Once nearly wiped out by pollution, wild rice is coming back to northern MN
For the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, the St. Louis River estuary has been described as being as close to heaven as they could get. It's where the river slows and widens before emptying into the Lake Superior in Duluth.
"This was sort of a perfect place, a Mecca of sorts is what my uncle called it," said Thomas Howes, the band's natural resources director.
"Everything that one needed for a good life was provided by the environment here."