Expert discredits Kettle River brothers’ Bigfoot footprint find
It was a little over a year ago when the Siltanen brothers found the footprints. Checking for bear bait on a Monday morning, it wasn’t bear tracks they found in the freshly plowed field. In fact, they weren’t sure what they found.
By: Jana Peterson, Duluth News Tribune
It was a little over a year ago when the Siltanen brothers found the footprints. Checking for bear bait on a Monday morning, it wasn’t bear tracks they found in the freshly plowed field. In fact, they weren’t sure what they found.“We found about 75 of these footprints,” Robert Siltanen said. “My brother had plowed the field Friday and seeded it Sunday. We found the footprints on Monday morning.”Siltanen said the prints measured 4 inches wide and 11½ inches long, with a 42-inch stride from heel to toe.“There have been (Bigfoot) sightings in the (Kettle River/Automba) area,” Siltanen said, adding that he knew of at least three more-recent ones and recalled people in high school talking about Bigfoot sightings. “So we started snooping around, and we called all the neighbor ladies to see if they’d seen anything.”
Bigfoot through the ages
The Bigfoot legend isn’t new. American Indian folklore in the Pacific Northwest includes rumors of a man-ape beast. Sasquatch, another name for Bigfoot, is a Salish Indian name meaning “woodland wild man.”The Bigfoot legend isn’t new. American Indian folklore in the Pacific Northwest includes rumors of a man-ape beast. Sasquatch, another name for Bigfoot, is a Salish Indian name meaning “woodland wild man.”The Ojibwe tribe, whose people have lived on the land that is now Minnesota and Wisconsin for hundreds of years, have their own words for the woodland wild man. The most common of those is “bagwajanini,” which also means “wild man.”For those who can’t wait for the next episode of “Hunting Bigfoot” to get their Sasquatch fix, there will be a Bigfoot presentation at noon Fridayby four members of the Northern Minnesota Bigfoot research team at Lady Ocalat’s Emporium, 31 W. Superior St. Admission is $2.“We get calls, and we will document sightings, make casts of footprints, do tree-knockings,” said Bob Olson, one of the team members who hails from Deer River. “We don’t charge to investigate; our motivation is to prove they exist. I hope someday I can see one.”
For more information, call Olson at (218) 246-8493 or (218) 246-2150.
Looking for Bigfoot: Two local nurses are planning quite an adventure
by Erin Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org
ELIZABETHTOWN — Two enterprising Bladen County women have devised a plan to search for Bigfoot, a.k.a. Sasquatch.
Linda Durden and her friend, co-worker Janette Skinner plan to spend some time in September in the Uwharrie National Forest near Asheboro on a mission to gather concrete proof Bigfoot exists.
Why Uwharrie? According to Skinner, Animal Planet did a special in February called Finding Bigfoot. The special mentioned sightings in the Uwharrie National Forest, said Skinner.
“She’s always talked about it and watched the movies,” said Skinner of her friend Durden. “We never heard about it (the sightings in North Carolina).”
Durden and Skinner have been fishing and camping in the Uwharrie forest for several years. They both say they were not aware of the Bigfoot sightings nor have then seen or heard anything out of the ordinary.When asked if they truly believe the stories, they both thought for a minute.
“I don’t know if he exists, but I know things exist in the woods which we can’t explain,” said Skinner.
Durden said, “I think he’s an animal or some other creature that didn’t evolve.”The duo are adventurous women who have worked together at the Elizabethtown Nursing Center for the past 12 years. The ladies say they enjoy camping and fishing together.Skinner said in the years past, the two have always stayed in a camp ground near Badin Lake and fished on the river. They say come September they will go primitive camping in the woods away from the more populated camp ground.“We planned a trip this year and decided we could do just as a good of job (as professional Bigfoot hunters),” said Skinner. “We want to try and get a good photo.”But aren’t they apprehensive? Durden said they will be armed, but they hope to not have to use it. Bigfoot has never been known to harm anyone.
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