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Sheriff: Ghost tales leading to Dunn County church vandalism

Dunn County (WQOW) – Saturday night, authorities believe five people vandalized a church in Dunn County. Now, officials say ghost stories are what have led to a rash of incidents there.

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According to Dunn County Sheriff Kevin Bygd, the Spring Brook Lutheran Church and old school house in Elk Mound have been the target of a number break-ins and vandalism over the years.

Saturday’s crime in particular involved a broken window to gain entry into the building.

According to the sheriff, a big reason for the draw to this rural church is phenomena around a ghost story.

According to, the church is believed to be the site of paranormal activity following the tale of a minister’s death in the belfry.

Because of the old wives’ tale, the sheriff said for years overtime security had to be hired on Halloween night to discourage these crimes.

The church was also vandalized just last month. You can read about that here. 


McKenna Alexander

McKenna Alexander is the weekend anchor and a multimedia journalist for News 18. She started in June 2019. She was born in San Francisco, but spent the majority of her life growing up in Dallas.

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