Fergus Falls museum holds exhibit on prehistoric woman's remains found in northwest Minn.

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — It was a discovery that made headlines in newspapers around the world.



On a hot June day in 1931, on a hillside along what is now Highway 59 between Pelican Rapids and Detroit Lakes, a road-building crew made a shocking discovery: the ancient remains of a young woman.

"One of the pieces of their equipment had unearthed what ended up being skeletal remains," said Chris Schuelke with the Otter Tail County Historical Society, which currently has an exhibit on the archaeological find at its museum in Fergus Falls.

Most people knew a glacier had covered much of North America, and workers were on the edge of ancient, long-gone Lake Agassiz, but the road crew had no idea what it had unearthed. The remains were wrapped up in newspaper and sent off for analysis, Schuelke said. 

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