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Angling is the cure for what ails you


December 16, 2019

With his wife, Jan, paddling in the bow, Dennis Anderson sought walleyes and smallmouth bass in Ensign Lake in the BWCA on Thursday. The day was heavily overcast. But rain fell only occasionally, and the wind was manageable.

Snowy as this month has been, and chilly, Minnesota's early days were even less of a picnic. Winters were colder, food scarcer and shelters flimsier.

Seeking an antidote to these discomforts, one that both tranquilized and energized, Native Americans settled along lakes and rivers. Not for nothing did Sleepy Eye, the Dakota chief, insist that 10 miles along both sides of the Minnesota River be reserved for his people when in 1851 he signed the Treaty of Traverse des Sioux, ceding most of southern Minnesota to the federal government for 7½ cents an acre.


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