Although the Grand Marais area did have snow in December, the relatively warm lake temperatures allowed rockhounds to agate hunt during most of the month. This 3.3 ounce agate was found by Jody Patton, from Curtis. She and her husband, Jim, dropped it off a couple of weeks ago and asked me to face polish it. Once I saw the specimen, I eagerly urged them to do so since it is a marvelous shadow agate. In the rough, you could tell that it would shadow but the optical quality was only fully visible through polishing. Congratulations, Jody, for finding this terrific Laker in December!

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