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Kensington Rune stone topic of Feb. 12 presentation in Crosby

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Unlimited Learning will present the continuing debate regarding the authenticity of the Kensington Rune stone at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at the Heartwood Senior Living Center in Crosby.

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This stone with unintelligible cipher was found in 1898 by Olof Olman, a Swedish farmer, while clearing land in Solem Township near the town of Kensington, Minn. Initially, a linguist from the University of Wisconsin translated the cipher using clues from ancient runes seen carved in floors of religious temples in Catholic Sweden.

The message inscribed is dated 1392 describing a journey and the horrific ending.

In the early 20th century, the controversy continued while anthropologists and archeologists weighed in on both sides. Then in early 2000, the Minnesota History Center hired a team of experts, including a forensic petrologist (rock expert), to once again verify the authenticity of the stone.

Join Julian Greve, retired history teacher and Milo Oppegard, retired physics teacher, for a lively and thorough look at the evidence and the theories.

Cost is $5 for the public. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call Julian Greve at 218-927-6636.

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