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Dorothy Molter

Dorothy Molter “The Root Beer Lady”

Known as the "Root Beer Lady" and the "Nightingale of the Wilderness", Dorothy Molter was the last living legal resident of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, just outside of Ely, Minnesota. Dorothy lived on the Isle of Pines on Knife Lake for more than 56 years where she paddled, hiked, fished, skied, snow-shoed, and made and sold root beer, until her death in 1986. She was visited by as many as 7,000 people a year....