especially ice age fossils. 

With a mammoth tusk slung over her shoulder, she will bring a pop-up mobile museum to the Pelican Rapids Library on Thursday, January 24 at 6:00 p.m. 

 She will have a small collection of ice-age fossils and casts including the woolly mammoth tusk, a giant ground sloth claw, and the skull from a short-faced bear. Children can participate in Paleo-passport activities and learn about the species that roamed Earth millions of years ago, like sloths, mammoths, and dinosaurs. 

Kids at the program will be able to earn a Jr. Paleontologist book and badge between 6 and 7 p.m. 

Speaker Jessie Rock is guest for a special program on paleontology at the library Jan. 24.

At 7 p.m, the annual meeting of the Glacial Minnesota Woman organization will begin. 

Jessie Rock will talk a little about the work she has been doing on the soil samples that were taken by the Minnesota Geological Survey this last fall at the Minnesota Woman monument site. She will also talk about her dreams for a Science Museum in the Fargo/Moorhead area. That museum could include an expanded exhibit about Minnesota Woman. 

The GMWO annual meeting will continue with an update on the plans for the Monument site. The meeting will finish with the secretary’s and treasurers report from the 2018 annual meeting, and nominations from the community to fill two new positions on the GMWO board.

Bring your kids and spend an evening learning a little more about the ancient history of the Pelican Rapids area and participating in the next steps of the Glacial Minnesota Woman Organizaton to uncover and publicize that history on January 24 at 6:00 p.m. at the Pelican Rapids Library.