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July 30, 2000

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Washington Monument to reopen Monday

After a two-year restoration, the Washington Monument reopens to the public Monday.

The monument is open to visitors daily. Entry is controlled through timed-entry tickets. Free tickets will be distributed at the kiosk on the monument grounds (Metro: Smithsonian) each morning. Advance tickets are available through Ticketmaster (202) 432-7328 (service charges apply).

For information, call (202) 619-7222.

Fossil lovers willing to pay to work

Walhalla, N.D. -- People are paying good money to get sweaty, grimy and thirsty while they dig for 85 million-year-old fossils as part of a state-sponsored archaeology project.

Ten people -- each paying $75 per day or $200 for three days -- have come to the Pembina River Gorge seven miles northwest of here to dig up mosasaur, pleisiosaur, fish and bird fossils from the Cretaceous era.

The diggers -- with several fossil experts and other officials -- are excavating a slope of ancient volcano ash and shale high on the west side of the Pembina River Gorge

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