LONG PRAIRIE -- Long Prairie is the setting this weekend for the Lakes Area Paracon (Paranormal Conference).

The two-day conference invites all who are interested in the unexplained to come join several authors and researchers in discussions about Minnesota's paranormal happenings.

"If you've had any interest at all in UFOs or the paranormal, this is the place to be," says Lorna Hunter, Director of the Lakes Area Paranormal Interest Group.

"The speakers that we have are the best in their fields and if you've got questions, they're going to be able to answer them -- it should be some good interaction."

The yearly event commemorates the 50th anniversary of Long Prairie's "Tin Can Alien" UFO sighting, which gained national attention in the mid-1960s.

The Paracon starts tomorrow (Friday) night at 7:00 p.m. at the high school with a discussion of Minnesota UFO sightings and continues Saturday with several other discussions and a "Ghost Walk" with Adrian Lee, founder of the International Paranormal Society.

Despite the spooky-sounding topics, Hunter says the event is fun for the whole family.

"It's going to be great, I'm looking forward to getting everybody together [for the discussion], it's going to be pretty interesting."

The Lakes Area Paracon coincides with Long Prairie's citywide garage sales and Crazy Days.

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