A bomb dog was called in to investigate what turned out to be a geocache box on Wednesday, May 8, on the outskirts of Dakota. At 5 p.m. a group of people cutting trees felled a maple tree and found a metal gun box stashed inside the hollow trunk of the tree. The people called deputies reporting the suspicious object, fearing it could be an explosive. Deputies responded to the scene and called in a bomb dog from La Crosse, which did not indicate the box contained explosives. According to the report, the Sheriff and a deputy then bravely opened the box and found a note that read: “Congratulations! You’ve found...” The box also contained several small children’s toys, puzzles, and games.
Geocaching is an activity where participants use a GPS device to locate hidden boxes containing some kind of prize at given coordinates. Sheriff’s Office officials said they later learned that ammo and gun boxes are commonly used for geocaches because they are weatherproof.