The above article was found in the Winona Daily Republican 24 December, 1868. We figure it's total BS, of course (who quarries rock IN the river, in December?)
Turns out there was a rash of giants "discovered" around the country in the late 1800s, including one 'found' by Mark Twain. After reading a few accounts, you realize there were slow news days and bored reporters then too.
Who could prove this sort of "report" was a fabrication?
BTW, here's north Sauk Rapids today, via Google Earth. The red tag (upper right) is a former quarry that had filled with water by the time we were kids. In the spring of 1962, a body was found frozen into the ice there. Larry and I are researching the story (another post, another day). Just below that quarry is a large open patch in the trees--see?--it's the abandoned quarry we found by following those old railroad tracks. It was used later as the town dump. Maybe it's the compost site now. Does anybody know?