Durkin considers himself a person
who likes to think rationally.
to logically explain everything,” he
he bought a bar in downtown Anoka in
2000, which he named Durkin’s Pub,
he warmed up to the possibility that
the location might be haunted.
was suggested to him one evening in
a random conversation with a
ghost-buster named Katie.
had told her he had recently
purchased a bar and Katie revealed
to him that she was a ghostbuster.
find a lot of ghosts hang out in
pubs,” Durkin recalled her saying.
which is located at 227 E Main St.,
was built in the 1920s. In the
1940s, it was named Idle Hour
Recreation Center, which served as
both a bar and a pool hall. Other
businesses that were housed at the
location over the years included a
music store, bakery and Patty’s Pub.
their visit, Katie scheduled with
Tom a visit to Durkin’s Pub. She
told him that seven ghosts inhabited
ghosts had remained at the pub for
varying reasons. One ghost was a
smaller man who liked to stay near
thought he was helping in the bar,”
ghost was a woman dressed in 1930s
clothing, who waited at the pub for
her unfaithful husband.
According to Durkin, the ghostbuster
was able to rid the pub of three
ghosts by telling them to “go to the
heavenly, not devil-worshiping,” he
said of ghost busting.
he said that four ghosts remained
and Katie had to search for them.
When they arrived, they made their
presence known. Lights flashed
erratically on the pub’s dart board
and loud bangs filled the room.
time, the ghostbuster said she
recognized one of the ghosts — he
had been a former co-worker.
said ‘He must have had some
misdealings or something and was
afraid to go to the light,” said
ghostbuster had visited Durkin’s Pub
in the morning and by midday, his
customers, unaware of Katie’s visit,
had asked if the bar had a new air
conditioning system. The air in the
pub seemed more clear, they said.
customers who visit Durkin’s Pub
have suggested the possibility that
it was haunted.
came in and said he saw a cup move
by itself,” said Durkin.
woman who frequented the bar visited
Durkin’s Pub after the ghost busting
and asked staff why the ghosts
weren’t there anymore.
said she had been the pub prior to
the ghost busting. She used to sit
alone and talk to herself. The
customer later admitted that she had
been talking to a ghost.
said Katie has also visited the pub
within the last year. The seven
ghosts hadn’t returned, she said,
although she did sense other
Pub staff think that the location
remains haunted as well.
Adelman, who has worked at the pub
for 10 years, said that coffee mugs
will fly at one particular staff
member. It has happened on numerous
“Literally, we’ve seen it,” she
isn’t fond of walking into the pub’s
you go downstairs, the hair on your
arm stands up,” she said. “I don’t
manager of Durkin’s Pub, Tony, gave
his account of supernatural
activities to authors of the book
“The Unexplained Presents: The
Minnesota Road Guide to Haunted
of what they talk about in the book
is true,” said Durkin.
was initially skeptical of the idea
that his pub was haunted, he said.
still is, he doesn’t mind too much.
are ghosts, they’re friendly,” said