Location: Elk River, Minnesota, United States
a woman told police that she spotted a UFO in her Elk
River neighborhood, three more sightings of UFOs in the
Elk River area occurred in mid-September, 1992. One man
in Albertville saw a saucer-shaped object, 5-6 feet across.
Then, a person who works for him, Terry Townsend, saw
a UFO the size of a passenger jet that was ringed with
lights. And a cab driver witnessed a UFO with 10 porthole-type
Drawing of the UFO described by Terry Townsend on Sept.
16. (Betsy Wait, Star News)
The man from Albertville described this object, seen on
Sept. 13, to graphic designer Betsy
Wait of Star News. (Star News)
Joni Astrup, Star News (Elk River, MN), Sept. 30, 1992
UFO sightings reported:
Four people say they saw flying objects
in Elk River area"
Joni Astrup, Staff writer
more reports of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) have
surfaced since a woman told police that she spotted a
UFO in her Elk River neighborhood, earlier this month.
all, four individuals have reported seeing UFOs in the
Elk River area in mid-September. Here's a rundown of what
they saw and when:
Sunday, Sept. 13: A man who lives near Albertville looked
out his patio door about 10:30 p.m. and saw a reflection
of light on his neighbor's window. When he walked out
into his yard to investigate, he spotted an object about
100 yards away and 50 yards above the ground.
said it was 5 to 6 feet across, 1 to 2 feet thick and
tapered on each end like a saucer.
object had several diamond-shaped windows or lights in
a row around the middle. An unusual yellow-blue light
shone from the diamonds.
top and bottom of the object were stationary, but the
center was spinning counterclockwise, he said. While the
diamonds were located in the spinning region, they remained
man said he watched the object for about 20 seconds "and
then suddenly, the lights went out and it was gone."
said the object was silent.
Wednesday, Sept. 16: Terry Townsend of Princeton, who
works with the man from Albertville [who also had a sighting,
a few days earlier], said he encountered a UFO after midnight
as he was driving through northeastern Elk River on his
way home from work as an industrial mechanic in the Twin
describes in detail what he saw in a letter to the editor
on page 4. [not available]
said the dark grey object was the size of a large passenger
jet and was ringed with white, red and green lights. The
round, white lights could have been portholes, he said.
from the portholes "was a pure white light like
you've never seen before." Each white light wasn't
one beam like a spotlight, but was made up of about a
dozen smaller beams similar to light coming through a
light only extended about two feet beyond the edge of
the object, he said, 400 feet off the road. Townsend said
he was startled but not afraid when he came around a bend
in the road and saw it.
read about it, you see pictures and think that's not possible,
it can't be," he said. "It's unlike anything
you've ever been through. You don't fully understand it
until you experience it."
said he doesn't feel the objects are anything to fear.
Thursday, Sept. 17: As described in last week's Star News,
an Elk River woman reported seeing strange lights about
4:45 a.m. after getting up to go to the bathroom. The
three huge lights were hovering about six feet off the
ground in her neighbor's back yard. When she moved to
another windowforabetter look, the lights had moved and
she saw a large beam of light shining on the street.
beam of light was there and then it was gone," she
said. "That's when I thought I must have witnessed
reported the incident to police.
Friday, Sept. 18: A cab driver traveling through Elk River
about 8 p.m. told police he saw an object in the air near
the intersection of Baugh Street and County Road 12 east
of Elk River.
man, who declined to be named, said the passenger in his
car also saw the object and kept an eye on it as they
drove west into Elk River.
described it as fairly large and traveling close to the
ground too close to be a passenger jet. The object
was quite far off in the distance and moving slowly in
a northwesterly direction.
man said they were unable to make out its shape, but a
row of at least 10 porthole-type lights were visible.
It appeared light was streaming through the portholes,
was amazing," he added. "I just can't
imagine what it was." The sightings have attracted
the attention of an organization called the Mutual UFO
Thrash, a member of the group in the Twin Cities, said
they like to go out and talk to the people who report
UFOs and see where the objects were spotted, soil samples
and have them analyzed.
Mutual UFO Network Inc. is a non-profit research organization
with about 4,000 members worldwide.
said people have reported seeing UFOs of a variety of
shapes ranging from diamond, saucer and wing-shaped to
square, V and cigar shaped.
commonly hear a low humming noise from the object if it
is very low or the person is directly under it. Otherwise,
he said the objects are generally silent.