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Summer public fossil digs announced

The North Dakota Geological Survey’s paleontology department announced Wednesday the dates and locations of its summer 2014 public fossil digs, including two in southwest North Dakota.

Each site will highlight a different period of North Dakota’s geologic time, according to a press release.

“What started in the year 2000 to help promote tourism in the state has really grown to an overall educational experience for people of all ages,” state Paleontologist John Hoganson said in the release. “People from 26 states and several foreign countries have attended, but so have curious North Dakotans.”

Costs vary by trip. The locations are:

- July 14 to 20, Whiskey Creek.

- July 22 to 24, Bismarck.

- July 26 to Aug. 2, Marmarth.

- Aug. 11 to Aug. 17, Medora.