Loading

49°F

50°F

52°F

48°F

49°F

51°F

52°F

52°F

49°F

52°F

52°F

52°F
NEWS STORIES

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





 IN OTHER NEWS

Play Video

VILAS COUNTY - Despite your votes to make Vilas County the "Best Cabin Region" in the country, the county fell short.

Cabin Life Magazine held the bracket-style contest. It started with 32 teams.

Vilas County beat out cabin regions in Minnesota, Michigan, and Colorado to make it to the finals.

The county squared off against Pinetop-Lakeside Arizona for the title of best cabin region.

+ Read More

RHINELANDER - It might not have felt like spring recently, by it is time to start thinking about your spring gardening.

It is still too early to plant outside, but, you can get a jump on your garden by planting simple seeds like tomatoes, herbs, or marigolds.

+ Read More

INDIANAPOLIS - Republican legislative leaders in Indiana say they are working on adding language to a new state law to make it clear that it doesn't allow discrimination against gays and lesbians.

The move comes amid widespread outcry over the measure that prohibits state laws that ``substantially burden'' a person's ability to follow his or her religious beliefs.

+ Read More

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has turned away an appeal from a Wisconsin pastor convicted of conspiracy to commit child abuse for advocating the use of wooden rods to spank children.

The justices had no comment on their order Monday rejecting Philip Caminiti's appeal of his 2012 conviction for urging church members to use so-called "rod discipline" on babies and toddlers.

+ Read More

TOMAH - Air Force veteran Jason Bishop says he has struggled in vain to find relief for his chronic pain at several Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals, including one in Tomah.

+ Read More

BAYFIELD COUNTY - Authorities have recovered the body of a missing 77-year-old fisherman from a lake in northern Wisconsin.

+ Read More

Play Video

WISCONSIN - People in northcentral and northwest Wisconsin drive on the worst local roads in the state.

But money for road projects seems to be headed to southern Wisconsin more and more.

Three nonprofit groups in the state finished a study with those findings.

They say the trend breaks a deal in the state.

The groups say gas taxes and registration fees should go to support local roads.

+ Read More
+ More General News
Search: 




Click Here