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
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
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
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
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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