RHINELANDER - You may see ghosts and goblins trick-or-treating on Halloween night.
But what if there's an actual ghost in your house?
People debate if ghosts even exist.
We wanted to speak with a local paranormal historian about his experiences.
"I'm so fascinated by it that I don't get that fear because I'm so curious. I think the curiosity overrides that," says paranormal historian Kevin Malek.
Some people might think his hobby is scary.
But nothing fascinates him more than paranormal investigations.
"We just go out looking to document evidence on paranormal and supernatural kind of occurrences," he adds.
Malek started the Northern Wisconsin Paranormal Society five years ago.
Its 12 members investigate everything from ghosts to Big Foot sightings.
Some homeowners even call them to their homes to investigate strange occurrences.
"People will be like, 'You know, we've got this going on.' 'We got that going on.' 'My kids can't sleep,' or, 'It's really bugging me out.' So it's like, 'Okay, we've got to figure out what's here and how many,'" Malek explains.
In one video from a home in Arbor Vitae, Kevin unscrews a flashlight so it won't turn on.
When they ask for the spirit to turn on the flashlight, it turns on.
"We set the cameras up. You know, the night-vision cameras in the different rooms and what not. Try to set up cameras where things have happened or where things are expected to happen."
Kevin uses cameras because he believes not everything can be seen by the human eye unless it's played back.
For example, Kevin shot video at an abandoned home outside Rhinelander. Something appeared to float by in the video.
We figured we'd have Kevin do an investigation of our Newswatch 12 studios to know once and for all, if it's haunted.
The first stop was in our conference room to see if there was any paranormal electromagnetic energy.
"The theory is ghosts are made up of electromagnetic energy...You can interact with them. So for instance if there were to pass their hands through this, it would spike," explains Malek.
The device didn't pick up on any paranormal activity so we went to the studio to try another test.
SOT (KM): "Give me your name in here as well...How many are there of you?" Malek called out.
He was using an Electric Voice Phenomenon or EVP device.
It records frequencies humans can't hear until it's played back.
"When a EVP comes through, you see that needle move even though you can't hear with your ears," he said.
The last stop on our ghost hunt was in the station's attic.
Again, we tried the EVP test. We didn't get any responses.
"So the verdict is no ghosts in the Channel 12 studios?" I asked.
RHINELANDER - For better or worse, drivers in Rhinelander will get an extra week to use the Davenport Street bridge. The city's contractor for its downtown reconstruction project delayed closing the bridge for repairs to May 8th.
Crews first planned to close the bridge in mid-April, then pushed that back to May 1 due to weather. Now, weather has further delaying the month-long repairs to the concrete decking.
This is part of a larger project to finish up the downtown reconstruction, which began in March 2016. The city reconstructed 21 blocks, replacing underground utilities and modernizing the downtown area.
MINOCQUA - Police officers often meet people on their worst days: after a death, crime, or other bad situations. The Minocqua Police Department hopes some unpaid additions to their staff can help victims, families, and officers cope with those situations a little better.
The department is looking to add a team of clergy members to form a chaplain program. The chaplains would be on call and show up to scenes when needed. Chief David Jaeger had been considering the idea for a while when he heard about police in Oneida County using the same program.
ANTIGO - Pushups, wall sits, and sit ups may sound like a tough workout for most of us. But dozens of kids from the Boys and Girls Club of Langlade County did that and more as part of a national fitness competition Friday afternoon.
Boys and Girls Clubs from around the country are teaming up to help kids become more active with the Nestlé's National Fitness Competition.
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