Spirit Island

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According to Ojibway legend the Fon Du Lac Tribe of Northern Minnesota call this part of the St. Louis River “Spirit Lake.” In the middle of the lake is a small thrust of earth called “Spirit Island.” It is said that a pair of star-crossed lovers from warring tribes ran away together and settled on this island and that sometimes even today the spirits of this couple can still be seen. The island is private property so I stayed on the frozen river outside the island, but the frozen wind and blowing trees gave testimony to the solemnity of the place.