Gold Fever !!!           

 Tomah Wisconsin GPAA Chapter – December, 2014


Welcome to the 2014 GOLD FEVER Newsletter.  Another year, another gold prospecting opportunity.  If you have not tried to find gold, you need to give it a try.  Let us know if you need help to get started, there are many people with experience that the help you.

The Tomah, Wisconsin GPAA Chapter newsletter is your newsletter, please let me know what you would like to see in it, we hope to bring you more information in the coming year.   I hope you enjoy the information and articles included in this newsletter.   You can receive this Newsletter by mail, by either attended a meeting, or sent a book of stamps for postage.  

We are also always looking for speakers, we need to help out our great president (Mike Fait).  He has been putting the programs together with very little help.  If you have taken a trip or just have a story about somewhere, we would like to hear about it.  You do NOT need to be an expert speaker; everyone likes to hear about what other members are doing.

Do not forget the Newsletter and pictures can always be found at:

President’s Message

  I'm still deer hunting Wednesday, 4 days of hunting and have yet to see a deer.

 Great meeting last month I am always interested in what people find metal detecting. What do they find is a treasure and what is junk. It changes with the detectors.  I like coins and rings. Thank you Steve Miller for showing us your finds and telling us about your trip to Virginia.

Remember to bring a dish to pass for each meeting the club will supply drinks and meat.

 The club is going to do a joint outing to S. Dakota next summer the date is still to be determined.

 Dec (I think on the 17th) the Weather Channel will start this seasons prospecting shows more gems from the mountains. Now all I have to do is catch up on two episodes of Gold Rush.

                                                                See you at the meetings Mike



Tomah Wisconsin GPAA Chapter Minutes November, 2014

Old Business:                                                                                                                                                              

The November meeting was held at the Town Hall at the Town of Lagrange, 22731 Flint Ave. on Route #21 west of Tomah Wisconsin on November 15th,, 43 members and guests attended the November meeting.

Mike Flint has resigned the position of State Director.

The speaker was Steve Miller, who spoke on metal detecting and had many examples of what he has found.  He talked extensively about Relic Hunting in West Virginia.   The best bet is to ask to hunt on private property because most on the public land hunting is prohibited.  If you would be interested in going on a relic hunt, look it up on the computer at “”.  (Be sure to enter the web site correctly, because “” is a porn site.)

Marathon county prospecting ban was talked about.  See the full law later in this newsletter.  

New Business:

December’s meeting will be on the 3rd Saturday of December on the 20th at 1:00 pm at the Town Hall at the Town of Lagrange, 22731 Flint Ave. on Route #21 west of Tomah Wisconsin.   Please bring a dish to pass for lunch.   This will be our Christmas Meeting.  If you would like a gift, please bring a gift.

A joint prospecting trip to South Dakota is being planned for 2015 with the Wausau chapter. No dates have been set yet.

December’s Meeting - Bring a gift, get a gift - If you would like to participate in a gift exchange, bring a un-sex gift (wrapped), valued at around $10.00.  If you bring a gift, you will receive a ticket, the tickets will be randomly picked, and you can choose your gift from the gift table.


Donations to the raffle were from:  Dave Bender, Bev Bender, Larry Bender, Emily Morrison, Mike Fait, John Schwingle, Diane & Bill North, Robert Wysocky, Jack Card, and Val Thompson - hope I didn't miss anyone.


 50/50 raffle winner – Rodney Kenyon

Gold raffle winners: Gold nugget Wanda Buckland-riel, Pay Dirt – Larry Ehrenberg

Special raffle: Richard Niemyiski

 Gold Price on 11/27/14 was $1,190.80                Silver Price on 11/27/14 was $16.35

 Respectfully submitted by Diane North – Newsletter Editor

 Hello Prospecting Friends,

What a wonderful turnout we had!  Lots of chatter and hugs to go around!  Good food, good friends, and a warm place to gather in.  And having all the young prospectors there was fun.  They soon will be in our shoes sharing what we have taught them.

A Big thanks to Steve Miller for coming to talk to us.  I hope everyone took time to see the “finds” he brought in.  What I found interesting is the fact that his ‘finds” were a part of someone’s life.

And a Big “Richard always wins” and "Lucky Dave” wisn again.

Have a Wonderful family filled Thanksgiving…  Jeanne Marie Morrison – Secretary


Marathon County – Ordinance #0-17-14


WHEREAS, sec. 28.11(3)(b), Wis. Stats, authorizes the county to “[e]stablish regulations for the use of county forests by the public and to provide penalties for their enforcement”; and                              WHEREAS, sec.27.05(1), Wis. Stats., authorizes the county to “improve maintain and govern all county parks”; and                                                                                                                           WHEREAS, Marathon County has previously enacted sec. 16.08(7) and sec. 19.04(1) of the General Code of Ordinances prohibiting destruction county forest and park property; and                          WHEREAS, the State of Wisconsin has prohibited the collection of rocks, mineral, and fossil material in state natural areas, state parks and state wild rivers, pursuant to sec. NR 45.04 Wisconsin Administrative Code; and                                                                                                                      WHEREAS, the Marathon County Park Commission, the Marathon County Forestry and Recreation Committee, and the Marathon County Environmental Resources Committee (ERC) have studied the practice of recreational prospecting; and WHEREAS, the ERC has been advised by County Corporation Counsel that the current ordinances protecting county forest and park land provide inadequate notice to person participating in recreational prospecting that their activity would be considered a violation of the ordinance; and                                                                                                                             WHEREAS, at its meeting on October 8, 2014, the ERC reviewed and approved the attached amendments to the ordinance referenced above to prohibit recreational prospecting and other similar similar activities, such as fossil collecting or collection of archeological artifacts, which can cause damage to Marathon County Forests and Parks.                                                                                      NOW THEREFORE, BE IT HEREBY ORDAINED by the Board of Supervisors o the County of Marathon that hereby amends sec. 16.08(7) and sec. 19.04(1) of the General Code of Ordinances pursuant to the attached.                                                                                                                                     BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED AND RESOLVED that said ordinances shall be effective upon passage and publication as prescribed by law.                                                                                                            Dated the 21st day of October, 2014.

MAY THERE BE GOLD IN EVERY PAN !!!!       0511-1001-1705-4846_Old_Prospector_Panning_for_Gold_clipart_image

  Officers – all officers were re-elected for 2015.


President – Michael Fait ( 715-384-9265

Vice-President – Gary Morrison 715-316-2160

Secretary – Jeanne Morrison 715-316-2160

Newsletter Editor - Diane North ( 608-635-7031

Treasure – Gayle Fait ( 715-384-9265

Outing Chairman – Richard Niemyjski ( 608-637-3295

Claims Director – Richard Niemyjski ( 608-637-3295

State Director – Mike Flint ( 608-372-0694

Upcoming Events

Dec 6, 2014 - Wausau Prospector Meeting – Cedar Creek Mall – Meeting & Christmas Party - 11:00 am

Dec 20, 2014 - Tomah Club Meeting at Town of LaGrange Town Hall – Meeting & Christmas Party - at 1:00 pm

Jan 3, 2015 – Wausau Prospector Meeting – Program: Finding diamonds in the Midwest.

Jan 17, 2015 - Tomah Club Meeting at Town of LaGrange Town Hall – at 1:00 pm

Feb 7, 2015 – Wausau Prospector Meeting – Program:  Gold Prospecting in Alaska.

April/May – Tomah Club Spring Outing – Metal Detecting – Goose Island, Fishing Camp.


Wisconsin Area Clubs

Greenbush Wisconsin GPAA Chapter – holds their meetings on the 2nd Saturday of each month at 3:00 pm in the Greenbush Town Hall, N644 Sugarbush Rd, Greenbush Wi. – Contact: Ron Smith 920-207-4092

Midstate Metal Detecting Club – meets every 3rd Wednesday at 7:00 pm at Shooters Bar and Restaurant at the intersection of Hwy 39 and 54, next to the Shell Station.  Contact: Steve Miller 715-572-1845

Wausau Prospectors – meets the 1st Saturday of the month at 11:00 am in the community room at Cedar Creek Mall next to I-39 just north of Gander Mountain.  Take I-39 exit 185.  Contact:  Kurt Bublitz 715-340-2831 or e-mail

Wisconsin Northwoods Adventures GPAA Chapter – holds their meetings on the 2nd Saturday of every month at 11:00 am, at Rice Lake Regional Airport located west of Cameron and west of hwy53 on 19th St., Rice Lake, Wi.  Contact: Mike Wiersma 715-833-7603