Ghost hunting in Hibbing
By MARK SAUER \ Staff photographer
Published: Saturday, July 25, 2009 10:34 PM CDT
The scientific work of the Minnesota Paranormal Study Group founded by Adam Nori is a far cry from Bill Murray zapping marauding spirits with antimatter rays in “Ghost Busters.” But deep down, it still has a feeling of adventure, of moving into the unknown.
The eight members of the MNPSG have spent the past nine years investigating reports of haunted or mysterious activity in the communities surrounding Hibbing. On July 11, the team made a third visit to the Greyhound Bus Museum in Hibbing.
The museum’s assistant director Glen Katzenberger contacted the team last year and reported an ongoing series of noises, voices, doors and windows opening and closing by themselves and objects being moved around locked display cases.
During the two previous investigations, team members did report and record unexplained sounds and voices as well as uncomfortable feelings and temperature changes in and around the museum’s many busses and buildings.
During the night of July 11, the MNPSG team was joined by the Northern Light’s Paranormal Society from Grand Rapids. Both teams got to work setting up a wide array of equipment, including audio and video recording devices, night vision equipment and electromagnetic frequency sensors.
The goal of the two groups is to document any unexplained activity and try to explain it. Nori said that one common thing they discover while investigating a report of a disturbance is unshielded wiring or power grids in areas where home or business owners report strange goings on. Nori explained that often simply shielding the power lines makes the problems go away.
Nori said team actively tries to discover what is going on with the simplest solution, a natural explanation. When events are recorded that can’t be explained naturally, the results are detailed and published on their Web site, www.minnesotaghosts.com, to allow others to make their own conclusions.
The night of July 11 yielded some unexplained results, including electromagnetic fluctuations. Sounds recorded on tape, included what sounded like the voice of a young girl saying “Hi” in response to a greeting by a team researcher.
There was also unexplained temperature shifts, including a 17-degree temperature change between my back and chest while standing in a closed bus.
Nori said the results from the night’s work were very interesting but not conclusive of paranormal activity. However, he did say that the group feels that there is clearly unusual activity going on at the museum as shown from the combined results of their three investigations.
The MNPSG’s goal is to help area home and business owners experiencing disturbing or unexplained activity using all scientific methods at their disposal. Often times homeowners have expressed satisfaction simply having someone take their reports seriously, to document what they have experienced.
Anyone experiencing unexplained activity or simply wanting more information is encouraged to contact the MNPSG through their Web site.