The two journalists who gave us the New York Times story about government UFO programs and UFO crash retrievals have released a follow-up piece in the Times Insider. In the article titled “Do We Believe in U.F.O.s? That’s the Wrong Question,” Leslie Kean and Ralph Blumenthal offer a few clarifications. They disavow any type of faith or conviction that UFOs exist because “their existence, or nonexistence, is not a matter of belief … unidentified means we don’t know what they are.”
No one’s going to argue with that. What we want to know about is the controversial claim they made about our government researching extraterrestrial debris and materials from downed UFOs! Read More
Government Disclosure about UFOs took another big step forward today with the revelation of an ongoing aerial phenomenon study program hidden away inside the Office of Navy Intelligence.
The cat keeps coming out of the bag in piecemeal Disclosure. A brand-new piece in The New York Times by Ralph Blumenthal and Leslie Kean reveals the existence of an ongoing Pentagon Program to study UFOs, something we first reported on here. Blumenthal and Kean are the same team that broke the 2017 story about the Pentagon’s Advanced Aerial Threat Identification Program (AATIP). Their new article is titled “No Longer in Shadows, the Pentagon’s U.F.O. Unit Will Make Some Findings Public.”
We have things flying over our military bases and places where we are conducting military exercises, and we don’t know what it is, and it isn’t ours.
The short feature describes the Senate Intelligence Committee’s call for government transparency on UFO investigations and the organization of a United Aerial Phenomenon Task Force. It also reveals that, despite Pentagon denials, the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP) formerly headed by Luis Elizondo was never disbanded. Instead, it moved under the jurisdiction of the Office of Naval Intelligence. That’s new information. Read More
“My life has never been the same,” Elmwood schoolteacher Carole Forster told New York Times investigative reporter Howard Blum. “At first we thought the fear would go away. The kids slept that night all together in the living room with the lights on. They kept that up for three years. Sleeping all together. The lights always on. They were always afraid. They still have nightmares.”
This weekend, the last weekend in July, is UFO Days in Elmwood, WI—or it would be if not for the Covid-19 cancellations. Carole Forster’s story, which was featured both in Blum’s 1990 book and on a national television show, is one of the stories that makes Elmwood the UFO capital of the world. Read More
Fifteen-year-old Jane Baker scooped up the two cats, Scamp and Babe, and headed outside to put them in the garage for the night. The rest of the family was settling in. It was 9:00 PM on March 13, 1975. Philip Baker had his shoes off and made himself comfortable in front of the TV for an episode of the private detective series Harry O while his wife sorted seed packs for spring planting.
As Jane rounded the corner of the house, an unexpected bright light drew her attention to the road. A silvery disc-shaped object with a domed top sat on the road just up the hill to the north. She recalled, “I was carrying two cats. I was walking to the garage. And I got by this corner, right by the house here, and I looked, and there was this weird object with funny noises, and it was really bright.” The dome on top of the disk gave off a yellow-white glow. Around the object’s midsection a row of alternating green and red lights blinked on and off. Jane said it lit the whole hill.
She put the cats in the garage and vaulted back to the house, tumbling through the door, “Dad! Dad! Come quick! There’s something out there!”
Happy World UFO Day!
Here’s to one year of publishing UFO stories. Yes, we started this venture twelve months ago, on World UFO Day. We dedicated the website to covering legit UFO News and to publishing local UFO stories from Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. In addition, we’re all about special days and celebrations associated with the UFO phenomenon, so World UFO Day is right up our alley. Thanks for being being a reader of UFOdays.net, and thanks for sharing our stories with your friends.
So what is World UFO Day? The UFO community can’t even decide when it is, much less what it is. Two dates, just over a week apart, compete for the title of World UFO Day.
For reasons that are not entirely clear, July 2 is designated “World UFO Day.” We don’t know who originally created World UFO Day or why they chose July 2. According to the internet, the date was chosen to commemorate the day of the famous Roswell crash in 1947. That theory doesn’t work well because the so-called saucer crash occurred in June, not July. The army announced the recovery of the crashed object on July 8, 1947, and the press release (mistakenly) claimed that the disc had crashed in early July–but it never designated a date. Read More
On July 25, 2015, an MC-130P Combat Shadow search and rescue tanker had to take evasive action to avoid hitting an unidentified object during a nighttime training mission near Niagara Falls International Airport in New York State. While on approach to the airport, the pilot saw through night-vision goggles an object that appeared to be illuminated by a single external light accelerating from left to right in front of his plane. The pilot executed an emergency climb and roll to the left, and the wing of the plane passed directly over the object. The same object showed up as a hot spot on the planes Infrared Detection System.
Disclosure keeps trickling out. Read More
Did the Senate Intelligence Committee just spill the beans on government UFO research? The new provision about UFO disclosure from the Intelligence Committee reveals an otherwise secret Navy UFO research group called the Aerial Phenomenon Task Force.
The Senate Intelligence Committee wants public disclosure regarding UFOs. They want the Senate to order the DOD and all U.S. intelligence agencies to relinquish their secrets in a public report on UFO incidents and government research into the subject. And they want it done in 180 days.
Read the story: Senate Intelligence Committee Demands UFO Disclosure
The funny thing is that, according to the government, there hasn’t been any military or government-level research on UFOs since the end of Project Blue Book in January 1970. The Pentagon has even denied that the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP) revealed by the New York Times in 2017 was conducting UFO research. According to the language in the new provision, that’s not the case at all. Read More
UFOs are on the Senate agenda and the Senate Intelligence Committee wants answers. Not only that, they want the answers made public! In UFO parlance, that’s called “Disclosure.” A June 23, 2020 report in Politico carries the story.
Frustrated by a complete lack of transparency and a failure to systematically deal with UFO intrusions into U.S. airspace, the Senate Intelligence Committee is throwing down the gauntlet. A new provision in the annual intelligence authorization bill demands U.S. intelligence agencies and the DoD to cooperate in creating a detailed and coordinated report about such intrusions. The Intelligence Committee wants to see the information from the Office of Naval Intelligence, the FBI, satellite data, other surveillance data, and even data obtained through espionage. The report is to be completed jointly by the director of national intelligence and the secretary of defense within 180 days. What’s more, the Senate Intelligence Committee wants the report made public. Read More
March 2, 1975. The craft first appeared as a bright star following the schoolteacher’s car. She and her children sang, “Star Light, Star Bright, First Star I see Tonight.” It wasn’t a star. It descended to intercept the vehicle, nearly landing in front of them. The children screamed. It looked like “two saucers that had been put together” ringed with lights and portholes. Carole Forster put the car in reverse, honked the horn, and drove backwards up the highway with the UFO in pursuit. She doesn’t want to talk about it. Read More
Now it’s official! UFO Days 2020 has been cancelled. It’s not happening.
Last Monday (June 1), the Elmwood Area Community Club (EACC) voted to cancel UFO Days 2020. Concerns over Covid-19 took priority over what would have been the town’s 42nd consecutive celebration of extraterrestrial visitors to rural Wisconsin. It was a difficult decision for the EACC and unwelcome news for fans of the festival, but we reluctantly salute the Community Club for putting the priority on public health and safety.
Out of an abundance of caution …. UFO Days is cancelled.
In years when there isn’t an international pandemic going around, the festival occurs in Elmwood over the last weekend in July to celebrate the city’s rich heritage of UFO sightings and strange encounters. You can read about the Elmwood Encounters here.
So what are you going to do for the last weekend in July? Does it involve chicken poop raffling or UFOs? We want to know! Send us your plans by commenting below or on Facebook.
There’s a few options still on the table. Here at UFOdays.net, we’ve been discussing the possibility of staying home with a few cases of beer and a marathon viewing our entire collection Steven Spielberg’s classic movie E.T. As you can see, if we watch every VHS tape in the collection, we will have more than 48 hours of viewing, ample material to get us through the weekend.
Speaking of collectibles, we’re hoping to get our hands on some of the UFO Days 2020 souvenirs. Rumor has it that T-shirts and buttons will still be available. Another rumor has it that the Sandbar and Kerns will be doing something … but you didn’t hear it from us.
If you love UFO Days and are sad to see it cancelled, express your condolences at the Official Elmwood UFO Days Facebook Page. If your polite, they might even hook you up with a 2020 T-shirt or button.
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Remember the creepy poltergeist quality of Spielberg’s Close Encounters movie? Here’s a similar true story from Plymouth, MN with that same eerie, paranormal vibe. This one features a family harassed by a series of encounters spanning fifteen years, a strange blue light that seems to threaten a child in his crib, an object in the sky, and a case of mechanical-electrical interference with a moving vehicle. It’s like a series of scenes from Spielberg’s iconic movie, but it all happened two years before the movie was made.
Sheila was a thirty-two-year-old housewife when the incident occurred. It wasn’t her first encounter. She and her family seem to have been almost haunted by UFOs. But the night of the blue light left her more frightened than any previous encounter.
We can understand how others might be skeptical, but we’ve seen so many of them.
She did not report the unnerving encounter until the opportunity arose in 1979 to present her story to Bradley Ayers, a field investigator for Dr. J. Allen Hynek’s Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS) in Evanston, Illinois. Ayers covered western Wisconsin, Minnesota, the eastern Dakotas, and northern Iowa on behalf of the center from 1975-1979.
Along with reporter Carol Byrne of the Minneapolis Star, Ayers interviewed Sheila and her brother-in-law. The following is an excerpt from the May 8, 1979 Minneapolis Star feature story about the close encounter. Read More
Not all visitors are welcome.
UFO Stories often seem to take a dark turn. Here’s one about a woman chased by a UFO around several dark turns. It happened the same month as the Durand, WI sighting, at the beginning of 1975, an incredible year of UFO encounters in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and northern Iowa.
Kay was a young housewife and mother of two with a home in a Minneapolis suburb. At the time of the incident, she was taking night classes at a local college. On the way to school one night in January 1975, a mysterious light pursued her vehicle in a terrifying chase. That’s when life started to turn sideways for Kay. When her doctor could not help her, he referred her to a psychiatrist, and the psychiatrist referred her to the Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS) in Evanston, Illinois. They sent Bradly Ayers to investigate. Read More
We’ve got a flying suitcase, some balloons, and some drones.
The Navy just released new documents about the 2013-2014 encounters off the East Coast. That particular branch of our armed forces has been generously forthcoming lately, but the latest revelations are not the juicy type stuff that UFO followers hoped to learn. As reported on the The War Zone and in a new article in The New York Times, the Navy has responded to FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) requests about a series of encounters between Navy pilots and unidentified craft off the East Coast. Read More
On the night of May 13, a circular blue light danced in the sky over a small city in Magé, Brazil before turning red and allegedly crashing. Some say the object descended and crashed into a lake, others say into a nearby forest. Then came the military, explosions and UFO crash site, all captured on video. (See UPDATE at end of article regarding military and explosions.)
Dozens of amateur smart phone videos from witnesses on the ground captured the nocturnal light’s movement, and some also included military helicopters flying over the city.
“There is a light on the horizon, which has been standing still for over ten minutes,” says one person in a video. “And in the sky a lot of lights, lights flash, dim, increase and keep moving… As if it were coming from the other side. There’s a red one now.” Read More
In 1975, Dr. J Allen Hynek, formerly of the Air Force’s Project Blue Book, was called upon as a consultant regarding a UFO sighting in Durand, WI. The recently-cancelled History Channel show Project Bluebook has now made Hynek famous through a fictionalized and sensationalized telling of his story, but he was a real scientist leading UFO research in the mid-1970s.
The story kicks off on a cold January day in Durand, Wisconsin, a small town on the banks of the Chippewa River near its confluence with the Mississippi River. In 1975, the town had a population of 2000 or so, just a few hundred more than it does today. Durand sits near the Minnesota border, 25 miles south-east of Elmwood. Read More
The UFO that flew over Oakdale and Maplewood probably had nothing at all to do with the 3M corporation. But a flying saucer was apparently seen by multiple witnesses in the neighborhood of the famous corporation’s Maplewood campus. Maybe it was checking out our Magic Scotch Tape technology, or maybe it was just passing by.
Minnesota corporation 3M is famous for research and development of a wide range of products including abrasives, adhesives, synthetic rubber (used by astronauts), household products, Scotch tape, and the Post-it note. They also produce components for consumer-electronics, solar energy, medical devices, and lots more. In 1962 they established their global headquarters in Maplewood, MN, and in 1978, a flying saucer cruised the neighborhood near the 3M Campus. Read More
I finally made it through the first season of Project Blue Book, just a few days before the History Channel announced that the show has been cancelled. I was initially reluctant to watch the series because it didn’t do serious UFO researchers any favors. Yes, it’s true, the episodes are loosely based on real Air Force files (code-named Project Blue Book) and some high-profile cases. It’s also true that Dr. J. Allen Hynek served as a consultant to Project Blue Book. The Air Force hired him to debunk UFOs by ascribing them to misidentified natural phenomena such as Mars, Venus, meteors, temperature inversions, and even swamp gas. Hyneck himself tells this story in his books on the subject. Eventually, over the course of more than a decade, Hyneck went from skeptical debunker to serious researcher and UFO believer.
This was a great show. At UFOdays.net, we might be biased, but it’s sad to see Blue Book pulled off the air. I’ll admit that, as a researcher in the field and an avid reader of Project Bluebook files, I was pretty excited about the release of the History Channel series. A lot of people were. The New York Times even did a feature on the show shortly after it premiered last year. Read More
While world headlines are dominated by Covid-19, the Pentagon quietly and unceremoniously released to the public the three gun-camera videos of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena which have been circulating since 2017. CNN covered the story. This comes some seven months after the Navy confirmed that the videos in circulation were authentic and do indeed depict US pilot encounters with unidentified aerial phenomena.
The three videos popularly titled Gimbal, Tic-tac, and Go-Fast have become the most-featured UFO evidence in history, appearing in innumerable new stories, articles, films, television features, documentaries, and blogs like this. The new officially released versions of the video do not reveal any new information. They are the same videos we’ve been watching for more than two years. So what is the significance of an official Pentagon release of the videos?
Chad Lewis is a lot like you. He’s interested in weird stuff.
Lewis has made a name for himself as a researcher and writer in the field of UFOs and other weird supernatural stuff. He’s an established author, lecturer, and researcher in the field of the paranormal with a library of books bearing his name.
Despite the subject matter in which he is interested, Lewis is not a fruitcake. He has a Bachelors and Masters in Psychology, but for more than two decades, he has been travelling the globe in search of unique and bizarre stories and history. How did he get started down this path? Right here in Wisconsin with local Wisconsin UFO stories.
We recently caught up with Lewis in February 2020 when he gave a talk on UFOs at the public library in Hudson, WI. Check out this video interview on the subject of Wisconsin UFOs.
Lewis now conducts regular speaking engagements across Wisconsin and further abroad. If we were really clever, we’d get him scheduled to come speak at Elmwood’s annual UFO Days festival. You can check out Lewis at his website and you can buy his books on Amazon.
How are we supposed to believe anything this guy says?
Richard Doty was a featured speaker at a recent UFO convention (UFO Mega Con in Laughlin, NV), and after his presentation, he sat down for an exclusive interview to Mystery Wire’s George Knapp. You should watch the interview. Doty says some wild stuff. He believes that the MJ12 documents (although fake) have some basis in reality, that Area 51 has a UFO connection in the form of a secret satellite surveillance program that has possibly photographed extraterrestrial craft, that Bob Lazar’s stories are probably mostly accurate maybe, that there really is some deep government conspiracy that swallows up UFO evidence, and that UFOs pose a credible threat to national security.
The man sounds credible (except the dodgy endorsement of Bob Lazar for the sake of Knapp which Doty avoids by clarifying that he did not have access to the same levels of Area 51 as Lazar would have been working). But honestly, why should we believe him now? Read More
If you’ve been waiting for an official government Disclosure about the existence of UFOs, a new investigative piece of journalism from Popular Mechanics just beat the government to the punch. The long and in-depth article titled “Inside the Pentagon’s Secret UFO Program” reveals the origin and history of the formerly secret Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP) and its involvement with defense contractor Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies (BAASS). It’s a long read but here’s the quick short version: UFOs are real, the government knows it, has plenty of evidence to prove it, but it doesn’t want to admit it, doesn’t know how deal with it, and doesn’t know what to do about it. Read More
In February 2003, a woman and her son watched a UFO pass overhead in Weyauwega, a small Wisconsin town about fifty miles west of Green Bay. The woman happened to have a camera in hand and snapped two shots, capturing an image which seems to depict the underside of a saucer-shaped craft bearing three triangular-spaced white lights and dimmer red light set off from the others.
I just remember my son asking me over and over what it was, and I didn’t have a clue.
A recent post at UFO Insight brought this intriguing 2003 story and its accompanying photos to our attention. According to the original report in UFO Roundup (Vol. 8., No. 9, 2003), the photographer asked to remain anonymous, but she did relate the story of how she acquired the photographs.
The anonymous woman reported, “My son and I were visiting a friend of mine in Weyauwega, Wis. (population 1,806). The general location was just north of Main Street on the east side of Highway 110 and south of the Wisconsin Central Railroad tracks. My boy was sledding in the snow, and I was taking pictures. It was in the evening and starting to get dark pretty quickly. My son pointed up to the sky, and we noticed some lights coming in from what I believe was the southwest.”
Her son wanted to know what the object was. It must have been moving silently because, initially, she assumed it was some type of balloon. Fortunately, she had been taking photographs with a digital camera—probably photos of her son sledding in the snow. She already had it in hand as the lights approached.
I just pointed the camera and took shots … As the object passed, I could make out more of a disk shape than a balloon shape.
“At this point, I just pointed the camera and took shots. The object really gave us the impression of a balloon, except for the lights. The object passed almost directly overhead and then headed south towards the train tracks. As the object passed, I could make out more of a disk shape than a balloon shape. I just remember my son asking me over and over what it was, and I didn’t have a clue.”
Usually a clear picture of a UFO or Flying Saucer is a clear indication of a hoax. People have been creating fake UFO pictures since July 1947, not more than a week after national newspapers picked up the first flying saucer story. Ever since then, reliable witnesses tend to produce poor quality pictures whereas sharp, clear pictures that look too good to be true almost always turn out to be hoaxes and publicity stunts. I hope that rule does not apply in the case of the Weyauwega, WI pictures. Since the woman who saw the UFO asked to remain anonymous, it’s hardly a publicity stunt. It would be nice to believe that, for once, someone caught a UFO on film.
If anyone in Weyauwega knows more about the original witnesses or how to contact them, let us know at UFOdays.net. It’s been 17 years. Maybe the mother and son are ready to be identified.
The following UFO account was submitted to UFOdays.net in November 2019.
“I have only told a few friends and family about it, but they never say much. It’s tough to talk about because people think it’s impossible to have seen something like that,” says forty-four-year-old Marlin Craker. The incident took place on Sunday, November 4, 2016, around 8:00 PM. Craker was on his way to pick up his son from his mother’s house in Chippewa Falls. He first noticed the object while waiting at a stoplight near the Chippewa Springs Water distribution center. A saucer-shaped craft approached from behind his truck.
“It was large, flying low, barely clearing treetops, and it definitely wanted me to see it. It had one purplish light in the bottom center that turned on slowly and got brighter and Read More
Presidential candidates sometimes promise UFO disclosure to garner votes. Maybe the 2020 candidates should make a campaign stop in Elmwood, WI this summer for our annual UFO Days festival, the last weekend of July.
Recently, Minnesota’s Amy Klobuchar said that, if elected president, she’s going to bring more transparency to government investigations into UFOs. “I think we don’t know enough … And I think one of the things a president could do is to look into what’s there in terms of what does science say; what does our military say.” Read More
The year 1979 was a big year for UFOs in Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. Several of the stories featured on UFOdays.net focus on the local UFO Flap of 1979. Here’s one from a reliable witness, along with his sketch of the encounter.
Jeremy Liebig (yes, that is his real name, and, no, it does not reduce his credibility) had an eerie encounter with glowing orbs near Minnesota’s North Shore in the early 2000s, but it wasn’t his first UFO encounter. His first sighting on the North Shore occurred when he was just six years old, not long before the Val Johnson story and the ensuing UFO Flap of 1979.
That fall, Jeremy recorded the incident in his elementary school journal. Read More
Enter the words “glowing balls of light” or “white orb of light” into a Google Search engine and it’s going to lead you to a 2006 UFO story from Northern Minnesota titled “Bright White Orb of Light: Have You Seen These Too?” The story is posted by Kate P. on the new-age website exemplore.com. Kate P. identifies herself as “a dental hygienist, pyrography artist, avid gardener, writer, vegetarian, and world traveler.” In addition, she may be one of the world’s foremost authority on the strange phenomenon of the ghostly hovering orbs of light that account for a large number of UFO sightings.
Kate’s story happened thirteen years ago, in the summer of 2006, on a camping trip with her family somewhere along the one of the hiking trails in the forests of Northern Minnesota. The family was not far from Lake Superior and the famous Highway 61. Read More
Forty years ago this month, a UFO flew over the Bass Lake district near Draper, Wisconsin. It happened on Friday, November 2, one week after a similar encounter at Halfmoon Lake. The November 8, 1979, Sawyer County Gazette out of Winter, Wisconsin publicized a sparse account of Bass Lake area sighting:
A UFO was reported in our area last Friday night by several of our area residents. They describe seeing a large, round, blue object with red lights and another object under it. The object was seen along Hwy 70 and it moved toward Draper and then returned to the Bass Lake district and then back toward Draper. Joe Paulick of Loretta along with three or four other people stopped their vehicles to observe the object near Hwy B and 70. If any of our readers saw this object please let us know, we are sure that Joe and the others would be interested in your description of the U.F.O. Read More
Chester Golat of Ladysmith, WI collects UFO reports. He claims to have collected over 80 of them from reliable witnesses. He says, “It’s not up to me to believe all of them. Just to get the reports. And that’s what I do. I get their story. I have most of them on film or video.” Not every witness Golat interviews is willing to be recorded, but they share their stories without the camera running.
Golat’s UFO experiencers are ordinary people from a vicinity of Wisconsin that, for unknown reasons, happens to be frequented by mysterious unexplained aerial phenomena. The visitations occur all over west central Wisconsin, from the Elmwood Encounters immortalized in the annual UFO Days festival to the unusual phenomena in the area of Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls, Menomonie, Barron, and Ridgeland as documented in a 2004 Fate Magazine article titled “Valley of the UFOs.” In the late 1970s, a local investigator with Dr. Allen Hynek’s Center for UFO Studies documented a flap of sightings with encounters in Baldwin, Dresser, New Richmond, Balsam Lake, and Halfmoon Lake. Read More
UFO activity over Indian and Pakistani nuclear sites could trigger a nuclear war. That’s the subject of a recent book titled Accidental Apocalypse: UFOs and National Security, by Sabir Hussain, director of the Indian Society for UFOs (INSUFOS).
India and Pakistan continually teeter on the brink of war with heavy nuclear arsenals pointed at each other. Hussain’s book posits that UFO activity over India-Pakistan nuclear sites might easily be misinterpreted by the respective military warning systems, possibly triggering a nuclear war. Hussain cites numerous examples from the long history of UFO interaction with nuclear weapon sites as evidence of the problem. There’s a pretty consistent pattern of UFOs nosing around our nuclear arsenals and throwing military bases into panic.
In view of the cold-war-like brinkmanship between the India and Pakistan, Read More
A Silicon Valley investment group, several scientists, and some Navy veterans are trying to track UFOs off the coast of California. They have launched a new non-profit UFO study group with some impressive clout, credible researchers, and deep pockets. An article from VICE Motherboard has the details.
The new group, called UAP eXpeditions, is founded by U.S. Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Kevin Day, who served on the USS Princeton as a radar operator during the 2004 Nimitz encounters. That’s the same incident during which Commander David Fravor’s flight crew encountered the so-called “Tic-tac” object, and it’s the same incident that produced the Tic-tac gun camera footage.
The new non-profit organization has funding from Silicon Valley investors who, ultimately, hope to profit from the research. Read More
Despite an avid interest in the subject, radio personality, Ken Hayes of Duluth’s country radio station B105, says he has “never seen anything I couldn’t identify or speculate to what it was.” That is until last Saturday night (Oct 19, 2019) when he and his wife observed a V-shaped craft flying over Superior WI around 11 PM on Saturday, October 19, 2019.
Hayes says they saw a large V-shaped craft with dim lights on the underside of its wings. “It made no sound and when it changed direction it did not bank like a traditional aircraft.” The eerie and seemingly effortless movement of the craft through the sky unnerved him.
Hayes posted the details of the sighting on the B105 website along with a video in which he sketches out the craft on a whiteboard while describing the encounter.
Hayes says, “My wife was with me as well and saw the same thing. It left both of us in awe and speechless for a moment.” The couple caught sight of the craft from their own backyard. It approached in the sky from the south end of Superior, WI, then abruptly changed direction and flew east toward Lake Superior. The entire sighting lasted about half a minute. Hayes says, “It didn’t look like it was flying. It was moving without sound or effort.”
Hayes says that the craft seemed to have a smooth, dark, reflective surface, “like a polished piece of coal” with faint dim lights positioned beneath the wings. The surface seemed to be dimly illuminated by a reflection from the city’s lights. None of the lights on the craft were blinking, nor did it have any conventional FAA lights. Hayes heard no sound, engine noise, nor any swish of rotors. “I have tried to come up with an explanation, but nothing seems to make sense,” Hayes admits. He reported the sighting to the National UFO Reporting Center (nuforc.org).
After doing some research on the web, he quickly discovered the V-shaped craft with lights on the underside of the wings is not uncommon among UFO reports. “It’s a very common UFO sighting,” Hayes says, “and I saw it.”
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“UFOs are back in the news, and Minnesotans are seeing more of them.” That’s the title of an October 14, 2019 article in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. The article doesn’t contain any new revelations, but it does compile data from the Minnesota listings of the NUFORC (National UFO Reporting Center) website to try to the chart the local phenomenon. You’ll want to check out the article for it’s interesting charts and graphs. Tom Maher and Mike Harris of Minnesota’s chapter of MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) provide some analysis and context.
Unfortunately, the data is skewed by the source it utilizes. The article observes that half of all Minnesota UFO reports have been made in the last decade, and it speculates that this may be due to increased drone activity. Harris suggests that people are more prone to observe and report unknown objects because they are inspired by the recent uptick in paranormal television. Both of those theories sound plausible, and both factors certainly contribute to the increased reporting, but according to recent analysis, there has been a downturn in UFO sightings since their peak in 2014.
The seeming increase in sightings over the last decade is part of trend, clearly visible on the charted data, that begins in the late 1990s and peaks in the last five years. That trend correlates exactly with the development of the internet. In other words, the increase in UFO reports over the last decade has more has more to do with accessibility to the internet and the creation of the NUFORC website from which the data is drawn. Not exactly a scientifically sound sample.
Prior to the late 1990s, people did not have access to online searches, and there were no online reporting options such as NUFORC. People who observed UFOs in 1979, for example, did not have a NUFORC website where they could easily post a report. Reporting methods were cumbersome: most people did not know about the existence of civilian groups or how to contact them, the Air Force made it clear that they were not taking UFO reports, and newspapers usually did not follow up on reports. UFO reports in the data prior to the internet age had to be entered into the NUFROC database manually by someone who compiled them from other sources such as the Project Bluebook files or civilian saucer records. That does not make for a consistent data set or an accurate reflection of the frequency of sightings over the seventy-two year span of UFO history.
Despite the skewed data set, the article’s charts and graphs provide some interesting insights into the phenomenon. The map, for example, seems to indicate that the UFO reports are distributed according to population density, challenging the stereotype that most sightings occur in remote rural areas. Another chart ranks the type of UFO sightings by frequency. Nocturnal lights lead by a wide margin, followed by circular craft, triangular, spherical, fireballs, and disks in order of frequency respectively.
It’s a great article, and here at UFOdays.net, we are happy to have the Star-Tribune taking the phenomenon seriously. Anytime the media writes a straight piece of journalism on UFOs without making the obligatory references to X-Files theme music and tinfoil hats, it should be celebrated. The Star-Trib article is just one more piece of evidence that it’s happening … again.
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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It’s still happening. Less than a week after the New York Times explosive new article on the subject, a new opinion piece in Scientific American marks a critical shift in the national conversation about UFOs. Ravi Kopparapu and Jacob Haqq-Misra co-author an article titled “‘Unidentified Aerial Phenomena,’ Better Known as UFOs, Deserve Scientific Investigation.” Read More