Maybe you know in your eternal wisdom what the dilapidated building is that occupies the north side of St. Marys Park. It’s really spooky and on our winter walks we always expect something ghostly to pop out of it. Thank you for putting my imagination at ease! -- H.M

The answer to this question has been a long time coming, and even so it is dreadfully incomplete. That spooky house seems determined to remain shrouded in mystery. I'll share with you what I know.

First, I'll second your description of this house. It's very spooky, and from the looks of it, it's not in use, either, unless maybe the silhouette of "mother" can be seen in an upper-floor window late at night. I wasn't brave enough to drive by after dark to check.

The ownership was easy enough to trace. Mayo Foundation bought the house in 1998. And what's interesting about it is the $1 million purchase price. The seller, listed in Olmsted County's property records database as Lawrence Eischen, had paid just $145,000 for it four years earlier. That's a rate of investment return to rival GameStop!

I wanted to find out why Mayo was willing to pay such a hefty price for this unused property on the side of a hill, and to find out what it plans to do with it. I put one of my top assistants on the job, and after many attempts, he wasn't able to get an answer. My friends who know the history of this town didn't have any insights, either. Truly confounding.

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We might get answers about this supernatural structure someday, but in the meantime, keep your distance from it late at night, don't accept an invitation in, and if you do, by all means stay out of the shower.

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