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Revisit 1862 at Lake Shetek S.P.

U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 remembered Aug. 17-19 at Lake Shetek State Park

The history and culture of people living near Lake Shetek during the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 will be the focus of a weekend event at Lake Shetek State Park, Aug. 17-19.

"Lake Shetek Revisited" will kick off on Friday, Aug. 17, with a program called "Sweet Dreams." Participants will learn the legend behind the Native American dreamcatcher and have the opportunity to make their own dreamcatcher to take home. It will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Picnic Grounds Amphitheater. There is no charge for the program.

The next day, on Saturday,

Aug. 18, a bus tour from 9 a.m. to noon will visit sites around the lake that were involved in the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. Participants will learn about the people who lived in the area and how their lives were affected 150 years ago. Pre-registration is required and a $5 per person fee will offset bus costs. Register by calling (507) 763-3256.

A program called "A Visitor from the Past" will be held Saturday evening at 8 p.m., at the Picnic Grounds Amphitheater. People can learn about the European settlers of Lake Shetek who had a dream of a new life. Meet Mrs. Lavina Eastlick, a settler from the past, as she shares how those dreams ended during a war that tragically took 14 lives at Lake Shetek. There is no charge to attend.

Throughout the weekend, the documentary "Return to Shetek: The Courage of the Foot Soldiers" will play continuously at the Lake Shetek State Park Interpretive Center. The documentary tells the heroic story of young Dakota men who made personal sacrifices to secure the release of European prisoners and safely transport them back to their people.

Lake Shetek State Park sits on more than 1,100 acres and is located north of Currie on County Road 38. It is 14 miles northeast of Slayton, 13 miles south of Tracy, and 33 miles southeast of Marshall. A vehicle permit ($5 daily or $25 year-around) is required to enter the park.

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