Roseau and Vicinity Professional Review and Guide
"In 1874 a bill was introduced in the Minnesota Senate to name a northern county in honor of Verendrye, but the county was instead named “Cook,” to commemorate a Minnesota casualty of the Civil War. It is fitting, if not a bit skewed, that the St. Louis River in Minnesota appears to have been named by Verendrye as a measure of gratitude for his king’s blessing.
Verendrye named Roseau Lake on his 1737 map, translating into French the Ojibway word meaning “reed,” referring to the bullrushes (or phragmites) common in shallow water here.
Key birds: Sharp-tailed Grouse; Great Gray Owl; Gray Jay; Black-billed Magpie; Boreal Chickadee; Nashville, Bay-breasted, Blackburnian, Connecticut, and Mourning Warblers; Snow Bunting (winter)."