During the mid-1800s, the cavalry were stationed at Camp Ripley to fight the Native Americans. Now, the U.S. Army’s soldiers have seen apparitions of these troops riding up and down the surrounding area in full battle dress with flags, and the sounds of bugles.
Over the years, Anoka State Hospital has gone by many names – First State Asylum for the Insane, Anoka State Asylum, and most recently Anoka-Metro Regional Treatment Center (its current name). Built in 1898, it opened two years later in 1900, where it would serve as a patient-transfer hospital for the next fifty years.
During the 1930s, the apparition of a man appeared in the Vang Lutheran Church, but no one recognized who he was. There have also been reports of odd voices in the church.