that rock alone, lingering spirits
and an ordinary piano playing with
no player will be among the topics
of discussion Saturday at the
Lewis, paranormal researcher and
author of the “Minnesota
Road Guide to Haunted Locations,”
will make a presentation about his
adventures hunting the unexplained
and listen to stories of the unusual
from Pipestone residents. Lewis
picked the perfect location as the
Calumet Inn has more than its share
of ghostly lore.
been some stories circulating around
there for a long time,” Lewis said.
“One of our housekeepers says
that if you go downstairs in the
laundry room after 11 p.m., you can
hear a little girl crying,” said
Jennifer Adolph, pub manager at the
Adolph herself has
experienced a seemingly possessed
calculator. The calculator she uses
at the front desk on occasion will
begin to run all by itself. On one
occasion, Adolph unplugged the
calculator and it continued to run,
with no batteries.
“I got a
little creeped out and put it in a
drawer in the office,” she said.
Across the street at the
Pipestone County Museum, Susan
Hoskins, executive director of the
museum, said she’s heard stories of
a man in a tweed suit that could be
seen in the mirror behind the front
desk of the Calumet, but when the
desk clerk turned, there was no one
The museum also has
its own history of ghostly
“One of my
favorite places is the Pipestone
Museum,” Lewis said.
book he recounts the story of a
spirit that has repeatedly moved a
pair of boots off a museum display
to the floor. The boots, as the
story goes, were made in a
concentration camp during WWII and
for many years they had been on
display next to a Nazi uniform.
Apparently, Lewis said, the spirit
objected to the boots being placed
so close to the uniform.
Hoskins said the boots are no longer
kept near the uniform.
got my eye on those boots, but they
haven’t moved,” she said.
That’s not to say that she hasn’t
experienced anything unexplained at
the museum, or what she called,
She was upstairs
working in the collections office
when she heard someone calling her
name from downstairs. She ignored it
at first thinking that whoever it
was would come upstairs to find her.
Within 15 minutes she heard the
voice calling her name two more
times, but no one ever came
upstairs. She went downstairs and
asked the woman working there if she
or anyone else had called to her.
The woman said she hadn’t and that
no one else had been in the museum
during that time.
while I was afraid to go upstairs,”
like these that drew Lewis to the
paranormal. He grew up in Wisconsin
near an area where there were
frequent UFO reports. Lewis, who
holds a Master’s of Science degree
in psychology from the University of
Wisconsin – Stout, began
investigating the unexplained to
learn about the people who had such
interested in why some people
believe in the paranormal and some
do not,” he said.
while he became so fascinated by the
experiences that seemingly sane and
level-headed people shared with him
that he shifted his focus to
investigating not the people, but
the experiences and the stories.
His investigations have taken
him to Transylvania to hunt
vampires, to Puerto Rico to chase
chupacabras, to Ireland to search
for the Loch Ness monsters and to
Pipestone to search for ghosts in
the museum, the Calumet Inn and a
private home. After 14 years of
travels and adventures, he said he
has more questions than answers.
“In the 14 years of doing this,
I have yet to experience anything
that is 100 percent paranormal,”
That lack of
concrete evidence, however, has not
deterred him. Instead, he is spurred
on to travel to new places and talk
to the people who live and work
there about their unusual
experiences. The stories, he said,
live in the people and to understand
and investigate the stories to the
fullest he must go to the locations
and talk to the people first hand.
“You really have to understand
the people and the culture to
understand the legends,” he said.
The goal of his book and the
presentation is to encourage those
who believe in the paranormal and
those who don’t to go to the
locations that he has written about
and decide for themselves what is
real and what is not.
take my word for it,” he said. “I
want people to go away from this
presentation with an adventure of
presentation including case history,
ghostly photos and his own personal
experiences begins at 2 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 26 in the dining
room at the Calumet Inn. Lewis will
have copies of his book on hand and
will sign autographs for those