Information From The Minnesota Historical Society
Crooked Lake Township took this name from its Crooked Lake, half of which extends into Crow Wing County. It is a translation of the aboriginal name Wewagigumag sagaiigun. By a resolution of the state legislature, March 6, 1919, this lake was renamed Lake Roosevelt in honor of President Theodore Roosevelt, who two months previously, on January 6, died at his home in Oyster Bay, N.Y.
Lakes George and Washburn, Lawrence, Leavitt, and Morrison, in Crooked Lake and Beulah Townships, also the Washburn Brook, were named for lumbermen who formerly cut pine logs in these originally well-forested townships.
Outing, a village in Emily Township, section 4, on the southeastern shore of Crooked Lake, was platted on November 14, 1908, and registered on January 2, 1909, by William H. Andrews as a place for "outings" or short visits of city people and sportsmen in summer.
The Outing US Post Office located in Crooked Lake Township, section 27, since 1936; was originally located in Crow Wing County, 1908-36, at which time it transferred to Cass County. Crooked Lake Township had developed as a summer resort area with a general store and hotel.