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Was It A UFO? Two Witnesses Believe It Was

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 11:24:56 -0500
Archived: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 11:24:56 -0500
Subject: Was It A UFO? Two Witnesses Believe It Was

Source: Star News - Elk River, Minnesota, USA


Tuesday, 13 November 2007

Was It A UFO? Two Witnesses Believe It Was

by Elizabeth Cook
Staff writer

An Elk River resident and his girlfriend claimed to see an
unidentified flying object in the area recently.

On Nov. 2 at 2:37 a.m., the couple called police reporting
seeing a UFO in the eastern sky from the 11000 block of 200th
Avenue NW.

They said it was jellyfish-shaped and displayed alternating
blue, green and red lights. It was also moving back and forth
and hovering in one spot. According to UFO Evidence, a Web site
that contains information about the UFO phenomena, 50 percent of
the population believes in UFOs and 5 percent of the population
have seen a UFO.

After the call came in, an officer responded to the residence
and also observed the object the two were squinting at, which
appeared to be an unusually bright star or visible planet.

The officer also took note that neither of the parties was
intoxicated or in need of medical attention.

Later, dispatch called the Princeton Airport for a possible
radar contact and learned they did not have the capability to do
so. But, airport personnel did refer dispatch to the National
UFO Reporting Centerís hot line, which said a star named Sirius
was visible in the eastern sky approximately 30 degrees off the

The officer advised the complainant of this new information, but
the resident was still convinced it was a UFO.

Peter Davenport, the director of the Washington-based National
UFO Reporting Center said many calls come in related to
sightings when people are looking at the night sky and really
just seeing twinkling stars.

Itís impossible for him to accurately say what was seen Nov. 2
in Elk River because he wasnít in the area and doesnít know what
they were looking at in the Minnesota sky, but it could have
been Sirius, the brightest star in the sky.

Also thereís a lot of pertinent information missing to determine
whether or not it was really a UFO. Davenport said people need
to fill out a written report pertaining to the direction in
terms of degrees and angle of elevation, or how high up from the
horizon the object was. Also, a written description of the
object is crucial for investigators to determine what was seen.

One of the biggest problems with trying to investigate UFOs is
the lack of written reporting to the center.

Davenport said out of the approximate 10,000 Americans who have
seen a UFO, only one will actually report the sighting and go
the extra measures of calling emergency departments and military
bases to see if anyone else witnessed it.

But, reports of seeing UFOs are not unusual in the Elk River

The Star News reported in 1992 for several weeks many reports of
UFO sightings.

Even Don Heinzman, who was the editor of the paper at the time,
believed the residents making these reports really were seeing

The first report was on Sept. 17, 1992, at 4:45 a.m. when a
woman got up to use the bathroom, looked out the window and saw
three huge lights hovering about 6 feet off the ground in her
neighborís back yard. Within seconds, they disappeared.

After her initial report to police, which ended up turning into
a story the paper ran, a rash of sightings followed. By October
1992, a sign was even put at the entrances to Elk River reading
"UFO Capital of the Universe."

Davenport said just because it might seem like there was a
saturation at the time, doesnít necessarily mean it was true.

A lot of times people will pull pranks, and others really have
no idea what they are seeing and assume itís a UFO. He said in
every community there are normally three or four people who
think theyíve seen a UFO and tell their friends, who then tell
their friends and before long the area seems like a "hotbed" of
sightings, and itís really not.

Calls that were really space shuttles, aura borealis, space
stations, stars, rocket launches and a variety of other things
have been called in as UFOs in the past.

Elk River Police Capt. Bob Kluntz said he remembers the rash of
UFO reports in the early 1990s, but canít remember any after

"I canít remember the last time we got a call on this," he said.
"This is pretty rare."

But the only way to really know is if people report what they
see. Davenport encourages anyone who thinks he or she has seen a
UFO to fill out a written report at www.ufocenter.com.

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