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Wisconsin has its share of weirdness, authors say

By Matt Ollwerther
01/18/05 - Wisconsin Herald Daily Tribune

A pair of paranormal researchers will help explain the unexplained and sign their book on Saturday night.

Their book, "The Wisconsin Road Guide to Haunted Locations," features nearly 100 of Wisconsin's most haunted places and provides readers with history from the site, photos, investigation details and directions, so people can experience the paranormal for themselves.

Authors Terry Fisk and Chad Lewis spent the last couple of years crisscrossing the state to research the book.

"There's a folklore (claiming) Wisconsin has more ghosts per mile than any other state," Fisk said.

Many of Wisconsin's hauntings are related to gangsters from the 1930s and American Indians, he said, adding each region of the United States has variations on stories.
No ghosts drift through Marshfield - as far as Fisk knows - but surrounding towns and cities, such as Stevens Point and Wisconsin Rapids, have haunted sites.

Thimbleberry Books will reopen at 6 p.m. Saturday for the signing and have coffee and cookies for the event, owner Kim Hartley said.
"Everybody's welcome to come in and meet with them," she said. "I'm sure they'll tell stories."
Besides ghosts, Fisk and Lewis also investigate UFOs, crop circles and sightings of Bigfoot, Fisk said.

While investigating, Fisk said the duo uses equipment such as video and still cameras, Geiger counters, motion detectors and laser thermal scanners to check for inexplicable cold spots.

Fisk's own interest in the field began five years ago when a photo of him behind a relative's grave showed a bluish-white mist rising from the ground.

Experts were unable to explain the image.

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