In July the Science Museum of Minnesota and Minnesota State University-Mankato excavated at the Ranelius site in Spring Lake Park near Hastings. The dig was funded by a grant through the Minnesota Historical Society funded by the states Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment.
The work was undertaken to supplement and expand upon research completed at the site in the 1950s by the Science Museum. Fieldwork was completed by the end of the third week of July. Ed Fleming, curator of archaeology at the Science Museum has been writing a blog on the project.