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.
TOMAHAWK - Tomahawk High School sporting events got an attendance boost this winter. At the same time, local charities benefited from the community's generosity.
The school's Varsity Club sponsored six nights of special events, one for each winter sport. The Varsity Club gave out T-shirts printed with team rosters. Meanwhile, fans brought donations for local charities.
"Each kid would walk in and they'd put on their T-shirt," said Varsity Club member Jackie Elliott. "When we got our student section going, they were all together, and you just had this block of white. It was awesome."
RHINELANDER - People lived through detours, dust, and demolition throughout most of 2016 in downtown Rhinelander. Residents won't see that kind of work in 2017, but the city is planning more closures and road work to finish up the Streetscape Project.
Crews will start with the Davenport Street Bridge shutting down for a month in starting April 17. Public Works Director Tim Kingman says some sections of concrete, sidewalk, and asphalt pavement shifted, settled and cracked over the winter.
WAUSAU - A contractor fell from a ladder and died at the construction site of the new Hilton Garden Inn in Wausau last week. Now, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death.
Marathon County Sheriff's Captain Dale Wisnewski said Shane J. Cash, 45, of Wisconsin Rapids was drilling holes in the ceiling on Thursday when he fell from his ladder and died on scene.
RHINELANDER - Cracked concrete, twisted rebar, and overgrown trees and bushes don't paint the most ideal picture for a park. But a Rhinelander alderman sees the perfect chance for a peaceful place to enjoy nature.
Alderman Alex Young hopes to turn an old snow dumping dock site into a "pocket park." The site sits where Norway Street runs into the Wisconsin River behind Ripco Credit Union and the DNR Service Center building.
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