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Minnesota State Mankato Holds Forensic Workshop

Students dig for bones during crime scene workshop.

Molly Miles, KEYC-TV News, 8-10-2012

On the edge of campus, police tape blocks off a small section of land, and students cautiously dug into the earth. They weren't looking to catch a criminal, but rather a learning opportunity.

It's all part of a workshop at Minnesota State University, Mankato that gives students a chance get their hands dirty and learn about crime scenes involving human remains.

Minnesota State Mankato anthropologist Dr. Kathleen Blue says, "Kind of cover what skeletons can tell us about the individual and about the crime: if it was a crime, the circumstance itself."

The class consisted of college students, teachers looking to bring some hand on experience back to their classroom, and even law enforcement personnel, like Eric Strop with the Rochester Police Department.

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(Note: KEYC-TV's video stories are available for viewing online for a limited time.)

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