neighbors you’ve seen a ghost and
they’ll tell you that you’ve lost
Tell Chris Wiener
you’ve seen a ghost and not only
will he leave your sanity
unquestioned, but he may even come
to your house to check it out.
he’s the lead investigator of
Chippewa Valley Paranormal
Investigators, an organization that
looks into possible paranormal
activity — from noises to
apparitions — in search of answers.
“The first thing out of their
mouths is ‘This is going to sound
crazy, but … ,’” Wiener said. “We
reassure them they’re not crazy. We
deal with this on a daily basis.”
The 15-member group investigates
everything from homes to businesses
to cemeteries whenever someone feels
something fishy is up. Common
indicators include noises, cold
sensations or even apparitions.
However, Wiener said that
four-year-old CVPI does not go in
search of places. Instead, people
come to the group.
call us first,” he said. “We don’t
want to be seen as a bunch of
crackpots. People will still look at
us like, ‘Really, you do that?’”
Wiener said that the typical
investigation begins with an
interview of the client.
tour of the property then follows.
Wiener said the team looks for
logical explanations at this point,
such as creaky floorboards.
The team will also take audio and
visual evidence of the scene with
their arsenal of equipment that
includes thermal scanners, infrared
cameras and electromagnetic field
Wiener said that if
there is a logical explanation, it
usually ends at this point. However,
the team will show the audio and
visual evidence to the client and
point out possible paranormal
explanations if needed.
the client wants more information,
the free CVPI investigation
continues. If not, the investigation
could end there. Either way, Wiener
and his team are there for possible
explanations, not to rid properties
of unwanted elements.
don’t claim to be paranormal
eliminators,” Wiener said. “We’re
goes back to CVPI’s main belief of
helping people come to an
understanding of what’s going on
around them, whether the explanation
is that an old house is simply
settling or that there is a ghost.
“We’re just here to give them
peace of mind,” said Clarence Rice,
a CVPI team leader.
Freaky Chippewa Falls
As resident experts on the
paranormal, Rice and Wiener said
that Chippewa Falls is home to
plenty of creepy places. They listed
off a few that sprung to mind.
Eisold’s Irvine Bar was named a
favorite of both Wiener and Rice.
The main story of the bar
involves a former owner who was
killed there. His favorite bar stool
now comes with a word of warning, as
those who have sat in it have felt
their hair tugged, their shoulders
tapped and some have even said they
saw an apparition staring at them.
The Sheeley House has seen a
variety of haunted activity, ranging
from flying silverware to lights
going on and off to the sounds of
at Irvine Park remains a personal
haunt of Wiener’s. He said that he
and a friend used to run in the
park, and one time they saw an
apparition of a man standing at Flag
Hill. At the time, neither talked
about it. Years later, however,
Wiener told his friend about it and
both realized they had seen the same
thing. Wiener then found out that a
man had committed suicide on Flag
Hill in 1910.
Chi-Hi was home
to another Wiener incident when he
was a student. It occurred when he
was in a dark makeup room by
himself. Wiener said he felt a cold
sensation and saw a very tall shadow
standing behind him. Out of
instinct, he darted for the light
switch. However, Wiener said that in
doing so, he should have ran right
into or through the person causing
the shadow. Instead, no one was
Ghosts don’t have an affinity
for just Chippewa County, however.
Wiener and Rice said that
neighboring counties have their fair
The Stones Throw
building (though the bar is no more)
has been a popular ghost story in
Eau Claire and much of it focuses on
a person who hung himself in the
basement of the building. Rice said
that people have felt a strange
presence down there and some have
reported seeing a figure.
Fire Station No. 10 in Eau Claire
has been haunted by a fireman named
Alex, according to some. The story
says he still resides there and will
play with lights and unravel hoses.
The Devil’s Punch Bowl in Dunn
County is a creepy outdoor location,
Wiener and Rice said. They said that
people get a weird feeling there and
that CVPI’s electromagnetic field
meters oftentimes spike despite no
said that some of the well-known
Dunn County haunts such as Tainter
Hall at the University of
Wisconsin-Stout and the Mabel
Tainter Theater could be more
folklore than paranormal.
This story first appeared in the
October/November issue of Etc.
magazine, a publication of Chippewa
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