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BP: 'A big log in the road': Famed Ojibwe chief leaves checkered legacy 150 years after assassination

BRAINERD, Minn. — "They said Hole-in-the-Day was like a big log in the road, too high to get over, too big to go around."

Or so the Brainerd Dispatch reported Tuesday, Aug. 11, 1912, from the testimony of Kah-ke-gay-aush, then 73, of Big Bend. At the time, Kah-ke-gay-aush was recounting the assassination of Chief Hole-in-the-Day the Younger — one of the most prominent and recognizable faces of the Ojibwe people in Minnesota, gunned down and executed by a band of assassins in the road on June 27, 1868, near the current site of the Fisherman's Bridge off Gull Lake. Each of his killers were reportedly rewarded a crisp $1,000 and a new house for the deed.


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