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Minnesota's Dakota Conflict, Nature's Notebook, and Comparative Religion

Program Number: 8917RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/4/2014 - 5/9/2014; 9/14/2014 - 9/19/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Slayton, Minnesota
Price starting at: $528.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Multi-Topic; History & Culture
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Fat; Gluten Free; Low Salt    

Activity Particulars

Minimal walking and standing on this program.



Coordinated by Augustana Coll/Shetek Lutheran Ministries.



Dakota Conflict, Coteau Country And Peace Pipes

Hear authentic stories of Buffalo Ridge (Coteau) and this beautiful prairie/lake country. Enjoy field trips to the sacred red quarries at Pipestone National Monument, the End-O-Line Railroad Park and other areas involved in the Dakota Conflict.



Nature's Notebook

Investigate the Buffalo Ridge wind generators, the sacred Dakota pipe, local agriculture in the 21st century, regional entomology and birds of southwest Minnesota. Prairie restoration is discussed during the field trip to Dakota Conflict sites.



Comparative Religion: Christianity, Islam, Judaism

Explore the history of these major religions from their inception to their place in societies and cultures today. These three faiths have much to say about contemporary cultural struggles. Partake in lively discussions.




Slayton

Settled in southwest Minnesota, Slayton was one of the early railroad towns. Just 10 miles north is Lake Shetek State Park, where you can find a restored pioneer cabin and a monument to settlers killed in the Dakota Conflict of 1862. Half an hour further north is the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum, dedicated to the author of the “Little House” books.



Accommodations
Attractive guest rooms are spacious and take advantage of the view. Staff is dedicated to making your stay as enjoyable as possible. Lake fishing and walking trails available on-site.
Meals and Lodgings
   Lake Shetek Retreat Center
  Slayton, MN 5 nights
 Lake Shetek Retreat Center
Type: Conference Center
  Description: Beautiful lakefront retreat center with high comfort rooms and meeting rooms.
  Contact info: Shetek Lutheran Ministries
14 Keeley Island Dr
Slayton, MN 56172 USA
phone: 500-776-3356 x7
web: www.shetek.org
  Room amenities: Rooms are private, with bath, sinks in rooms, linen, soap provided.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior:  Additional nights not available.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after:  Additional nights not available.
  Check out time: 1:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:00 PM Registration at retreat center. You will be staying at Lake Shetek Retreat Center that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends with lunch 12:00 PM. You will be staying at Lake Shetek Retreat Center the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Completed health form returned to Program Coordinator prior to arrival. Valid photo ID such as driver's license.
  Parking availability:
Free on-site parking.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Slayton, MN
  Nearest highway: Hwy 49.
  Nearest airport:  Joe Foss Field (FSD), Sioux Falls, SD.
  From End of Program
  Location: Slayton, MN
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Sioux Falls

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Lake Shetek Retreat Center
phone: 507-763-3567

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$25
Prices are subject to change.

 
Driving Directions
  From the East off Interstate 90 (From Austin, MN) I-90 West to MN State Highway 59, North on Highway 59 to 9 miles north of Slayton, MN, Turn right (East) on Valhalla Dr. or County #13, Follow signs to Shetek Lutheran Ministries
  From the East off MN State Highway #14 (From the Twin Cities) Highway #14 West to MN State Highway 59, South on Highway 59 for 9 miles, Turn left (East) on Valhalla Dr. or County #13, Follow signs to Shetek Lutheran Ministries
  From the West (Sioux Falls, SD) I-90 East to Hwy 91 (Adrian), North to Lake Wilson, East on Hwy 30 to Slayton, Hwy 59 North to Co 13, East 2 miles to Keeley Island.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival and Registration/Program Overview
(Sunday, May 4)
   
 Afternoon: Day one will begin with registration at 4:00 p.m. and time to move in.
 Dinner: Dinner in the Dakota Dining Hall.
 Evening: An evening get-acquainted time and introduction to the week's program.
   
Accommodations: Lake Shetek Retreat Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Native Americans & Comparative Religion/Currie Railroad and History Museum/Southwest Minnesota History
(Monday, May 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the Dakota Dining Hall.
 Morning: Class # 1 - Comparative Religion. Class # 2 - Early American History and Dakota Conflict
 Lunch: Lunch in the Dakota Dining Hall.
 Afternoon: Field trip to Currie Railroad and History Museum.
 Dinner: Dinner in the Dakota Dining Hall.
 Evening: Railroads and Hobos led by Louise Gervais
   
Accommodations: Lake Shetek Retreat Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Great Oasis and Bear Lake and Comparative Religion/Pipestone National Monument/Southwest Minnesota History
(Tuesday, May 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the Dakota Dining Hall.
 Morning: Class # 1 - Comparative Religion. Class # 2 - Early American History and Dakota Conflict
 Lunch: Lunch in the Dakota Dining Hall.
 Afternoon: Field trip to Pipestone National Monument.
 Dinner: Dinner in the Dakota Dining Hall.
 Evening: Draining of the Great Oasis led by Janet Timmerman
   
Accommodations: Lake Shetek Retreat Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Agriculture & Comparative Religion/Danebod Folk School and Museum/Southwest Minnesota History
(Wednesday, May 7)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the Dakota Dining Hall.
 Morning: Class # 1 - Comparative Religion. Class # 2 - Early American History and Dakota Conflict
 Lunch: Lunch in the Dakota Dining Hall.
 Afternoon: Field trip to Danebod Folk School and Museum, then to a Southwest Minnesota wind generators.
 Dinner: Dinner in the Dakota Dining Hall.
 Evening: Laura Ingalls Wilder and Little House on the Prairie led by Jesse James
   
Accommodations: Lake Shetek Retreat Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Insects and Agriculture/Lake Shetek State Park/Southwest Minnesota History
(Thursday, May 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the Dakota Dining Hall.
 Morning: Class # 1 - Comparative Religion. Class # 2 - Early American History and Dakota Conflict
 Lunch: Lunch in the Dakota Dining Hall.
 Afternoon: Field trip and guided tour of Lake Shetek settler sites during the 1862 Dakota Conflict. Also, visit Lake Shetek State Park.
 Dinner: Dinner in the Dakota Dining Hall.
 Evening: Insects and Agriculture led by Lee French
   
Accommodations: Lake Shetek Retreat Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Birding & Comparative Religion/Departure
(Friday, May 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the Dakota Dining Hall.
 Morning: Class # 1 - Comparative Religion. Class # 2 -Birds in Southwest Minnesota
 Lunch: Lunch in the Dakota Dining Hall.
 Afternoon: Independent departures after lunch.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Slayton, MN Minnesota Tourism
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