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Locals celebrate Box Boxing Day at Agate Fossils Range

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People in the panhandle gathered at the Agate Fossil Beds National Monument to continue a ranch holiday tradition that began in the 70s.

Nearly 100 people were on hand celebrating the British and Canadian holiday Boxing Day.

Dorothy Meade, the granddaughter of James Cook who founded the monument, was married to a Canadian. The couple spent time in Canada before moving to Nebraska.

When Meade returned to the Agate ranch, she wanted to entertain locals and celebrate Boxing Day.

On Thursday, rangers of the Agate Fossil Beds collected non-perishable items and continued that tradition of entertaining locals.

Park Ranger Mark Hertig spoke about Dorothy Meade.

"She use to invite people from this rural community to come to the house and tell stories and have some snacks and just enjoy socializing during the cold part of the year." Said Hertig.

Rangers say over the years the ranch has been a great gathering place for scientists, Native Americans and the people of western Nebraska.

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