Gold Fever !!!           

 Tomah Wisconsin GPAA Chapter – February, 2015


Welcome to the 2015 GOLD FEVER Newsletter.  Another year, another gold prospecting opportunity.   

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

President’s Message

I would like to thank Gary Morrison for telling us about his tour of the Garrett Metal detector Factory in Texas and about prospecting in the area.

  If anyone else has taken a trip to a prospecting location and would be willing to share that with the club let me know. Hot all of us can get out to everywhere we would like to but I do like to hear about those places.

  The South Dakota trip is coming up in June of this year. Members are responsible for getting their own hotels or making their own camping arrangements for the weekend. If you can team up with other members that would save you some money for traveling and rooms. Ask around at the meetings if you would like to go with someone else and your schedule’s can match. I will be staying with Richard N. and Jeff H. on the trip.  The dig is at the Husker claim between Deadwood and Sturgis.

  The GPAA has a new show on TV called Gold Trails hosted by Kevin Hougland. Unfortunately it is not on any of the stations around here. But you can still see the show on line at www.goldprospectors,org/goldtrails. On Facebook at trails TV.  GPAA if you a GPAA member. You will have to log on and register if you haven't already done so.

  This month Dean Race is coming to talk about his gold dredging camp near Chicken AK. I have been there and it is quiet and adventure. You get to keep all the gold you find. Dean has a camp set up and all the equipment all you have to do is get to Fairbanks and his crew will do the rest. You will need a wet suit and your personal Items sleeping bag. He will give you a list of everything included and what you have to bring yourself.

                                                       Hope to see you at the meeting Mike Fait


Upcoming Events

Feb 21, 2015 - Tomah Club Meeting at Town of LaGrange Town Hall – at 1:00 pm – Program: Gold Prospecting in Alaska – Dean Race

Mar 7, 2015 – Wausau Prospector Meeting – NO MEETING – Klondike Days in Eagle River, Wi.

Mar 21, 2015 - Tomah Club Meeting at Town of LaGrange Town Hall – at 1:00 pm – Program: Bob Mandoli will be in to talk about copper hunting in the U.P.

April 4, 2015 – Wausau Prospector Meeting – Program:  Gold Panning & Rock Collecting in South Dakota

May 16, 2015– Tomah Club Spring Outing – Metal Detecting – metal detecting hunt no meeting in Tomah.

June 5, 6, 7, 2015 – South Dakota Husker #1 GPAA Claim Outing by Wausau GPAA Chapter.

June 20, 2015 – Tomah Club Meeting – NO MEETING

July 18, 2015 - Tomah Club Meeting at Town of LaGrange Town Hall – at 1:00 pm

August 15, 2015 – Nugget Lake County Park Outing.



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 – Open


Tomah Wisconsin GPAA Chapter Minutes January, 2015

Old Business:                                                                                                                                                              

The January meeting was held at the Town Hall at the Town of Lagrange, 22731 Flint Ave. on Route #21 west of Tomah Wisconsin on January 17th, 28 members and guests attended the January meeting.

Thank you to Gary Morrison for his trip stories from Texas & Oklahoma.  The tour through the Garrett Factory, is a tour not to be missed if in the area.   Also the information about the K River Campground, north of Antlers OK, was very interesting.  If you would like more information there web site is of phone (580)298-2442.

 New Business:

February’s meeting will be on the 3rd Saturday of February on the 21st 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.    

Speaker will be Dean Race about his Gold Prospecting in Alaska.  Dean always brings a lot of pictures and information about prospecting in Alaska.


Donations to the raffle were from:   Larry Bender, Richard Niemyjski, Diane & Bill North, Gary & Jeanne Morison, Wayne Ellison, Diane Collins, Steve Miller, Jack J Jasinski, Kim Mickelson and Dave Bender - hope I didn't miss anyone.


50/50 raffle winner – Steve Miller

Gold raffle winners: Gold nugget - Gary Morrison, Pay Dirt – Merlin Meyer, Gem Bag – Mike Fait

Richard Niemyjski – 2014 Detecting Finds

1922 Peace Dollar, 1976 Ike Dollar, 61 Clad Quarters, 88 Clad Dimes, 38 Nickels (1 was 1907) 276 Pennies

4 Silver Quarters, 19 Silver Dimes, 59 Wheat Pennies, 3 Indian Pennies (1903, 1904, & 1906) 

2 Silver rings, 13 gram 12k gold chain, 1 58 cal. Rim fire complete bullet, 1 Silver ear ring, Copper nails, & small copper teddy 

For Sale:   

Bob Mandoli has a Minelab SD2300 for sale with 10hrs of use with charger for $2800 (920)843-1727

Gold Price on 2/1/15 was $1,293.10                Silver Price on 2/1/15 was $17.23

 Respectfully submitted by Diane North – Newsletter Editor

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


These two stories will be published in the Feb/March Pick & Shovel Gazette and are now online. If you read them, you will be better able understand what is happening with both dredging court cases in California and the important role of Public Lands for the People and other mining rights groups have played in the legal wrangle.  

Miners win federal preemption battle: California Superior Court judge rules against state’s ‘scheme’ to ban dredging

Mining legend leaves legacy of hope: PLP President Jerry Hobbs dead at 71


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