Remer, Minnesota is a tiny city in the north-central area of the state with a population of 388 people, according to radio station 98.1 – “Minnesota's New Country.” Outside of Minnesota, it’s probably best known as one of those places which pops up when one does a Google search for “middle of nowhere in Minnesota.” However, inside the state and in cryptid circles, it’s revered as a Bigfoot sighting hotspot, home of the annual Minnesota Bigfoot Conference and dubbed the "Home of Bigfoot." That’s why news of a big Bigfoot spotted in Remer deserves some coverage.
“New Bigfoot sighting outside of Remer MN last night 7/26/21 about 9:15 p.m. road crossing driver was heading east creature was seen in the middle of the road and went North driver got approximately 300 to 400 feet away before it moved to the north every bit of 10 ft tall the semi truck driver said and black.”
That report comes from the Facebook page of the Minnesota Bigfoot Research Team (MN.B.R.T.), a “group of like minded individuals that work together in proving the existence of Sasquatch/Bigfoot using the best method's known to work in calling these creatures in closer and using communication known to be used by the great ape's, MN.B.R.T. collects evidence using scientific method's in hope of preserving what ever biological sample's or findings they come across.” Is this sighting the proof they’ve been looking for?
“Around here, the stories about Bigfoot began to surface in the late 1800s. People made mention of “something in the woods” here or there and finally it became more than coincidence. A flash of dark in the pines. A large set of footprints along a swamp. Sightings in the same areas became more frequent. Sightings from people other than loggers made people take notice. Rumor has it that William P. Remer found tracks in the early 1900s. Mr. Remer was the founder of Remer, MN and that gave some credibility to the story.”
The 98.1 news story mentions a famous Remer sighting in October 2009 when a trail cam caught what looked like a Bigfoot in a well-hidden area. Another sighting was attributed to a US Forest Service employee in the Chippewa National Forest which Remer is a part of. With sightings going back to Native Americans, Remer sounds like the perfect place for an annual Bigfoot Days celebration and 5K run. But “Home of Bigfoot”?
There’s no mention of a photograph from this particular sighting, and the MNBRT Facebook page says the “the specifics are confidential.” We know that photos aren’t necessarily proof, as a recent story with photos will attest. Here’s hoping MNBRT investigators find more evidence.
Maybe next year, the annual festival will celebrate Remer as “Home of Positive Proof of the Existence of Bigfoot”! That would deserve a 10K run!