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A Bump in the Night - Murder for Ransom

It seems someone is trying to steal the holiday cheer

Join us this holiday season as we step back in time to the Christmas of 1931 to partake in Mr. Goodfellow's annual holiday party at his West Winds mansion on the lake. Joining you for this prestigious festivity are many local luminaries such as Governor Floyd Olson, Wilbur Foshay, and of course Captain Billy Fawcett and his lovely wife Annette. But behind this holiday cheer these are of course still troubled times. Amidst the glitz and glamour, crime and danger are never as far away as we tend to think. In these days of Prohibition and financial strife, dark deeds can even penetrate a Christmas party, and it will be up to you to help resolve it!


We invite you to join us at the Bakken where you can peruse the mansion and their new exhibits during the social hour. Seating this time will be at round tables of 8 or 10 people. We will have 5 courses (appetizers, salad, soup, entree, & dessert) and we always try to accommodate any dietary restrictions. And then of course at some point in the evening there will be a terrible crime perpetrated by persons unknown which must be solved. You will get a chance to hear the evidence, interview witnesses and suspects, and even solve a couple of puzzles along the way.

Saturday December 11th

Saturday December 18th

A Murder Mystery FAQ

What is the setting for this Murder Mystery?

This story takes place in the depths of the Great Depression in the holiday season of 1931 in Minneapolis. Politicians on the left, fighting for the desperate masses rose to power while former titans of society fell to earth. Some were doing just fine for themselves despite the economic woes and others prospered through more criminal means under Prohibition.

This is an opportunituy to dress up in historical outfits. In 1931 ladies wore anything from flapper dresses to elegant gowns. Men were perfecting the tuxedo and expanding formal dress in many new directions. Pinstripe suits were also popular. We definitely encourage people to dress up.

What food is included?

There will be a sit down five course meal served including appetizers, salad, soup, entree, and dessert. The exact menu is still to be derermined, but if you have any dietary restrictions, just let us know ahead of time and we will do our best to accommodate them.

How will the murder mystery work?  Am I a suspect?

Because of the number of people attending, not everyone will be a character and potential suspect.  Instead, you and the other guests at the party will work together as the detectives to solve the mystery that presents itself.  The various suspects and witnesses will be portrayed by actors and all you have to do is figure out what is going on.

As the mystery unfolds, you will be presented with the basic facts of the case.  The witnesses, suspects, and items you will need to interact with will be stationed in various rooms about the building. Team work may be the key here. You will have an hour or so to investigate and then we will gather back in the dining room to compare notes and see if we can deduce what happened.

How much does it cost?

It is a flat $100 per person.  That includes the mystery, appetizers/desserts, some live entertianment and a chance to see the museum exhibits. This is a fundraiser for our lodge so we certainly appreciate the support!

Is this something you might bring kids to?

In all honesty, any child under 13 would probably feel lost at this event and it wouldn't be a good value. The material will also be PG-13 with murder and adult themes involved.

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Get Tickets Here!

Saturday December 11th

Saturday December 18th

Tickets will be $100/person and we will need proof of vaccination. The ticket price includes a five course meal, the murder mystery, and the chance to tour the mansion and museum.

Do I need physical tickets to get in?

No, once you buy your tickets, you should get a confirmation by email within 24 hours and another reminder in the week before the event. Once you are confirmed we add your name to our guest list. At that point all you need to do is give your name at the door to gain entry. Although in the case that there is a mistake it does help if you can show your confirmation email to be safe.

You have been invited to Mr. Goodfellow's Holiday Party...

What is parking like?

There is a parking lot that will fit most of our customers. Otherwise there is free street parking as well.

How accessible is the museum?

From the parking lot, there is a ramp leading straight to the main entrance. There is an elevator that goes up to the mansion. However there are three rooms in the mansion area that have a couple of steps and are not accessible by a wheelchair.

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How do I provide proof of vaccination?

After you buy your ticket, you will get a confirmation withing 24 hours. It will explain where to send the proof and what can be used. You will then have until the day before the event to send it for each person in your party. The proof will go to just one person and they will help work out any extenuating circumstances.

NOTE: Due to a Covid outbreak, and with an abundance of caution for our guests, cast, food providers, and Bakken staff, the

Saturday November 20th performance has been CANCELLED.  If you already ordered tickets for that show, watch your email for options to transfer to the other two performances or receive a refund. Sorry for any inconvenience, and thank you for your understanding! 

How should I dress?

How will this be affected by Covid?

This is a strictly indoor event that lasts for about 4 hours and will have potentially up to 120 people in the building. So while we would like to let people make their own choices, we feel this situation does call for some safety measures. For that reason we are asking that anyone who buys tickets provide us with some sort of proof of vaccination. We understand this is a touchy issue for some, but we want to try and do our best to make sure everyone can attend this event as safely as possible.

On the other hand we have chosen not to require masks. We will be having a 5 course meal along with people drinking meaning people will already be spending much of the evening without a mask by necessity. However we have planned the evening so as to either spread people out or keep them moving about the building to minimize breathing the same air for too long.

Additionally, should the date of the event come and you or someone in your party is not feeling well, we encourage you to stay home and we can either try to reschedule you to a different date if there is availability or we will give you a full refund.

All  shows  start  at  6pm

Get Tickets Here!

Tickets will be $100/person and we will need proof of vaccination. The ticket price includes a five course meal, the murder mystery, and the chance to tour the mansion and museum.