• Artist George Catlin recorded the quarrying activity at the pipestone quarries in 1836


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Proposed Entrance Fee Increase Meeting

(Rescheduled to 1/29/15, 3:00-7:00 pm) Full Press Release

Pipestone National Monument will hold a public meeting at the Performing Arts Center to receive comments concerning proposed entrance fee increases in 2015. The current monument entrance fees have been in place since 2004 when Congress passed the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (REA). The proposed increases affects the per person fee, and monument specific pass.

Per Person (7 Days)

Park Specific Annual Pass

Current Entrance Fees



Proposed Entrance Fees



To gather public comment on the proposed fee increases a public meeting, hosted by monument staff, will take place in the Pipestone Performing Arts Center lobby, 104 E Main St, Pipestone, MN 56164, from 3:00pm to 7:00pm on January 29, 2015.

If you are unable to attend this meeting you can provide feedback via the National Park Service Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website at the following link. http://parkplanning.nps.gov/pipeproposedfeeincrease. Written comments can also be sent to: Superintendent, Pipestone National Monument, 36 Reservation Ave., Pipestone MN 56164.


Entrance Fees waived during Martin Luther King Holiday

Superintendent Glen H. Livermont announced that, in honor of Martin Luther King Holiday, the Pipestone National Monument and other National Park Service (NPS) sites, around the country, will be offering fee-free entry into the parks on January 19, 2015.

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Pipestone National Monument Guest Speaker Series

Pipestone National Monument announces the first presentation in 2015's Guest Speaker Series at the Pipestone Performing Arts Center, Pipestone, Minnesota, on Saturday, January 31st, 2015 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Guest speaker, Tom Sanders, will present a lecture and slide show entitled "The Rich Cultural Landscape of Southwest Minnesota's Red Rock Ridge". If you enjoyed any of the previous 2014 events, please join us again in 2015.

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National Parks Contribute Billions to Economy

Released on Monday, the report from the National Park Service states that recreational visits to the 401 units of the National Park System in 2012 resulted in $14.7 billion in spending in "gateway" communities — those within 60 miles of a park. Factoring in the secondary effects of that spending, those expenditures supported 243,000 jobs and contributed $26.8 billion to the national economy. "Our parks are economic engines for local communities," said Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell. "They support business ranging from motels and restaurants to gas stations and tour companies and, of course, the people who work in those businesses."

Full Story: http://www.nbcnews.com/business/travel/national-parks-contribute-billions-economy-report-finds-n43431

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