INVESTIGATOR1_NAME: William I. McNeff ABSTRACT: Glowing orange ball maneuvered in sky, came close. CASE_TYPE: CE1 MONTH: 07/05/1999 HOUR: 01:30am CST DURATION: over_1_hour NEAR_TOWN_OR_CITY: Wealthwood, MN USA LATITUDE: 46N LONGITUDE: 93W COUNTY: Aitken SITE: lake_or_river SKY: partly_cloudy MUFON_REPORTEES: 2 NUMBER_OBSERVED: 1 ELEVATION: 0-10_degrees LOWEST_ALTITUDE: treetop DISTANCE: 101-500_feet FLIGHT: straight_line_path, hovering, jumped_around SHAPE: sphere SURFACE: glowing APPARENT_SIZE: aspirin ACTUAL_SIZE: 4-10_feet SURFACE_COLOR: orange CHANGE_COLOR: no PSYCH_DURING_EVENT: fear PSYCH_AFTER_EVENT: fear Sighting Report: Witness No. 1 said he was at his cabin on the north shore of Mille Lacs Lake. He was watching satellites (I believe he said he started watching late on the night of the 4th), when what he at first thought was a satellite stopped, then zipped across the sky. This made him believe it was a UFO, and he became excited. He said there was one additional witness to the July 5 sighting, the man from the neighboring cabin, whom he went to get when he saw the object, but he couldnít give me the manís name during this interview. I believe he didnít remember the name. As they were watching the object together, it went out of sight, then what he assumed was the same object appeared at closer range through a gap in the row of trees that ran between the two cabins. He said the object was 100 to 150 feet away from them, was a perfect sphere approx. 5 feet in diameter, glowing orange. He estimated that it was about 20 feet off the ground and moving at between 25 to 50 mph. He felt that it passed between the row of trees and the neighborís cabin. They ran to the gap in the trees, but the object was by then out of sight. His neighbor was, he said, frightened by the sighting. Witness No. 1 said he watched for UFOs a total of three and a half hours that night. Witness No. 2 did not have a good memory of the event. He was originally unsure how close the object came. He later said the object might have been as close as between the two cabins. He estimated the height of his cabin as 15 feet, therefor it is not possible to be sure of the distance of the object at closest approach. Investigation Report: Relevant information on the weather was obtained from Witness No. 1. A site visit has not yet been made. The object has not been identified as anything conventional.Because the object changed direction, it was not a satellite. It maneuvered too quickly for a conventional aircraft or ball lightning. Conclusion: Unidentified.
Date of Sighting: 02 Sep, 1999 Time of Sighting: 9:30 PM CST Sighting Duration: Approximately 5 Minutes Sighting Location: Medicine Lake/Plymouth, MN Local Evaluation: CE1 Unexplained Type of Report: Close Overflight of Large Triangular Object - Single Witness Date of Report: 08 January, 2000 Investigator: Craig R. Lang, Field Investigator, MN MUFON Sighting Background: The witness is an acquaintance of another MN MUFON member. Following a presentation at a MN MUFON meeting by a guest speaker, this MN MUFON member introduced the witness to me. I then briefly interviewed the witness regarding the essential information of the sighting, and arranged a followup interview. At the followup interview, she extensively described the sighting. We visited the sighting location and extensively documented the details of the event. Witness Description: The witness is female, age 54. She is a financial/business administrator for a major local corporation. Her health, vision and hearing are all good (None appear to have been affected by the sighting). She has indicated that she has not had any other UFO sightings, but has had other metaphysical and paranormal experiences throughout her life. Sighting Account: The witness was driving along a road leading onto a peninsula which extends out into Medicine Lake. At the point near where the road enters the base of the peninsula (see associated map) she observed a pair of bright lights located ahead, to her left (to the northwest). Figure 1: Map showing witness and object locations during sighting. [Annotations by CL] She described the lights as white, and very intense. She felt that they resembled landing lights, except that there were two of them, very close together. To her they seemed to be out of place, and appeared to be searching for something, perhaps something on the lake to the west of the peninsula. It became apparent to her that they were just above the treeline, at a distance which she estimated to be about 1 block away. She continued to drive up the peninsula for approximately 1/2 block, observing the lights as she could, through the trees. She then realized that the lights were not moving. After moving a few hundred feet ahead, she reached a point where the trees no longer obscured her view of the lights. She then noted that the lights were no longer visible. Instead, at an elevation of about 30 to 45 degrees above the horizon was a large, dark triangular object, which she felt was just above the treetops. She estimated the angular size to be about that of her hand at arms length. She felt that the absolute size was slightly less than that of a house, but considerably greater than that of a car. [CL Estimate: about 30 feet] The object itself was triangular shaped, and black to charcoal-gray matte-colored (see illustration below). The closest vertex of the triangle was pointed in her direction, with the object moving toward her. There were lights at the two rear vertices, one red and one green [CL Note: She could not remember which was which color]. Also, all over the underside of the object was a pattern of 3-dimensional rectangular relief. (She felt that these might be concealing something within, such as the lights she had seen earlier). Figure 2: View of underside of object as described/sketched by witness (Note: Computer drawing and annotation correspond to witness description and sketch of object) The object passed overhead of the location where her car was. She indicated that as it passed over, she felt an intense mixture of awe and fear. She indicates that she was afraid to get out of her car, and felt concerned for her personal safety at that point. She was not able to hear any sound (although, she had the windows closed, with the air conditioner on, thus outside sounds were not very audible to her at that time). [CL Note: As the object passed overhead, it was visible through both the driver's side window and the front windshield. This would indicate that it was at a low level, and/or of considerable size]. The witness then pulled ahead about 75 feet further, and turned right into a driveway, leading toward the waterfront. She pulled over again, got out, and observed the object (now to her south) from shore. The object was now moving over the lake, along the south shore. She watched it move away, eventually losing sight of it when it became obscured by the treeline on the south shore of the lake. Additional Witnesses: None are known. However, the object was large enough that it should have been visible to others. Extrapolating the object's direction of travel indicates that it would likely have passed over a major highway, which at that time of the evening would have been well traveled. Thus it is likely that there are other witnesses to the event, who are not known to MUFON at this time. Weather Conditions: (From MN state climatologist's office) Temp: 79 deg F, Dewpoint: 71 deg F [CL Note: Very warm and humid] Visibility: 7Mi., Wind: 12MPH from 170 deg (10 deg East of due South) Cloud Conditions: Clear Note: this corresponds very closely with the witness' description of a clear, humid, hazy sky. Natural & Manmade Phenomena Check: Null hypothesis: The object might be assumed to be some form of aircraft, as suggested by the witness' description of red and green lights. However, the shape, the slow/hovering motion, and the soundless operation argue against any commonly-known, conventional type of aircraft as an explanation. The possibility of an experimental aircraft employing advanced technology, can not be entirely ruled out. Sighting Evaluation: Type of Report: CE1 Local Evaluation: Unexplained
MAKINEN -- On November 20, 1999, a family of four was watching a video when the oldest son (20) noticed a bright red light in the southern sky. The family went outside to observe four lights forming a square, then changing to include fifty lights in a straight line centered between the four lights. "I thought this was really weird," Terry the father said. This prompted him to go inside and dial 911. The object stopped for a minute or so and began to pulsate. When Terry came back outside, the object began to move again toward the north and finally disappeared over the horizon. The family observed the object for eight minutes and managed to take pictures of the UFO with two cameras. The photos from the new camera look "wiggly". Visibility was about 10 miles with high overcast clouds. Some hunters in the area also witnessed the object. No conventional or natural objects seem to fit the description. Conclusion: Unidentified. Investigated by FIT Dr. Stephen Hero and FI Director Craig Lang. Thanks to William I. McNeff MUFON State Director.