by Jerry Zgoda
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Inspired by a hole in her kitchen floor that she needed to fill, a Minneapolis woman is making a business out of making replicas of geological survey markers that designate the nation's (and the world's) most famous peaks. Betty Risser, a longtime employee in Dayton's alterations department takes climbers' photographs, brass rubbings and other submissions and turns images of the survey markers into commemorative paperweights, pins and zipper pulls. Among the product line for her Geographic Locations International company: survey markers for the summits of Grand Teton in Wyoming, Mt. Whitney in California, Mt. McKinley in Alaska, Mount Washington in New Hampshire, Pike's Peak in Colorado and the geographic South Pole. Introductory prices: Pins and zipper pulls (1-inch diameter) are $8, paperweights (3 ¼" diameter) are $25 and come in a fleece sack. Call 612-781-1417 or 800-436-7488 for information.