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Just in time for halloween -- Renowned paranormal researcher Chad Lewis will be in Detroit Lakes Monday

Halloween isn't just about costumes and candy -- it's a time when people like to explore their inner fears through spooks, hauntings and the unknown.

Monday, you can find all these things right in your backyard.

Renowned paranormal researcher Chad Lewis will be in Detroit Lakes Monday at the Historic Holmes Theater, starting at 7 p.m., for a free presentation on haunted locations in the Detroit Lakes and Minnesota area.

The presentation will bring the audience on a "ghostly journey to some of the most haunted places in Minnesota."

Lewis will hit on some haunted locations in the lakes area itself, from the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center to a private residence in Detroit Lakes, which was plagued with entities from the other side.

"I discovered the haunted in Detroit Lakes when I was visiting for research for our book," Lewis said. "When you go to these locations, it's part adventure and part investigating the paranormal. It's always a fun, strange adventure."

Lewis has been a co-author of dozens of paranormal books, including The Minnesota Road Guide to Haunted Locations.

He is a paranormal researcher and author for Unexplained Research L.L.C. (their website is, and holds a Master's of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Lewis had literally spanned the globe looking for paranormal phenomena in every category, including ghosts, UFO's, mysterious monsters and out-of-body experiences -- to name just a few.

He has traveled to Transylvania tracking vampires, to Puerto Rico chasing the Chupacabras, and even hit Scotland to hunt the famed Loch Ness monster.

"It all started with me living by the third-largest UFO capital in the nation, in Wisconsin," Lewis said of his roots. "I was curious why people believed in the paranormal, and it really got me interested in investigating it."

The DL area has more than a few paranormal happenings, which have caught Lewis' attention.

The "Hairy Man of the Vergas Trails" is a legend which has spanned over decades, with many sightings documented.

Lewis said different paranormal happenings get popular in waves, with UFO's peaking in the 1990s (when X-Files was on TV) and currently, the ghost phenomenon is very popular, with hit television series such as "Ghost Hunters" hitting the mainstream.

But paranormal research in general has always been popular.

"I get about 200 e-mails a week from people who have had experiences," Lewis said. "I also do a lot of digging and researching in libraries during investigations."

Lewis said that during his presentations, he welcomes a question and answer portion, which usually ends up being the most interesting aspect of it.

"People bring their own stories and they get to tell it to someone who is interested in them," Lewis said. "People like sharing their experiences, after maybe not telling it for 30 years because they figured no one was interested in them."

Lewis will also be signing his book, The Minnesota Road Guide to Haunted Locations on Monday, so bring your copy if you have one.

But more importantly, bring your own stories of the paranormal, Lewis added.

"It will be a fun, strange journey," he concluded.

Brian Wierima
Detroit Lakes Newspapers Sports Editor for the last 15 years. St. Cloud State University graduate, who hails from Deer Creek, MN.