All colleges and universities have their lore – haunted stories that are passed down through generations of students. But one Minnesota college has made a list of the Top Ten Most Haunted Colleges in the Midwest.
Mysterious Heartland lists St. Olaf College in Northfield sixth on its list.
St. Olaf was founded in 1874 and it isn't short on ghost stories.
According to Mysterious Heartland, in 1887, the college newspaper, The Manitou Messenger reported two ghosts were seen gliding through the upper floor of Ladies hall.
Today, several residence halls, the library and the theater all have ghost stories attached to them. There are reports about a boy in a red cap who appears in Thorson Hall, a woman dressed in lavender known to hang around the Kelsey Theater or other various stories affecting several of the campus buildings.
The school's Vice-President for Student Life, Greg Kneser, has been active in most of the documentation of the incidents over the years. Kneser has kept a ghost file containing many of the reported instances. He also has been known to hold campus tours of residence halls and other areas of campus where the hauntings have been known to occur.
The hauntings have become more fun than fright now, but Richard Hagen is a paranormal investigator from Minneapolis and a St. Olaf graduate. He has conducted investigations in a few buildings on campus.
He told the Northfield News the school is "ripe with spirits." In the report, Hagen says the activity seems to increase in the fall when students return to school because the spirits want to make their presence known.
Mysterious Heartland's Top 10 Most Haunted Colleges in the Midwest
10. Northwest Missouri State – Maryville, Missouri
9. Michigan State University – East Lansing, Michigan
8. Millikin University – Decatur, Illinois
7. Marquette University – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
6. St. Olaf College – Northfield, Minnesota
5. Iowa State – Ames, Iowa
4. University of Notre Dame – South Bend, Indiana
3. Benedictine University – Lisle, Illinois
2. Ripon College – Ripon, Wisconsin
1. Kenyon College – Gambier, Ohio