Minnesota Ghosts’

10/25/06 - The Republican Eagle

Just in time for Halloween, the authors of “The Minnesota Road Guide to Haunted Locations” are promoting what they describe as “Minnesota’s most haunted locations.”


Included, co-author Chad Lewis said, are places a person can get chased by phantom creatures, pick up a vanishing hitchhiker, roller skate with spirits, stay in a haunted bed & breakfast and visit taverns full of spirits.


Lewis cited the following haunted locations in this area: Vang Lutheran Church in Dennison; the Historic Anderson House in Wabasha; and the LeDuc Mansion in Hastings. The Anderson House is said to have been the site of a suicide, but investigation turned up no actual reports, Lewis said.


There have been a number of reports from guests staying in the inn regarding encounters.


At Vang Church, there have been stories of strange voices heard throughout the church, and a 1930s photo that may show an apparition, Lewis said. Members of the congregation confirm those stories.


The 15-room LeDuc mansion, a Gothic Revival building, was constructed using a design by the famous architect Andrew Jackson Downing, and is one of the best-preserved examples of his work in the world, he said.


“When you take the wonderful tour of the historic LeDuc mansion, you are told numerous times that William LeDuc was a restless man. Maybe after death his spirit continues to be restless.”


"The Minnesota Road Guide to Haunted Locations," published by Unexplained Research Publishing LLC, was co-authored by Terry Fisk. Cost of the 296-page softcover volume is $14.


Lewis reported that a paperback book titled “UFO Wisconsin” also is in the works. It will include stories about River Falls, Beldenville, Ellsworth and Elmwood.


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