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Dakota Datebook: Digging up Bones


June 24, 2019

June 25, 2019 — “Digging up bones, I’m digging up bones. I’m exhuming things that are better left alone.”

These are lyrics from one of Randy Travis’ hit songs about heartache and lost love. Of course, this song wasn’t out on this day in 1915, but had it been, it just might have been on the lips of Leo Verhulehn as he literally dug up bones.

Verhulehn had bought property between Niagara and Shawnee and was digging a cellar on this day, June 25, 1915, when he uncovered six skeletons covered by six feet of earth. Five of the skeletons appeared to be those of adults and the other...

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