UFOs Sightings In
Wisconsin, Missouri,
Michigan, Tennessee
Joseph Trainor - Editor <>
UFO ROUNDUP Vol 4, No 22
On Saturday, September 17, 1999, the Dunn County Sheriff's Department received a number of calls from the town of Menomonie, Wisconsin (population 13,547), complaining about "unusual bright lights" in the sky. A Dunn County deputy arrived in the town a short while later and also reported "unidentified lights" to the dispatcher. Menomonie is on Wisconsin Highway 29 approximately 186 miles (297 kilometers) northwest of Madison, the state capital. (See the Eau Claire, Wis. Leader-Telegram for September 19, 1999. Many thanks to Richard Hendricks for this news story.) On Friday, August 13, 1999, at 11 p.m., a young couple, Erin and Mike, were driving on Interstate Highway 90/94 near The Dells, a unique geologic area and popular Wisconsin tourist attraction, when they noticed some strange lights in the sky. "Erin and I were traveling west on I-90/94... about 10 miles west of The Dells" when "I began noticing three lights rotating in an oval-shape pattern on some clouds to the right (north) of the highway. At first I thought it was just headlights from oncoming traffic on the windshield. So I asked my gal to roll her window down and to tell me what she saw at the base of those clouds." Neither Erin nor Mike could find the source of those mysterious sky lights on the darkened ground. For a while, they thought it might be a nighttime laser light show at The Dells, but then they weren't so sure. "Then it got really weird," Mike added, "What appeared to be laser beams or long, thin green light rays began shooting outward from above the clouds and were giving the clouds a greenish glow every time the rays would shoot out." "All of the rays came from the area of the original rotating lights, with the exception of a couple that came from some clouds over the front of us." The nearest town to the sighting area is Wisconsin Dells, Wis. (population 2,393) in Sauk County, approximately 45 miles (72 kilometers) north of Madison. (Many thanks to Rev. Billy Dee and UFOSSI for this report.)
On Tuesday, August 10, 1999, at 10:30 p.m., Kevin A. and two friends from Auburn, Michigan were camped out at Hovey Lake in the Hiawatha National Forest on Michigan's Upper Peninsula when they sighted a UFO. Hovey Lake is near Munising, Michigan (population 2,783), a port town on the south shore of Lake Superior approximately 116 miles (185 kilometers) west of Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan. Kevin reported, "The object was traveling from northeast to southwest and would randomly flash very brightly, then fade out, then start to glow brightly again while increasing speed, as if it were entering or re-entering the atmosphere. It looked like a star, but when it started to glow, it had an orange tint to it. The object or UFO or whatever you want to call it changed direction simultaneously." At 5:30 a.m., on Wednesday, August 11, 1999, the trio "took off for the beach. We had been lying on the beach for about an hour when our friend (the UFO) appeared from the east. At this point, the sun was just under the horizon." The UFO "hovered directly over us high in the sky and then it seemd to 'play around.' The object was zigzagging around and doing crazy loops, as if the pilot didn't know how to fly the damn thing." "While this particular craft was fooling around, two more crafts came out of the north (from Lake Superior--J.T.) and got into a triangle formation with the other one. The triangular formation seemed to be large because they were so high up there. I'd say a few miles apart. And it almost seemed as if they were waiting for something. Weird!" "I brought my View Cam along and actually picked up one of the objects," Kevin added. ""Although I don't even know how I got it because it didn't show up on my (camcorder's) three-inch screen. Not until later did I realize this when I put the tape in the VCR." (Many thanks to Linda H. for forwarding this report.)
On Monday, August 23, 1999, at 2:15 p.m., the eyewitness, Douglas, was "sitting in my office at my residence, using the Internet and listening to the police scanner. The Christian County Sheriff's Department office dispatcher started having problems with all of the (police) patrols out in the field." Then Douglas heard a strange humming sound on frequency 155.565, the local police radio band. "I could hear the humming sound that was affecting the radios, and I could hear the humming in my office. I thought we'd just had a power surge that had affected the town of Ozark." Ozark, Missouri (population 4,243) is on Highway 14 about seven miles (11 kilometers) southeast of Springfield. "About five minutes had passed, and I was still hearing the humming, and the dispatcher was getting I finally walked outside my residence. Looking to the west, I saw nothing. The sky was mostly clear but with a little overcast. As I walked down my front porch, I noticed a silver-gray disk directly above my residence towards the southeast. It was approximately 100 yards (90 meters) long and 15 feet high. It was tilted at about 25 degrees towards the earth. The humming continued constantly. The disk had a blue, then white, then red light coming from the bottom, moving in a perfect circle." "It then moved directly from the southeast to the northwest of my location, along the Finley River that runs through town and disappeared straight upwards." (Many thanks to Linda H. for this report.) (Editor's Note: This is the sixth report of a UFO in Ozark, Missouri since UFO Roundup began publication in February 1996. That town is definitely the home port for UFOs in Missouri.)
Tennessee's UFO flap entered its second week with a sighting reported in the mountain town of Dandridge (population 1,540). Elizabeth G., 19, "was going east on Highway 25/70" when "my attention was drawn to a bright light in the upper right hand side of my (field of) vision. I also noticed a larger orangish light about three inches to the lower left" of the bright light. "I wasn't sure if it was moving at first, but, as I slowed down to get a better look, it sped up. It was moving to the left at the same speed an airplane would. I pulled over to make sure it was a blinking light or an airplane, but it wasn't." "I pulled over into a gravel lot and rolled down my window. As I began watching it again, two lights broke away--in opposite directions.. One was red, the other was blue. The object was about the size of a dime (at arm's length--J.T.) Then it shot off in another direction." "I wasn't the only one who saw it. I passed three other parked cars as I pulled over." Dandridge is located 23 miles (36 kilometers) east of Knoxville, Tennessee. (Email Interview) (Editor's Note: Elizabeth had a previous UFO sighting on September 7, 1998 near White Pine, Tennessee.)
On Sunday, September 5, 1999, at 5:20 a.m., Stanley W. and his four fishing buddies were standing on the beach in Pedasi, Panama, "waiting for the boatman to bring the boat back to the beach for a fishing trip. We observed a light in the sky due east at about 5 to 10 degrees above the horizon. It looked like a spotlight in the sky. It would disappear as the cloud moved over it from right to left (east to west--J.T.) Then it suddenly moved from left to right and did it again horizontally several times. Just before the sun came up, it disappeared." (Many thanks to Linda R. of Texas for forwarding this report.)
There appears no end in sight to the current UFO flap in the Gwent region of Wales. The latest sighting occurred on Friday, September 3, 1999, at 12:05 p.m. when "a very large, shiny, metallic, cigar-shaped object was. seen. The object was observed over the (Motorway) A465, Head of the Valley Road, while the witness was travelling from Brynmawr to Ebbw Vale. The object was said to be stationary in the sky at approximately 2,000 feet above the Ebbw Vale roundabout (rotary in the USA--J.T.)" Ebbw Vale is about 45 miles (72 kilometers) north of Cardiff. The flap began on Sunday, July 17, 1999, at 4 p.m., when a woman from Ebbw Vale and two members of her family "saw a metallic sphere while travelling from Aberbeeg towards Cum," and watched the object for 15 minutes. The UFO 'was described as a metallic sphere. It was observed for 15 minutes" and "was stationary despite strong winds. A thin layer of cloud passed behind the object, and it was shortly after enveloped by thick cloud...the object did not reappear that day." After a story about the sighting appeared in the Gazette, another witness came forward and said he had seen the UFO on Saturday, July 16, 1999, "over Sugarloaf Mountain in Abergavenny," near Ebbw Vale. Investigating the flurry of sightings is the South Wales UFO Research Network (SWUFORN). (Many thanks to Paul McCart and SWUFORN for these reports.)
from the UFO Files...
Last week's issue told how the S.S. Hudson foundered in a gale on Lake Superior, just west of Eagle Harbor on Michigan's Keweenaw peninsula, on September 16, 1901. All twenty-four crewmen aboard were killed. On September 16, 1948, the long-sunken Hudson was seen afloat and adrift on Lake Superior by a tugboat fisherman from Eagle Harbor. But this wasn't the only appearance of the Hudson. On September 16, 1977, a couple we'll call "Dave and Brenda Peterson" left Duluth Minnesota on a warm and sunny morning, heading for the small city of Two Harbors, 25 miles (40 kilometers) to the northeast. Instead of driving on U.S. Highway 61 to Duluth, Dave and Brenda opted to take "Old Highway 61," now known as the North Shore Scenic Drive, up along the shore, where "wide sweeping vistas of Lake Superior are common." "Near the mouth of the Lester River," at the Duluth city limits, Dave and Brenda "spotted a freighter running close in and parallel to the shore. Black smoke curled up from the stacks, and a white mustache hung off her bow as it plowed majestically towards Duluth." What a strange sight the vessel was, an old steamer about 320 feet long with a wooden pilothouse forward and two distinctive black smokestacks aft. "Having grown up on the (Great) lakes, both noticed two things." "First, it was far closer to shore than normal, and, second, it was an old-style vessel." "Wanting to get a closer look at the unusual ship, the husband drove several more miles until he came to a place where he could safely turn off the narrow road and still see the lake." "But when they looked again for the ship, it was gone. The lake was absolutely clear, without even a hint of fog, smoke or mist. From horizon to the rocky shore, nothing but water could be seen." The Petersons kept their encounter to themselves for many years. However, on November 11, 1995, they appeared on a local TV program, Gales of November, and told their unusual tale. Their description of the vessel matches a 1901 photograph of the Hudson. (See the book Haunted Lakes by Frederick Stonehouse, Lake Superior Port Cities, Inc., Duluth, Minn., 1997, pages 110 and 111.)
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