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Medicine lake name origin?

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It was originally called Bad Medicine by an Indian Tribe, due to the fact that their Chief capsized in a canoe during a bad storm and was never found. When the settlers got here in 1856 they renamed it Medicine Lake.


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How about white bear lake? Must also have native american origins?

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I did some digging and found a site that tells the stories.

White Bear Lake, "from an old Indian legend, in which they suppose it to be possessed with the spirit of a white bear, which was about to spring on the wife of one of their young braves, but was shot by him, and its spirit had haunted the island and lake since and had mysteriously disposed of several of their braves. The island, which they named Spirit Island, is located near its northwestern shore and has about fifty-four acres of land, covered with quite a heavy growth of timber" (history of this county, 1881, p. 281). It is now commonly called Manitou Island, its original Ojibwe name.

Medicine Lake, was named by the Indians after one of their number was drowned there by the capsizing of his canoe in a sudden storm. This name, in their use, means mysterious and was given to the lake because they could not find his body.

ref. http://mnplaces.mnhs.org/upham/

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