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Four spots at St. Cloud State University are said to be haunted. One is Shoemaker Hall, where a pregnant student hanged herself in a basement meat locker after having an affair with a janitor. The ghost moves objects, makes clocks flash the wrong numbers, and floats over students’ beds. At the 1911 Riverview Hall, a woman’s apparition has been seen and heard walking in the hallways with high heels clicking. She also moves furniture and causes the lights to flicker. A child’s ghost is said to roam Riverside Hall as well. The James W. Miller Learning Resources Center is said to have been built over a graveyard, and has been the setting of many apparition sightings. One of the ghosts is a pacing 19th-century soldier. And the 1904 Lawrence Hall, the oldest on campus, there may be spirits lingering from a 1950 case in which a janitor killed two instructors there. An apparition of a bald man has been seen along with flashing lights.

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720 4th Avenue South
St. Cloud, MN
United States

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45.5525652, -94.1519346
Stearns County, Minnesota
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  1. One of my friends found dirty footprints on her ceiling while living in Riverview Hall freshman year. It’s pretty widely recognized by everyone on campus that it’s very haunted.

  2. I live in sherburne hall at SCSU and the other day my roommate and I were heading to the elevator (since we live on the 7th floor) and saw someone go in the left elevator and the door shut like two seconds before I hit the button to get another elevator. After I hit the button, the elevator on the left opened, we walked in a little confused, and no one was in there. Both me and my roommate saw it, and we couldn’t believe it. Now almost every time we take the elevator, we end up in the same elevator. My roommate heard someone died in the same elevator, I tried looking it up, and i couldn’t find anything on it.

  3. I used to live in Shoemaker hall in 2012. The door to my dorm room would open from time to time, even though it was locked. Lights would turn on and off by themselves. CDs would go missing for weeks at a time and show up on my bed. Very strange stuff. Never felt threatened or uncomfortable by any of it, perhaps just a bored, curious ghost.

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