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$50k offered for proof of America's Nessie

By T.K. Randall
May 21, 2021 · Comment icon 4 comments

Is there a monster in Lake Pepin ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 McGhiever
A businessman in the US is offering a large cash prize in exchange for proof of the lake monster known as Pepie.
Loch Ness is not the only large body of water with a monster legend.

Over in the United States, there are several similar fables including that of Pepie - the monster of Lake Pepin which sits on the Mississipi River and is bordered by both Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Like the Loch Ness Monster, it is described as a large, long-necked creature and it has been sighted by visitors and tourists alike for years.

Now Larry Nielson - president of the Lake City Tourism Bureau and owner of the 125-passenger paddlewheel boat Pearl of the Lake - is offering a significant sum of money to anyone who can provide, beyond any shadow of a doubt, that the elusive lake monster actually exists.

Nielson himself is quite certain that it does, having witnessed it several years ago.

"All of a sudden I saw a big wake out there against the current," he recalled. "It was about 100-feet long and foot and a half high. So I started doing some research and that's when I heard about Pepie."

To claim the prize, wannabe monster hunters will need to provide a clear photograph of the creature along with some form of biological sample that will be subject to stringent DNA testing.

The money will be paid out if the sample is found to have come from an unknown creature.

Given that anyone who actually finds such proof will likely be able to make a lot more than $50,000 from the discovery, however, it seems unlikely that Nielson will need to pay out anytime soon.

Source: Daily Record | Comments (4)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Resume 3 years ago
That's a pretty safe 50k.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 3 years ago
It sounds just as nebulous and unprovable as Nessie.  The one thing about Nessie, Pepie et al, you just can't get a revealing photo because most of it is underwater. a shame. 
Comment icon #3 Posted by OpenMindedSceptic 3 years ago
We're gonna need a bigger boat.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Trelane 3 years ago
"Now Nielson, the owner of the 125-passenger paddle wheel boat Pearl of the Lake, and president of the Lake City Tourism Bureau, is reminding people that there’s a $50,000 reward for anyone who can prove Pepie exists." Shocked, shocked I say... "Nielson said he didn’t know the water serpent existed until he saw the creature a few years back." Well of course, after he crunched the numbers and realized the financial bump he could get for the morons who actually believe this nonsense. Especially after what I'm sure was a devastating year from Covid.

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