of the Prairie
At Luther College, in Decorah, the ghostly footsteps of a woman can be heard in the corridors of Larsen Hall. The third floor of the building is haunted by "Gertrude", the resident ghost. This mischievous spirit has been blamed for false fire alarms, strange sounds and missing items, especially clothing. Legends say that occasionally Gertrude will make off with items of young lady's attire and leave her own old fashioned garments in their place.
Gertrude is said to have been a Decorah high school graduate who longed to attend the college before women were allowed. She was killed in 1918 when her bicycle was struck by an automobile, forever ending her dreams of attending the university.
Decorah is in the northeast comer of the state, not far from the Minnesota border.
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