Archaeologist investigates vanished cemetery

Published 10:56 am Thursday, December 13, 2012

HERMAN — Minnesota’s state archaeologist is investigating the disappearance of a pioneer cemetery near Herman.

Scott Anfinson said he used Department of Natural Resources aerial photos and satellite mapping to confirm that the Boerner family cemetery was gone.

Anfinson said he drove by the site recently and clearly could see the changes.

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Anfinson was notified not long after the cemetery’s disappearance was reported to the Grant County sheriff.

The sheriff was called after members of the family discovered that trees had been cleared and tombstones moved.

Sheriff Dwight Walvatne said there’s no indication that the graves themselves were disturbed.

Anfinson said there is a public record of the cemetery, which dates to the late 1800s. He said he’ll likely return in the spring to help restore the cemetery.