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The third floor is said to be haunted by Gertrude, a ghost who likes to pull fire alarms and hide students’ belongings, or replace students’ clothing with old-fashioned versions. She is reported to be the spirit of a prospective student of the college who was killed by a car while riding her bicycle on West Broadway in 1918, just before her first term would have started.

Other reports say the ghost of a woman in high heels can be heard clacking down the halls of the college’s health service building.

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700 College Dr
Decorah, IA 52101
United States

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43.31042302780031, -91.80545318144141
Winneshiek County, Iowa
Nearest Towns:
Decorah, IA (1.1 mi.)
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Fort Atkinson, IA (13.2 mi.)
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