Merrill haunted sawmill gets good scares Submitted: 10/19/2013
Story By Shardaa Gray

MERRILL - You can expect plenty of screams at haunted houses this time of the year.

For organizers, that takes a lot of work.

Fear keeps the Merrill Boy Scout Troup 599 running.

"We were looking for a fundraiser to help out the boy scouts for the cost of scouting. So we set up a committee and we started throwing around some ideas of different ideas for a haunted house," said Haunted Sawmill Committee chairman, Jerry Hersil.

"Everybody's done haunted houses, so we wanted to tie something in to the Merrill area that fit with the logging theme. That's where we came up with the haunted sawmill."

This is third year they've scared people.

But this year they had to buy the sawmill because the city wanted to tear it down.

They keep the outside looking nice.

But the inside is a whole different story.

"Inside we're always adding new rooms to the building making new areas for people to wonder through and new exciting places for them to look at." Hersil said.

A new room that they recently added that might get you turned around is probably something you've seen on TV.

"It's just something you don't normally see. You have a group go through and they think ok this is easy," said Troop 599 Eagle Scout, Bret Waller.

"They find a door and go through it. They just end up in the same spot. You have a lot of opportunities to scare people through there. It's just a fun room to be in."

"You get the big guys that think oh I'm too tough for this. They come around the corner and the first guy might not scare them," Waller said.

"But the next guy that's not expecting somebody to be there, you jump out at them. They hit the wall and there are people holding on to them are scared. The big guy is oh I'm scared too. That's probably the best part. Getting the people to think this isn't scary and scaring them into a corner."

This first timer has high expectations.

"For my father to push me into something and me peeing my pants." said Emily Edwards-Sonnenberg.

You can expect that here.

Text Size: + Increase | Decrease -
Print Story | Email Story
Sponsored in part by HodagSports.com


RHINELANDER - Harvest Hoedown started Saturday at noon at the Woodpecker Bar and Grill in Rhinelander.

The event had a hay maze, horse drawn carriage rides, food, and live music all afternoon.

"I think it's going great. We got a little sunshine right now. We got probably a couple hundred people here. People are buying food, spending money. It's what we're after," said Rhinelander Area Food Pantry Executive Director Guy Hanson.

+ Read More

EAGLE RIVER - Eagle River hosted its 36th annual Cranberry Fest during October's first weekend.

Organizers say the weather this year brought in many more visitors.

"People come to this whether there's good weather of bad weather," said Executive Director of the Eagle River Chamber Kim Emerson. "And with this year being great weather, we had above-average crowds and it was just spectacular. We're so happy about that."

By 3 p.m. Saturday, the World's Largest Cranberry Cheesecake had already been devoured. Sales of slices go towards the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin. 

Organizers said they also almost sold out of cranberries, but they said they would still have more to sell on Sunday. 

There were also dozens of craft vendors, food and wine and cranberry marsh tours.

+ Read More

NEKOOSA - People in Nekoosa could go back in time this weekend.

Volunteers at Pointe Basse recreated a historical camp portraying lives of people from the 1700s and early 1800s.

Volunteers from all across the U.S. all had a piece of history to share.

+ Read More

ASHWAUBENON - Early interest in the Green Bay Packers' proposal for an entertainment, retail and residential district around Lambeau Field has the franchise already thinking of expanding its plans.

The Packers announced recently it plans to develop the Titletown District on 34 acres around the stadium, including 30 to 50 townhouses overlooking a public plaza.

+ Read More

Play Video

TOWN OF NEWBOLD - Dreams of a world-class disc golf course and recreation area could soon become reality.  On September 26, people in the Town of Newbold voted to buy about 18 acres of land currently owned by Oneida County.

The land, about a half mile off Highway 47 along Ole Lake Road, was the site of an old landfill that the DNR closed in July 1988. The site has been empty ever since.

Buying the land would essentially double the space Newbold already owns for its planned recreation area.

+ Read More

Play Video

MERRILL - Firefighters need to be prepared to rescue people from more than just fires.

People can get trapped in tree stands, water, or a tight spot. 

Local fire departments respond to those emergencies.

Merrill's first Citizen's Fire Academy learned about these specialized rescues Thursday night.

+ Read More

WOOD COUNTY - Two people who stole a UTV led police on a wild chase early Friday morning. Friday night, those suspects were still on the run.

The Wood County Sheriff's Office tells us a sporting goods store owner walked in as the burglary was happening, just before 7 a.m. The suspects took off in a red Dodge pickup truck pulling a trailer with the stolen UTV. They crashed through several gates to get out.

+ Read More
+ More General News

Click Here