Thursday, May 05, 2016

The piece of petrified rock that has been at St. Mary's Church grounds since 1949 has been moved to the Lake Wobegon Trail head at Holdingford.

John Ebnet’s grandfather, Rienhard Vos, was the original owner of the land where it was found on his farm two miles west and 1/2 mile south of Holdingford.

The approximately 5 foot by 2.5 foot rock was found in a ravine on the southwestern edge of the land. It was brought the St. Mary's Church grounds, by Frank Ebnet, and  George Vos- in 1949.

Dr Larry, Davis, professor of Geology at St. John's University, verified it was petrified wood.

Carrie Jennings of the University of Minnesota Geological Survey said this was the largest piece of petrified wood that she has ever heard of or seen in Minnesota.