While checking out the Fergus Falls website for buzz.mn, James Lileks spits out a groaner.
“In 1857, Joe Whitford was sent by his employer, James Fergus, to locate a site for a new community. Along the way he encountered an Indian family who told him of a location where there was a big falls or rapids. After locating the rapids, Whitford staked out a town site at the big falls and named it Fergus Falls in honor of his employer."
Good thing the boss wasn’t named Stumbelsand.