College of Saint Benedict - Benedicta Arts Center

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The Benedicta Arts Center at the College of Saint Benedict was built in 1964 and is rumored to be home to a tall, ghostly shadow figure. Local legend says it’s the spirit of a man named Steve who fell to his death during the building’s construction. Steve has shattered lights during performances, and some witnesses say they’ve run smack into Steve, describing him as something invisible, but solid.

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Near Sunset Dr
Collegeville, MN 56321
United States

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45.558968965755305, -94.32148146624968
Stearns County, Minnesota
Nearest Towns:
Saint Joseph, MN (0.4 mi.)
Collegeville, MN (3.2 mi.)
Pleasant Lake, MN (4.6 mi.)
Waite Park, MN (4.7 mi.)
Rockville, MN (6.1 mi.)
Sartell, MN (7.0 mi.)
Avon, MN (7.2 mi.)
Saint Cloud, MN (7.7 mi.)
Sauk Rapids, MN (7.9 mi.)
Cold Spring, MN (8.8 mi.)


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  1. I attended st bens from1973-1974.
    One night when I was sleeping in the RO (which was located in the main building that housed the chapel, library and cafeteria). I was awakended to a chill cold feeling in my dorm room. I carefully got up to see who wS there and turned the light on. Nothing. I went back to bed. The next morning I took the elevator down to breakfast. 2 dorm mates were on the elevator and I told them what happened. They said “oh no, not you too”!
    I am convinced more than ever that spirits were traveling through the are.

  2. I was a theatre student from 1981 to 1985 – when I was a freshman, the upperclassmen called him the “Peanut Brittle man” – because up in the fly loft above the grid there was a old coffee cup hanging on a an exposed piece of rebar – legend was it belonged to worker that died in the construction of the building – and supposedly at some later date a piece of Peanut Brittle was found next to it. Well, I saw “the peanut brittle man” in about 1984. I was sleeping in the Green Room under the stage – with the lights off it is completely dark – well his presence woke me up and while I was in a completely black room I saw a solid image of a person – he appeared to be floating and to be lit from behind – even though I could see his face and his moustache. I have never forgotten him. And I could describe him til this day, in fact I gave him the name “Steve” – hard to explain why – but just knew that was his name. While in my initial experience with him was startling and caused me to run in fear – after that I never felt scared by him and often when walking in the hallway between the Green Room and the Dressing rooms a ceiling light – not all only a single one would flicker and I knew it was him. There were other ghosts in the building far more menacing than Steve.

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