THE MINNESOTA BUCK KNUCKLE

7/21/2022      

The north-south distance of the Western Minnesota border extends just over 400 miles and sports a prominent Buck Knuckle about halfway up, just like in real life. The term Buck Knuckle is found in the Urban Dictionary of slang and is the male counterpart to the colloquialism term known as: Camel Toe. For those who were raised in the usage of proper English, Camel Toe is the slang version of the female protrusion of their genitalia visible in a tight-fitting pair of pants or panties. The bulge that emerges is caused by compressing the 2 major labia and pubic mons into a clothing protrusion that resembles a camel’s toe. The male version involves tight clothing that separates and lifts the 2 testicle and creates a noticeable protrusion in the front view of a male: hence Buck Knuckle. Now that the explanation is complete, let us look at Minnesota’s Buck Knuckle sticking into South Dakota and ascertain as to why it created that border shape. Above the Buck Knuckle (BK), and NO! This does not stand for Burger King, even though they are both associated with meat; the border is created by the north flowing Bois de Sioux River. This tributary meets with the Otter Tail River at Breckinridge, Minnesota and forms the 550-mile long Red River of the North that empties into Lake Winnipeg in Canada. It is this river that forms most of the border between North Dakota and Minnesota. The Red River that averages 6″ of pitch per mile was responsible for a lot of flooding in all the cities along its banks. This was in part because, during spring runoff, the ground was still frozen and could not absorb any volume of the water flowing through there. Most cities, including Winnipeg, have dug bypass canals around their towns to alleviate this reoccurring problem. From the headwaters of the Bois de Sioux River, the Army Corp of Engineers have built multiple dams to control flow. The Continental Divide that penetrates this area is the heart of the Buck Knuckle story.

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