New tests confirm Lake Minnetonka canoe is 1,000 years old

  • Article by: KELLY SMITH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 11, 2014 - 11:05 AM
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New tests reveal that this dugout canoe, found in Lake Minnetonka in 1934 and thought to date from the 1750s, is almost 1,000 years old. “It totally shocked us,” said Russ Ferrin, left.

Photo: Brian Peterson • brian.peterson@startribune.com,

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  • Aided by a severe drought, Helmer and Gustave Gunnarson discovered the canoe in 1934. It was in front of their family’s dock on the North Arm of Lake Minnetonka, about 90 feet from the shoreline.

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    Go to bit.ly/Q5FJrX to view Maritime Heritage Minnesota’s full report on Minnesota’s eight dugout canoes.

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    When: Open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays

    More details: Free admission. More info is at Western Hennepin County Pioneers Association website: whcpa-museum.org

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