Last week, the ABC’s Fargo affiliate WDAY News carried a story about a Detroit Lakes man whose security camera inadvertently filmed a strange “storm phantom” moving through the sky during a lightning storm on September 20, 2019. As interest in the story quickly escalated, WDAY decided to create a follow up. They sent a crew out to interview Todd Mitchell of the Country Campground, the man who discovered the anomaly on footage recorded by his surveillance camera. (See Mitchell’s raw footage with some analysis here.) The new piece from WDAY attempts to place the strange phenomenon within the context of the history of local UFO sightings. The piece features a visit to the Becker County Museum to review an archive of UFO clippings. The finished story aired on 9/25/2019.
If you’re ever in Detroit Lakes, stop by the Becker County Museum to peruse the collection of clippings in the archive. The museum will be hosting a “Legends and Lore” presentation on October 9, 2019. Who knows, maybe Detroit Lakes will start their own “UFO Days” event.
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The raw footage of the mysterious figure in the Detroit Lakes skies is now available, but it doesn’t help solve the mystery. Instead, the anomaly becomes even more anomalous.
Todd Mitchell, the Detroit Lakes man who inadvertently captured video footage of a spooky-looking phantom figure swooping around the skies during a Sept 20 lightning storm, contacted UFOdays to clarify his part in the story and to provide us with the original video footage. Contrary to earlier reports, Mitchell was not attempting to record the thunderstorm. Instead, he had recently installed a Ubiquiti UniFi G3 Dome surveillance camera at the Country Campgrounds of which he is the owner and operator. Mitchell connected the surveillance camera to his UniFi wifi network.
After Thursday’s lightning storms, Mitchell wondered how well the camera might have caught the lightning display. Mitchell said, “I looked at the footage that same night to simply to see how the camera recorded lightning in the sky since there was so much. That is when I saw more than lightning in the playback video.” Read More
On September 20, 2019, Todd Mitchell was trying to film a lightening storm when his camera seems to have caught something highly unusual. A phantom-like creature darts into the sky and swoops about erratically. You’re going to want to watch this video more than once, probably frame-by-frame, to appreciate this piece of high strangeness:
The bizarre-looking video from WDAY News (Fargo, ND) depicts the skies over the Country Campground, just south of Detroit Lakes, MN near Galwe Lake. Todd Mitchell, Read More
A recent report to the NUFORC website describes “three stationary red lights in the western skies” near Rice Lake, Wisconsin. The report picked up some local publicity when the area Country Radio station B105 featured it on their website.
Shortly after sunset, at 8:05 PM September 10, 2019, the witness observed the three lights forming a line in the sky. The intensity of the light seemed to oscillate or, in the witnesses words, “they appeared to be flashing very slightly.” The witness watched the lights for about five minutes before the first one turned white “and flickered away.” Less than a half a minute later, a second light turned white and disappeared, followed by the third. Read More
My name is Steven M. Shoemaker, and this is a statement on the events that took place at approximately 2200 hours, on October 29, 1979. At the time of this incident, I was 25 years old, and was a Sergeant (E-5) Military Police Officer, on active duty in the US Army. I had departed Fort Wainwright, Alaska a few days earlier, and was driving to my next duty station which was Fort Snelling, Minnesota (AWOL Apprehension).
We had turned off Hwy 29 in North Dakota,and were headed East on Hwy 1 in Marshall County, Minnesota. We were enroute to my sister’s apartment in Thief River Falls, where we were going to spend the night prior to continuing on to the Twin Cities.
I was driving a 1977 Chevrolet Nova (V-8, 305 engine, speedometer only went to 80 MPH on this model). My wife Susan (3 months pregnant) was in the car with me, and we were just past the town of Alvarado when we observed an extremely bright light on the road approximately 3/4 to 1 mile ahead. We wondered what the bright light was, thinking maybe an accident or a road construction site. We figured that we would see what it was in a few moments when we got there. After about a minute or so we determined that whatever it was, it was moving because we were not closing on it.
As I got to within approximately 100 yards of the light (traveling at about 100 MPH) it suddenly came off the center lines into the middle of my lane and was coming right at me.
Now being the cocky young Military Policeman, I decided that I was going to find out what this light was. I accelerated to a high speed (I’m guessing close to 100 MPH because the needle was buried past the 80 MPH limit). As I started closing on the light, I observed Read More
It was UFO Days last weekend in Barcelona where the highlight of the UFOlogy World Congress was an appearance by the world-famous physicist and string-theory theorist Michio Kaku. His mere presence in the list of speakers gave the conference an edge of mainstream credibility often absent from such gatherings. According to quotations in a Yahoo! News article, Kaku was especially impressed by recent reports from Navy pilots and especially the recently declassified and much-debated gun-camera footage that has been circulating. He is quoted as saying, “We now know they fly between Mach 5 and Mach 20 — five to 20 times the speed of sound. We know they zigzag so fast that any pilot would be crushed by centrifugal force. That they have no exhaust that we can see.” Kaku takes this as strong evidence that UFOs represent an advanced technology, possibly an extraterrestrial one. Read More
Mark Walker thinks the Navy’s holding out on him. Navy Undersecretary Thomas Modly replied to Rep. Mark Walker’s request for more information about the UFOs the Navy has recently admitted to encountering. Walker, a ranking member of the Intelligence and Counterterrorism Subcommittee, addressed his concerns in a July 16 letter to Navy secretary Richard Spencer. That inquiry asked for for a threat assessment and for further details about the unidentified aerial phenomenon. Walker asked for information about whether or not Navy investigations of the reports are being conducted, and he specifically asked about what foreign powers might possess such advanced technology.
Read the UFOdays story Mark Walker’s original letter to the Navy, download the letter, and watch an interview with Walker here.
POLITICO reports that Walker received what he considers an unsatisfactory reply from the Navy. Navy Undersecretary Thomas Modly said, “The Department of the Navy takes these reports very seriously and continues to log sightings and fully investigate the accounts.” The reply ignores most of Rep. Walker’s specific questions, and the brevity of the response conveys a tone of “mind your own business.” Rep. Walker, a top Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee, protests that legitimate threats to the United States are his business. Walker told POLITICO, “While I am encouraged the Under Secretary of the Navy confirmed that UAP encounters are fully investigated, there is frustration with the lack of answers to specific questions about the threat that superior aircraft flying in United States airspace may pose.” Read More
CLOSE ENCOUNTER AT DRESSER, WI, SEPT. 5, 1979
Forty years ago, several witnesses had a close encounter with a UFO just two miles east of Dresser, WI. It happened on September 5, 1979. The morning after the New Richmond sightings and two days after the Balsam Lake encounter , a 25-year-old army veteran working as an employee at Trollhaugen Ski Area was driving his Chevrolet Blazer on Highway MM, two miles east of Dresser in Polk County. About 10:45 a.m. he saw a small, dark object above the tree line on the horizon about a half mile ahead. Within a few seconds, the object was directly ahead of him some fifty feet above the ground.
The driver pulled over and exited the vehicle for a better look. He described the object as 6-8 feet in diameter and 2-4 feet in height. As he was watching this thing, it moved across the road and descended in a bean field to his right, where it finally came to a stop and hovered about 10 feet above the vegetation. A passing trucker pulled over and joined the observation. Together, they watched the object ascend to about 200 feet and move over nearby East Lake.
The same trucker saw the disk again, later in the day, above a nearby gravel pit where he worked. He and three others watched it come over the gravel pit and ascend into clear sky at about an 85-degree angle. The men at the gravel pit estimated the silver disk to be 10 feet across and 3-4 feet deep.
It may be completely unrelated, but the army veteran who originally saw the object began to experience another strange phenomenon at their home. Shortly after the sighting, the man, his wife, and his two daughters were troubled by what they called “a strange beeping sound” emanating from the wooded area near their home. At times the beeping became so intense it woke the man from sleep at night. Even the family dog was troubled by the “Morse-code-like” sound that faded from strong to soft. The family searched the wooded area around their home and found nothing which might account for it. The Close Encounter at Dresser was just one in a series of September 1975 UFO sightings. Read the whole story here.
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NEW RICHMOND, WI, SEPT 4, 1979
Forty years ago, A UFO visited New Richmond on Tuesday, September 4, 1979. Three young men from Hudson were driving home in a pickup after an evening of scuba diving. Around 7:45 PM, just as the sun was setting in the west, they were on County A near New Richmond when “a small, silvery dome-like or disc-shaped” object in the sky caught their attention. The driver of the truck pulled over to the side of the road near the Doboy turkey farm. The object appeared to be “shining brightly” as if made of “polished stainless steel,” and it appeared to be solid in form, 2-3 feet in diameter. They watched the object hover 10-20 feet over a field. It seemed to display a “wobbling motion.”
One of the passengers, still wearing a scuba diving suit, leapt out of the truck and crossed the ditch. He tried to clear a small fence in order to get closer to the object. As the man approached the field on foot, the object suddenly rose higher into the air. With a wobbling motion, it started moving east toward Highway 65. By then, two other vehicles had arrived and stopped as well to watch.
As the object moved off to the east, the men hurriedly jumped back into the truck and set off in pursuit down a gravel road near the turkey farm, but they quickly lost sight of the object. All three men, who chose to remain anonymous, were employees at Andersen Windows in Bayport, described as “responsible, ordinary people, not kooks.” The three young men did not report the sighting until they read a Polk County newspaper account about the September 5 sighting in Dresser. Their own story appeared in the September 27, 1979 edition of the New Richmond News under the headline, “Other witnesses sought in UFO sighting near NR.”
After reading the article, an elderly New Richmond couple immediately came forward to report their own encounter with an unknown flying object around 7:30 PM, near the same time as the three men from Hudson had seen the UFO on September 4. The man and woman, who asked not to be identified, reported that, while driving southeast of Boardman in St. Croix County on a town road near a former Dittman farm, they saw a “brilliant, globe-shaped metallic-appearing object” which seemed to be moving toward their car. After briefly losing sight of the object, it pass over their vehicle with “a tremendous roaring noise … like a dozen freight trains” that shook the car violently. This description is unusual for UFO reports. Most witnesses report no sound at all from the phenomena. The man and woman were extremely shaken by the encounter and returned home at once. They told no one about the experience until reading the request for additional witnesses in their local paper.
The New Richmond sightings were part of a series of a 1979 UFO Flap in Minnesota and Western Wiscsonsin. Read the whole story and learn about the former CIA operative who investigated the sightings.
UPDATE 9/8/2019: A witnesses has come forward to corroborate the sighting and provide more details. Read the story “Additional Witness to New Richmond UFO.”
 The New Richmond News, Sep. 27, 1979.
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Elon Musk says that, although life probably does exist somewhere in space, it hasn’t been to earth yet. Musk’s remarks were made at the Shanghai Expo Center in China where the eccentric tech mogul, head of SpaceX and Telsa CEO attended the 2019 World Artificial Intelligence Conference. The event began with an onstage debate between Musk and Jack Ma, co-founder of Alibaba, a type of Amazon.com firm for China. The two billionaires exchanged their views on space travel, artificial intelligence, colonization of Mars, the impending apocalypse, and the likelihood that we are being visited by extraterrestrials.
BALSAM LAKE, WI, SEPT 3, 1979
Forty years ago in UFO History, on September 3, 1979, a UFO descended on a rural highway in Polk County, somewhere near Balsam Lake. This encounter occurred a few days after Officer Val Johnson’s patrol car had been struck in Northwest Minnesota by a similar encounter with a nocturnal light that left the car damaged and the officer unconscious. Moreover, a remarkably similar incident occurred near Vermillion, SD only a few days earlier.
In this case, two middle-age couples from Minneapolis were on their way to a cabin in the Balsam Lake area. They were riding together in a car when they encountered “a large intensely red, glowing disc” over the road ahead of them. It was 9:30 PM, well past dark at that time of year. As soon as they saw the object, the car’s electrical systems abruptly failed. The headlights and dash lights went out, leaving no illumination except the mysterious glowing object in the road ahead.
The driver of the car hit the brakes and skidded the vehicle to a stop in the middle of the highway. The red glowing light seemed to react by shooting off to the southwest. As it did, the cars electrical systems returned to normal. The entire encounter took only a few moments.
This encounter was just one of a series of similar incidents investigated by CUFOS investigator Badley Ayers in the fall of 1979. Read the whole story here.
Forty years ago, a Minnesota police officer’s vehicle was struck by a UFO. Officer Val Johnson wasn’t the only one to encounter a strange light in the middle of the night in late August 1979. Just two days after the Minnesota deputy sheriff’s car was hit by a UFO, an almost identical encounter occurred near Vermillion, South Dakota.
The Val Johnson story is well-known. Around 1:40 AM, Deputy Sheriff Val Johnson of Warren, MN was patrolling near Stephen, MN when he saw a bright light approaching from the distance. Assuming it to be a plane making an emergency landing, he sped toward the light. “The light sat there a moment,” Johnson told the CUFOS investigators, “And then—boom!—it was right on my car. I heard glass breaking, an extremely bright light lit up the inside of the car, and that’s all I remember.” Read More
Bradley Ayers and the MN/WI UFO Flap of 1979
Imagine an ex-CIA operative at work as a UFO investigator in Minnesota and Western Wisconsin during the height of the 1970s UFO flaps. Sound like a good premise for a movie or a History Channel series? Forty years ago this fall, Dr. J. Allan Hynek’s Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS), dispatched Bradley Ayers, a local field investigator, to follow up on a rash of UFO reports in Western Wisconsin and Minnesota. Before there was an Agent Cooper of Twin Peaks or Scully and Mulder of X-Files, CUFOS investigator Ayers was on the local scene doing quality investigations of some high-profile local cases.
The Stillwater native, passed away at his cabin home on Somers Lake in February 2017 at the age of 81. His obituary hints at a lifetime of adventure. At the age of 79, two years before his death, Bradley Earl Ayers (1935-2017), made his 301st parachute jump. Ayers served as a captain in the Airborne Rangers and became an insurgency trainer, hired by the CIA to create anti-Castro Cuban commandos and assassins. He took work as an undercover operative with the DEA’s South Florida Task Force. He flew as a commercial pilot and flight instructor. He found acclaim as a published author, and he worked as a real estate broker, a journalist, and a private investigator licensed with the State of Minnesota to investigate aircraft accidents. But his obituary doesn’t mention that Ayer’s also had a stint as a UFO investigator, nor does it mention his significant contributions to the field of ufology. Read More
Imagine a UFO Days celebration In Elmwood if two million people showed up. Even if only a fraction of the number attends the “Storm Area 51” Facebook event scheduled for September 20, 2019, the little community of Rachel, Nevada will be totally overrun.
The “Storm Area 51” event started as an online joke, but the Air Force isn’t laughing. Matty Roberts, the original author of the Facebook post that created all the trouble, has had a visit from the FBI and has publicly disavowed any real intention to storm the secret military test site. But he, and others, are taking advantage of the viral success behind the post. The anticipated crowds of eager alien-seekers have inspired the creation of two separate UFO-Days style festivals in the Rachel, Nevada area. Read More
Mayor Mara Hanel of Warren, MN has proclaimed August 27 to be “UFO Day.” The northwest Minnesota town of Warren joins Elmwood, WI and Bellville, WI in hosting small-town UFO Day celebrations. Like the celebrations in Elmwood and Bellville, the new event in Warren commemorates a high-profile encounter between local law enforcement and an unidentified object.
The incident in Warren, MN happened forty years ago on August 27, 1979, when a nocturnal light apparently collided with Marshall County Sheriff’s deputy Val Johnson’s patrol car. The story was widely reported and nationally circulated. It has become the most-famous of all Minnesota UFO encounters.
Around 1:40 AM that day, Deputy Sheriff Val Johnson of Warren, MN was patrolling near Stephen, MN when he saw a bright light approaching from the distance. Assuming it to be a plane making an emergency landing, he sped toward the light. “The light sat there a moment,” Johnson told CUFOS investigators, “And then—boom!—it was right on my car. I heard glass breaking, an extremely bright light lit up the inside of the car, and that’s all I remember.” When the officer came to, he found his squad car sitting sideways in the road with a broken windshield, a broken headlamp, and two bent radio antennas. The deputy’s wristwatch and electric dashboard clock had stopped Read More
To the Stars Academy of Arts & Science has released a new video in which they more-or-less take credit for the current resurgence of UFO media attention. Despite being a well-produced commercial for the Academy, it’s a great video and worth watching.
The self-congratulatory video features members of the Academy, former employee of the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Luis Elizondo and former Deputy Assistant to the Secretary of Defense Christopher Mellon, discussing recent developments since the Navy’s acknowledgements of pilot encounters with UFOs. Elizondo tantalizes viewers with the claim that the US government has in its possession materials from UFOs, but he doesn’t offer any further explanation for the claim.
The video doubles as a fundraiser for To The Stars Academy and as a commercial for the new History Channel show, “Unidentified: Inside America’s UFO Investigation” which was produced in cooperation with To the Stars and its founder, former rock star Tom Delonge.
Setting aside the hype, To The Stars can claim responsibility for three primary disclosures: Read More
By Frank Joseph
For most of my life, I never saw a so-called unidentified flying object—I didn’t know if such a thing actually existed, nor did I much care. My father was amateur astronomer, whose handmade telescopes afforded our family summertime observations of the night sky during my boyhood, but no unworldly craft ever hove into view.
Throughout the rest of my life, I knew men and women who claimed to have seen strange phenomena in the heavens suggesting visitations from another planet. But I was not personally privy to the extraterrestrial encounters of any kind until my early 50s when I rented an old log house in a remote area of northwestern Wisconsin. The thickly forested area was sparsely populated, mostly spread over disconnected farmland, much of it destitute, in a valley running east to west for about 30 miles.
Alone in Rural Wisconsin
The small village of Ridgeland was some five miles to the north, although Menomonie Read More
Paranormal investigator Chad Lewis will present the program “Wisconsin UFOs: Watch The Sky” at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Chippewa Falls Public Library.
Alright, we don’t know who Chad Lewis is, but at UFOday.net, you just need to put the words “Wisconson” and “UFOs” into the same headline and we are there. A quick google search on Lewis reveals that he is a paranormal jack-of-all-trades. But hey, what else are you going to do on a Thursday night?
More evidence that it’s happening.
Representative Mark Walker of North Carolina, a top official on the House Homeland Security Committee, wants clearer answers and information from the Navy regarding the alleged UFO incursions into American airspace. Politico and The Drive both covered the story on July 30, and
Walker, a ranking member of the Intelligence and Counterterrorism Subcommittee, addressed his concerns in a July 16 letter to Navy secretary Richard Spencer. Those concerns revolve around assessing the threat level. Walker writes, “If the accounts are true, the unidentified crafts could pose a serious security risk to our military personnel and defense apparatus.” Walker points out that reports of pilot encounters described “complex flight patterns and advanced maneuvering, which demand extreme advances in quantum mechanics, nuclear science, electromagnetics, and thermodynamics.”
The letter requests more information, asking the Navy for any substantiating evidence Read More
Wisconsin witness reports UFO ‘launches two triangles’
Originally posted on Open Minds by Roger marsh, November 15, 2016
A Wisconsin witness at Hudson reported watching two triangular-shaped craft with lights on each corner that both hovered and exhibited “extreme rapid movement,” according to testimony in Case 80030 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.
The witness was outside smoking a cigarette when a stationary craft – too far away to identify – appeared in the southern sky near Hudson, that launched two small, triangular craft.
“Each craft had a light on each corner,” the witness stated.“They moved very rapidly from south to east, would hover, and then move rapidly back and forth in mostly the eastern and southern sky. The event lasted over Read More
UFOs are back in the news and UFO Days are here again, both in Elmwood, Wisconsin and in the broader national dialogue. Are you keeping up with the story?
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Navy, Media, and Government
So far, the year 2019 has been an amazing year of progress and serious developments in the national dialogue about Unidentified Flying Objects (Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon). In the first half of the year, we have had testimony from Navy pilots and sailors about encounters off American shorelines and over military installations. These testimonies have forced the Navy to begin taking the phenomenon seriously and to admit that there really is something going on in our airspace. The President and members of congress have been briefed, and the Navy has now begun to require formal reports from pilots and sailors who Read More
If you’ve ever wondered why Elmwood claims to be the UFO Capital of the World, here’s a quick history lesson. Take a trip back in time to check out CBS News April 8, 1988: Dan Rather’s feature on UFO Days and Elmwood’s proposed UFO landing site. OK, he once refers to the town as “Elwood,” but we’ll give him a pass.
It’s happening! The 2019 Schedule for Elmwood’s 41st Annual UFO Days is here, and it’s jam-packed with activities for everyone. UFO Days this year is July 26-28, the last full weekend in July. Bring the family for a weekend of out-of-the-world fun.
The following Elmwood, WI UFO account was submitted to UFOdays.net in July 2019. Name withheld at the request of the witness.
I saw a UFO over Elmwood in the early 1960s.
I just recently looked up Elmwood because my family is from there, and I found your website. I think what you guys at UFOdays.net are doing is awesome! Also, Doris Wheeler, the wife of George Wheeler, was once my dad’s secretary. I have my own Elmwood UFO story, but my story happened about a decade before George Wheeler’s. I was 9-10 years old, which would make it around 1963. I was a young independent kid, sort of a wild child. That night, I was sleeping outdoors as I often did in the summer. However, this particular night, I was with a friend. We decided, in the middle of the night, to go raid gardens: rhubarb and green apples. We were somewhere on Elm Street, but looking at the map it looks like we were by the Elm Valley Veterinary Clinic Area. (Was that Frank Springer’s old office?) We were under the plumb trees and walked into the opening when suddenly it was very bright. A fluorescent light showed on the ground and it looked like a weird daylight. It was like we were standing under a fluorescent streetlight. Read More
Forty years ago, on September 16 1979, a farmer in Wabasha County, discovered two large circles of downed field corn on his farm. The farmer, Curtis Olson, said the corn looked like “when you take a hair dryer and it blows all the hair from the center.” He had never seen anything like it, and he could not explain it.
Crop circles had not yet come to enjoy the widespread publicity, attention, and hoaxing they would achieve in the early 1980s. It was still an obscure phenomenon referred to by some UFO researchers as “saucer nests.” Corn stalks in a circle about 50 feet in diameter were flattened. In the center, some corn was missing and other stalks were charred. Paths led from the circle to another circle about 18 feet away. The second circle was about 30 feet in diameter but contained no charred or bare areas. Read More
Forty years after the incident occurred, one of the original witnesses of the New Richmond UFO sighting has come forward and corroborated the story. Troy Schmidt read our write-up on the UFO sighting on UFOdays.net. He spoke up on social media when another reader expressed skepticism about the events described in the story. Schmidt remembers the incident vividly, and he provided the map (below) to indicate the exact location of the event and the movement of the object.
The original sighting took place on September 4, 1979 around 7:45 PM when three young men from Hudson, WI spotted “a small, silvery dome-like or disc-shaped” object hovering 10-20 feet in the air over a field near a turkey farm off County Road A. They described it as “shining brightly … polished stainless steel,” 2-3 feet in diameter. It seemed to wobble as it moved. Read More