Campground sale brings Knife Island history to light
St. Louis River legend: fact or fiction?
August 19, 2022
For decades, Marcie Stolberg has kept the island next to her campground as sacred space, aware of the stories of long-ago Native American battles and tragedy.
It was there, according to the 1937 novel, "Wawina: A Beautiful Story of an Indian Princess" by Chief Northwind (Joseph Northrup's pen name), that two stubborn chiefs refused to make peace, their children met a tragic end, and a huge battle took place.
A walk around Knife Island today reveals mostly undisturbed greenery - trees, wildflowers and grasses - with brown river water meandering past.
A small cabin dating from the 1870s is t...
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