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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • S&T Haunted Mine is hair-raising fundraiser

  • After Halloween night this Thursday, the annual Missouri University of Science and Technology's Haunted Mine will lock its doors for another year.
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  • After Halloween night this Thursday, the annual Missouri University of Science and Technology's Haunted Mine will lock its doors for another year.
    It was 16 years ago when Missouri S&T alumnus Keith Wheeler and Dr. Paul Worsey came up with the "scary idea" as a fundraiser to bring in money for students to attend conferences as well as to support S&T's mine rescue and mucking teams.
    Barbara Robertson, longtime administrative assistant in the mining engineering department, has missed one Haunted Mine weekend over the years. She sells tickets for the event.
    "Every year the special effects team comes up with something new," she said. "One year they created a platform that people were convinced took them stories down into the mine."
    Robertson noted that the October event is less expensive compared to other haunted houses. "We can do that because everyone donates their time," she said. "The students who want to attend a conference must work a certain number of hours on haunted mine."
    According to Robertson, the Haunted Mine usually sees around 2,000 visitors each year and raises on average of $15,000.
    The last tours of the haunted mine will take place this Thursday, Oct. 31, Halloween night from 5-10 p.m. The mine is located off Bridge School Road. Tickets are $10 for ages 11 and up and $8 for children under 10, S&T students and active and veteran military (both with valid IDs).
    A $2 discount will be given to each person who brings three canned goods to be donated to the Russell House.
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