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Search for Governor Lowden’s ghost at library “inconclusive

What do you call a politician who comes back from the dead?

A politighost.

Whether the GOPlasmic remains of long-dead Republican Gov. Frank Lowden is haunting the halls of the Oregon Public Library, as legend has it, has yet to be seen. Or maybe unseen.

At least, that’s the conclusion of area ghost-busters from the Rock River Paranormal Society, who on Monday night gave a presentation on their grave inability to detect Lowden or any other apparition trolling the tomes.

Kathe Wilson has worked at the library since 1995. She said that every two or three months, after locking up, she hears footsteps.

The society spent three hours at the library, from 8 to 11 p.m. on Aug. 18, using digital recorders, night vision photography, a spirit box (a radio that puts out bursts of static), a Kinect motion-sensing camera (like the one in your Xbox), electromagnetic field detectors, and a device called an Ovilus V, which converts environmental readings into words.

Josiah Lee Henson, of Byron, described walking into “what felt like an electric field” near the basement bathrooms, while Colleen Halverson Gosnell of Chana heard someone calling fellow team member Mike Grasso from the basement – after the group, on the first floor, confirmed there was nobody down there.

Unfortunately, their recorder wasn’t working at the time.

In the end, though, no significant or conclusive events were recorded, and so “We can’t assert that there is a basis to claim that the Oregon Public Library is haunted,” they concluded.

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