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Ask a ‘sotan: The history of living in the Boundary Waters

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“Who were the first and who were the last people to live in the area we now know as the BWCA?” — Doug from Decorah, Iowa

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area is a natural gem of Minnesota, and has been a natural escape and popular tourism destination for generations.

But living in the Boundary Waters? While it’s not legal to live within the nationally protected wilderness now, it was possible to live within the area 55 years ago.

Ask a ‘sotan replied to Doug from Decorah, Iowa, and shared the history of living in the Boundary Waters.

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