MN MUFON Featured on TPT

Twin Cities Public Television released a feature on the Minnesota chapter of MUFON (Mutual UFO Network). The public television station brought their cameras to one of the organizations monthly meetings in New Brighton last fall to capture footage for an episode of the “MN Niche” segment. Those sharing an interest in aerial phenomena enough to attend a MUFON meeting or become members of the organization certainly qualify as a unique “niche,” so the title fits. 

The short video segment, just under five minutes, offers a quick montage of clips from the meeting interspersed with short interviews including Tom Maher, the MN Mufon State Director, and several other notables from the chapter. You can watch the video here. Read More

Flying Saucer on MN North Shore

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

When You See Those Flying Saucers

UFOdays.net has a new favorite song: “When You See Those Flying Saucers.”

It’s a hit from 1947, the year that the flying saucers made their dramatic debut over North America. The song has long since passed into the public domain. Someone created a video by adding clips from the 1956 movie “UFOs: The True Story of Flying Saucers.” The clips accurately depict the national mood during the 1947 UFO wave. We’ve added a historical note on the front end and subtitled the video with the lyrics.

Flying Saucers first burst into public notoriety in June of 1947 when pilot Kenneth Arnold’s story about nine glinting saucer-like craft passing Mount Rainier at tremendous speed was picked up by newspapers all over the country. It turned out that Arnold’s sighting was neither the first nor the last. Read More

Orbs of Light Haunt MN Campers

Minnesotans Report Strange Encounters with Glowing Orbs of Light

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.

Bright Orb in the Night

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

UFOs at Halfmoon Lake and Draper, WI

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

Ladysmith Man Collects More than 80 UFO Reports

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

UFOs Accidental Apocalypse

UFOs could trigger India-Pakistan Nuclear War

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

Former Navy and NASA personnel launch UFO Research Group

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

V-Shaped UFO over Superior, WI

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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Star-Trib Charts Minnesota UFO Reports

“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-TribuneThe 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.