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 - Emergency first responders save lives and build trust in the community.
And now the Rhinelander Police Department has a new member to do that.
They swore in the new officer Friday morning.
Mark Raddatz and his family gathered at the Rhinelander City Hall for the ceremony.
Raddatz is excited to be in Rhinelander and to make a positive impact in the community.
"I think it's very important for people to know what we do and how involved we are with the community and how much good we do. A lot of times people don't see us doing all the behind the scenes things and good acts," said Raddatz.
Raddatz is the 17th member on the police force, making the department full again. That addition will help with involvement around town as well.
"We have the ability to do extra programming out in the community. Our officers have more time to spend building more positive relationships within the community, instead of just reacting to calls," said Police Chief Michael Steffes.
Raddatz has worked in other departments across Wisconsin and he's looking forward to being in Rhinelander.
LANGLADE COUNTY - A dead crow found in Langlade County last week tested positive for West Nile virus. It's the first crow to test positive in Langlade County since surveillance started for the virus on May 1.
The Langlade County Health Department wants people to be more careful when trying to prevent mosquito bites. The virus is spread to humans through infected mosquitoes. Mosquitoes get the virus from infected birds.
MADISON - State attorneys have asked a federal judge to stay a ruling allowing people to vote without photo identification pending an appeal.
U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman in Milwaukee issued a preliminary injunction this week allowing people who haven't been able to obtain IDs to vote in the Nov. 8 election if they sign an affidavit explain why they couldn't get the identification.
RHINELADER - During the summer months, camps look forward to welcoming campers and counselors.
They certainly don't look forward to those hot and humid days that make it hard to enjoy being outdoors.
This week, Rhinelander's Camp Birchrock has focused on keeping their campers cool all day long.
"We've been getting in the water, swimming, kayaking, and canoeing. Doing a lot of fun things to keep us cool," said 11-year-old Genevion Boid.
This is his first year as a camper at Birchrock.
Camp Director Johanna Sommers says the heat hasn't stopped them from doing any activities, but they do remain mindful of the sun.
"We make sure that they're drinking water all day," Sommers said. "Water bottles are a must and sunscreen, especially. We put it on every hour at least."
Luckily at the camp there's a lot of shade created by trees, giving the campers and counselors some relief from all of that heat. In a lot of areas around the camp, they also have water fountains.
In addition to keeping the campers hydrated, counselors also make sure to limit time in the sun.
"We do a little bit less of hiking and sports field activities, because the sports field is kind of open to the sun," Sommers said. "We try not to do too much out there just so they don't get overheated and over exhausted."
12-year-old Eleanor Domnick says she doesn't mind the heat. It gives her a chance to enjoy the outdoors.
"It's really fun to go swimming and just go in the play field and hang out with your friends," Domnick said.
The campers at Camp Birchrock are sure enjoying staying cool, while also having some fun.
The camp offers overnight sessions and regular day camp programs every summer.
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