The Hodag is a fearsome creature. It's not just one of those obscure Midwestern things that only people driving through Wisconsin might ever encounter. The Hodag is one of those monsters that arose from the fertile fears of lumberjacks and booze-addled drifters who rolled through this area back when St. Paul was the 'Wickedest Town on Earth," a distinction that passed onwards to other places soon enough as the frontier kept moving farther and farther West. For a while even Moorhead was considered a den of iniquity, wickedness and drunkeness. Good times.
Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods is fun bit of turn-of-the-century folklore that might hold a few nasty-surprises-in-the-making for your players. Like Splintercats. Like Squonks. You'll find some of these things out in the dense woods surrounding Wyrmspittle for sure.