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Midwest Paranormal Files from Detroit Lakes will kick off the Paranormal Convention Friday, Oct. 12, with stories and evidence from their investigation of the Kirkbride Hospital in Fergus Falls earlier this year. Submitted Photo

On October 12-13, a cast of paranormal celebrities and supernatural experts from all over the world will gather in Mahnomen to present and share their experiences of phenomenon. The two-day Paranormal Convention is taking place for the second year in a row at Shooting Star Casino, Hotel and Event Center, located at 777 Casino Road. Tickets for a two-day pass can be purchased for $60 in-person at the Shooting Star ticket office, by calling 1.800.313.7469 or online at

Attendees will have the chance to interact with paranormal celebrities from the SyFy channel, including Steve Gonsalvas and Dave Tango from "Ghost Hunters Academy," Joe Chin and Kris Williams from "Ghost Hunters International," the Zaffis family from "Haunted Collector," and Josh Gates and Rex Williams from "Destination Truth." In addition, panels from the Hollywood Ghost Hunters horror film professionals, the Midwest Paranormal Files research group, and more, will be presenting never-seen-before footage and lectures on topics such as psychics, ghosts, encounters, monsters and UFOs.

Also, vendor booths will be set up throughout the Event Center during this year's Paranormal Convention, giving convention-goers additional opportunities to meet supernatural experts and conference presenters, talk with paranormal investigators, purchase goods and services, and more. Lastly, gallery readings from top supernatural experts such as Chip Coffey (psychic, medium, and spiritual counselor) and Lisa Phillips (psychic) will be available for an extra cost.

The 2012 Paranormal Convention agenda is as follows:

Friday, October 12

• 11:30 a.m. - Midwest Paranormal Files (Detroit Lakes)

• 1 p.m. - Stanton Freidman (UFO Proof Positive)

2:30 p.m. - John Zaffis (Demonology)

• 4 p.m. - Lisa Phillips (Gallery Reading)

• 5 p.m. - Hollywood Ghost Hunters featuring Kane Hodder (Jason from "Friday The13th"), Danielle Harris (Jaime from "Halloween"), and Rick McCallhum (co-founder of the Hollywood Ghost Hunters)

• 6:30 p.m. - "Destination Truth" stars Josh Gates and Rex Williams

Saturday, October 13

Noon - Chip Coffey (Gallery Reading)

• 2 p.m. - "Haunted Collector" stars John Zaffis, Aimee Zaffis, and Chris Zaffis

• 3:30 p.m. - "Ghost Hunters International" stars Joe Chin and Kris Williams

• 5 p.m. - Chip Coffey (Gallery Reading)

• 6:30 p.m. - "Ghost Hunters Academy" stars Steve Gonsalvas and Dave Tango