Located northern lights were unusually pretty tonight.Located northern lights were unusually pretty tonight.

Located on the Canada Minnesota border sits the boundary waters. A pure wilderness area of forest, lakes, and islands, comprising over 1 million acres.On May 6, 1907 Dorothy Louise Molter was born into a large family in Arnold PA. Dorothy’s childhood was troubled. Her mother passed away when she was 7. Dorothy and her siblings lived in an orphanage in Cincinnati, Ohio for 5 years. In 1919 their father remarried and the family was brought back together.When Dorothy graduated high school, she chose to attend nursing school rather than settle down.In 1930, at the age of 23 Dorothy visited the bwca for the first time. She was on a fishing trip with her father and  a few of his friends. As soon as Dorothy entered the BWCA she was awed. The group had made reservations at the isle of pines fishing resort. The resort was owned and run by one Bill Berglund, once described as “The orneriest Bull-headed swead that ever lived.”In 1931 Dorothy returned to the BWCA with family. She would once again be staying at the Isle of pines.”There was a pretty sunset tonight. The northern lights were unusually pretty tonight. They lit up the sky so nice and it looked like jack-o-lanterns or icicles hanging down from the stars.”In 1934 Dorothy moved to the boundary waters for good. Her heart was set on being able to call the BWCA home.Dorothy quickly became a key member of the resort. She was young, resilient, independent, and a great nurse. All of these qualities lent themselves nicely to a woman working in the wilderness.Bill began ailing in the 40’s. As Dorothy was a trained nurse, Bill began relying on her more and more. She was one woman, running a resort, cleaning, doing manual labor, and being Bill’s sole caretaker.In 1948 at the age of 73 Bill died of ____.  Bill had promised that when he passed away the resort would be willed to Dorothy but there was one problem, he left no will. Because of this, the property was automatically passed on to Bill’s closest family members, His sister an brother. If they had chosen to sell the property, they would have made a few thousand. However, seeing Dorothy’s determination and love for the place, the made her legal owner of the isle of pines fishing resort.In 1948 congress passed the Thye-Blatnik act, appointing the United State Forest Service to buy all private lands and resorts.In 1948 a letter addressing Bill arrived to the Kawishiwi ranger station. It stated that they had heard Mr. Berglund was ailing and were “Wondering if it would not be a good time to sew up this tract.” In other words, Trying to buy the resort.No reply appears to have been made. 3 months later another letter was sent.”No reply has been received, and, since we have been informed that Mr. Berglund passed away recently, it is presumed that no action was taken, or if action was taken, it apparently was not successful.In any event, we would like to have a report from you as to what transpired on the case, and we will also appreciate being advised as to who will inherit the Berglund property and if it has been possible for you to contact them.” In the reply letter, Kawishiwi stated that they “Did not know the status of his property at the present time” but would “…endeavor to find out who has been appointed administrator and obtain definite information on what can be done towards the purchase of his holdings.”6 months later Kawishiwi mailed again saying, “The Berglund property on knife lake is now in the process of being probated. Miss Dorothy Molter who had been Mr. Berglund’s private nurse during the past several years is now residing at the resort. In my interview with her this week she informed me that the property will be turned over to her. Whether she will acquire it through a will or has made a claim against the estate for services rendered is not known. She appears to be quite set on making her home there, evidently placing sentimental value above all other alternatives.””Assuming she would acquire the property I asked her if she would be willing to dispose of it by sale to the government. She said that she would not be willing to do so since she will make it her home and reside there the year around.”He then proceeded to ______.In 1952 the first letter arrived for Dorothy. It read “We are still interested in acquiring the property and will be pleased at any time to give immediate, serious consideration to  any proposal you may wish to make.”In the next decade many letters were sent in correspondence between Dorothy and Kawishiwi. One letter from the kawishiwi in 1961 read, “You have stated by letter of July 25, 1961, and on at least 5 other occasions that you were not interested in selling… It appears, therefore, that further negotiations will serve no useful purpose for either party. Under the circumstances we see no alternative than to recommend that condemnation proceedings be initiated to acquire your property.”In January of 1964 Dorothy’s property was condemned. The forest service paid her $19,550 and she was informed that she no longer owned the Isle of the pines. Dorothy was resolved to tears.Bob Cary, who would later go on to write Dorothy’s first Biography, was a good friend and an instrumental help in Dorothy’s problem with the government. Bob was a writer for the Chicago daily news. This put him in a great position to help dorothy. He put out an article that well outlined Dorothy’s situation. The article inspired a national outcry of protest. The USFS was besieged with letters and phone calls asking them to let Dorothy be.So here’s our problem, we’ve got the government trying to make a wilderness for the good of the people, and we’ve got Dorothy, this gentle old lady trying to live her life in the place she loves and legally owns. What’s the protocall?The government saw that there was no way they were going to go to court with this woman and win. But they still got the last shot. She would be allowed to live on her islands until 1975, but she would not be allowed to run her business. Dorothy gave. She was sick of fighting and she couldn’t do it forever.On September 3 1964 the Wilderness act was passed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. The act brought the BWCA and several other areas into the National Wilderness Preservation System. The act stated that “Within wilderness areas designated by this Act the use of aircraft or motorboats, where these uses have already become established, may be permitted to continue subject to such restrictions as the Secretary of Agriculture deems desirable.”In 1952 Andrew Hamilton Published an article about Dorothy in the Saturday evening post. The 4 page article featured a bold headline reading “Loneliest Woman in America” and one page of full color photographs. In 1955 Dorothy started keeping track of how many visitors by guest book. She got an average of 7,000 visitors per year. She was anything but lonely.