State’s Urban Legends: Minnesota

Minnesota is the “Land of 10,000 Lakes” and the home to Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox. But its also home to some pretty creepy urban legends too, don’cha know?

The Wendigo

Minnesota's urban legend will literally eat you alive.

A Wendigo.

What makes this legend a touch scarier is that there is an actual medical tern connected to it. It’s called “Wendigo Psychosis” and it applies to a patient displaying an intense craving for human flesh.

If you happen to be in Minnesota and give in to this affliction you become 15-foot-tall fiend, complete with fangs. You’ll spend your time roaming the woods in search of human flesh.

Now, if this appeals to you, for whatever reason, just know this first: There used to be Wendigo Hunters in Minnesota. There could easily be more of them out there too.


The Hairy Man

He’s eight-feet tall, barefoot, hairy and smells really bad. But he usually confines himself to the Vergas Trail so avoid this place and you’ll likely never encounter him.

One man did, while driving home from the woods. Before he could get clear, the Hairy Man lept onto the hood of his car and pounded away on it. You might scoff at this account, until you saw what was left of the hood for yourself.

Is this Minnesota’s version of Bigfoot, or an old hermit who really dislikes visitors? No one is sure. All anyone does know is that he was first reported back in the 1960s. One person claimed to have found a human-like skull but not close to the one you and I have. That find has never been examined to see what kind of a creature it belongs to.

Kensington Runestone

Back in 1898, a farmer found a slab of rock on his farm. Not unusual until he took a closer look.

Minnesota’s Kensington Runestone

There appeared to be Norse symbols carved into the stone. That is unusual. At the time, no one could figure out the stone’s origin. Some even claimed the farmer created it himself for publicity.

Historians claim there is no way the Vikings got to North America before Columbus. But some folks aren’t so sure. The Vikings were closer and were known to have at least sailed in our direction a few times.

So maybe an expedition did work its way into the Great Lakes and made landfall in Minnesota. Scott Wolter, who generated his own TV show off of working on this very stone, has his own theories.

One thing is for certain. Someone, or something, put it there.

Really, George?

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Richard Paolinelli