Bigfoot mania is sweeping the Cass Lake Area as several sightings of the creature were reported this summer, and new stories continue to circulate. The Cass Lake Times January 15th issue led with a front page headline and article by Daniel LeClaire.
The article talks about how the popular History Channel program MonsterQuest was filming in Cass Lake last September and producers say the program will be shown sometime in the first quarter of 2009. Two local Bigfoot “investigators” Don Sherman and Bob Olson made several visits with the camera crew to the scene of a July 23rd incident in rural Staples, MN. Apparently hair samples have been taking by the show for analysis that were found in the front grille of a vehicle of the witness of that sighting. Bullets also were fired and wood from trees struck by the bullets are being tested for DNA.
The most recent sightings was on November 19th along Highway 2 just west of Ball Club. A college student traveling between Bemidji and Duluth about 6:30 pm witnesses what she thought was Bigfoot and immediately texted her father about the sighting. On the same day at approx. the same time Kit Blum of Deer River was driving from his father’s house to his home and saw something like he’d never seen before pass through his high beam headlights. His description was a dark, grey face, hairless, with a shiny or waxy appearance, a small nose and human like lips. It swung its arms rapidly as it moved towards the woods near Lake Lillian. Don Sherman and Bob Olson investigated the area and interviewed the witness. They did find a deer carcass with its spine intact hanging high in a tree and felt that no animal could have placed it that high in the tree. And by the witness’s description and account they do believe it was a credible sighting.
Bigfoot is also known as Sasquatch and goes back hundreds of years in American Indian beliefs. In Objibwe, the word for Bigfoot is “bugwayjinini” meaning “wild man”. Indians believe Bigfoot was sent by the creator long ago to guide and care for the Indian people and to give warnings…especially of impending sickness. Within the past 2 years there has been about 20 documented sightings across Northeast Minnesota alone.
Keith Matson of Deer River is a retired US Forest Service Inventory Technician who worked the forests of Northeast Minnesota for 28 years. He is familiar with the stories and has contact with many forest service professionals. He claims there is absolutely no evidence to support the believer’s claims.
Feel free to posts any stories you have heard regarding the Bigfoot lore of Northern MN.