Learn about rock hunting in central Minnesota

Sauk Rapids rock collector Lyndon D. Johnson will share his passion for rock hunting in central Minnesota at the Stearns History Museum at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 21.

Johnson has been collecting agates, fossilized coral, and quartz for about 17 years. He has one of the world’s largest personally found Lake Superior agate collections in the world. In 2012 he authored a book entitled, “Lake Superior Agates: What To Look For.”

“Rock hunting is great exercise, and can give you an adrenaline rush when you stumble onto a great find,” said Johnson. “Minnesota has lots to offer the rock hound. Fossils, crystals, petrified wood, agates, and ancient artifacts from both the Vikings and the Native Americans., not to mention gold, and possibly even diamonds and meterorites.

“One thing I have found out is that you never know what you’re going to find. You find things you don’t expect, such as old horse shoes, stainless Schrade multiple pocket tools, money, tools, old cans and bottles and, of course, a golf ball or two.”

Johnson will tell stories of rock collecting, the history of agates, and offer tips for the beginner rock hound.

The Museum Store has Johnson’s book and small agates available for purchase. This event is free to members; non-members $5.