In editing a video story about Jordie's Trailside Cafe this week, we discovered we didn't have a good image of a cross rock. Staurolite is a relatively uncommon mineral formation that occurs only in a few places, one of them right here in Minnesota, at Blanchard Dam. It forms uniquely shaped "cross rocks" that are highly collectible. The rocks can be "panned" in the Mississippi River, and Jordie's provides panning gear for guests, as they are a short bike ride away on the Soo Line Trail. So it became important to have a picture to go with our story.
If cross rocks (and good pictures of them) are uncommon, one thing that Minnesota has plenty of is helpful people. We are very appreciative of the willing assistance we received from the staff at Royalton Museum, and the Little Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau further upstream, who helped us find an image we could use!
Be sure and watch the story about Jordie's in the next episode of Lakes Country Living, or watch for the video on our YouTube Channel at LakesCountryTV.