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June 1, 2010 Vancouver, British Columbia. Appleton Exploration Inc. (AEX – TSX.V) has commenced a follow up surface trenching program at its Manalo Gold Project in the Republic of Mali, West Africa. This program will focus on the northern and southern segments of the Dialafara Z one and on the Mansaya Zone. Key trenching at this stage will expose the corridors of mineralization in strategic parts of these zones for added grade continuity and structural data to solidify interpretations of drill intercepts.

The trenching program will comprise of approximately 400 metres for the Dialafara Zone; 200 metres in the Northern Segment and 200 metres in the Southern Segment. The Mansaya trenching program will be approximately 200 metres.

Appleton completed 37 reverse circulation (RC) holes totaling 4,300 metres and 67 air core holes totaling 3,771 metres at Dialafara in March and April 2010. Assay results are pending. The last drill program completed at Mansaya was the spring 2008 program conducted by Delta Exploration Inc.

Drilling to date on the Manalo Property totals over 32,000 metres. Delta Exploration completed 15,474 metres in 159 holes over the entire property between 2006 and 2008. Appleton has completed three drill campaigns totaling 16,672 metres of Reverse Circulation and Aircore drilling in 232 holes, concentrating in the Dialafara Zone since May of 2009.

About Mali
Mali is the fastest growing gold producing country in Africa. Production in 2007 amounted to 2 million ounces of gold making Mali Africa's third-largest gold producer after South Africa and Ghana. AngloGold Ashanti Limited, one of the largest gold mining companies in the world, has interests in three operating mines in Mali: Sadiola, Yatela and Morila.

On Behalf of the Board of Directors,
"R. Tim Henneberry"
R.Tim Henneberry, P.Geo.
President and CEO

For further information, please contact: For Investor Relations Information contact:
Tim Henneberry:  (604) 694-0741 Contact Financial Corp. 604.689.7422 Toll Free 1.877.689.741

Paul Cowley, P.Geo., Director of Appleton Exploration Inc., is the Qualified Person as defined in National Instrument 43-101, who has reviewed and approved the technical content of this news release.

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