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Agates are the lure in moose lake

The most interesting portion of the Agate Stampede in Moose Lake Saturday was all the pregame talk along Elm Street about strategy. Some vow to wait back and snatch the loot others miss after the two dump trucks unload their haul of rocks along the two, long, people-packed, blocks of the downtown street. Some get ready to dash right in, water bottle in hand to better discern the precious rocks from the ordinary.

There are all levels of bucket sophistication (some with built-in sifters) and apparatus to ply the rocks. Some go for the super-shiny stuff first, the coins tossed into the mix. Perha...