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The UFOs of Sylvan Lake

This post was written by Anna
on August 24, 2009 | Comments (4)

Here in the heartland of Minnesota, Land of 10,000 Lakes, lies Sylvan Lake, but a hop, skip, and jump away from Minneapolis/St. Paul.

My fiance has been fishing on Sylvan Lake for over 30 years, having grown up in the area, and in the past 3 years he and I have taken to fishing on a private lake adjacent to Sylvan Lake; the two bodies of water are connected by a freshwater stream. Imagine our surprise when, on July 27, something “landed” in Sylvan Lake, causing a 40-foot wave, eddying water, and a police response that included a 9-man dive team and four city departments.

wadopWhen divers searching 26 feet of murky, muddy water turned up nothing, the county arrived with its side-scanning sonar, which is used to efficiently create an image of large areas of the sea floor. According to the sheriff’s office initial complaint report, something  the size of a washing machine was located. It was not a rounded object, and the sheriff’s report concluded that the object could have been a fallen satellite. To date, no NASA scientists have called looking for a missing satellite.

A call was placed, and researchers from MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) came to Minnesota from Nebraska to investigate. After a thorough investigation,  case number 18646 was closed by MUFON. And whatever it was is still unknown. Rich Webb, an investigator with MUFON, said that he suspected a methane bubble was released from the lake bed.

So, that leaves a few potential options of what hit Lake Sylvan:

  • A satellite (according to the sheriff’s report, it must have been a satellite since the object they located was not rounded. Why would a UFO need to be rounded?)
  • A UFO (apparently refuted by MUFON investigators, who used scientific methods to determine what had hit the lake; they have now closed their case)
  • Blue ice (the dumping of which from airplanes is now illegal, and which would not account for the washing machine-sized object on the lake bed, as it would have melted shortly after hitting the water).
  • A methane bubble (also would not account for the large object found on the lake bottom)

Four possibilities, and each with a reason why it is not a likely solution. What could possibly have the lake? What is my incomplete list missing? Since there was only one eyewitness, was the entire story fabricated? Do I dare go fishing in Lake Sylvan again?

Reader Comments

Written By Christy
on August 25th, 2009 @ 8:36 am

Could the object be a meteor?

Written By Anna L.
on September 10th, 2009 @ 10:18 am

It very well could be–I forgot to add that! Thanks!

Written By Jenine
on September 19th, 2009 @ 6:29 pm

That is fascinating! I wonder if it was something, along the lines of the Loch Ness monster who maybe came UP from way down deep ….I know, I know, am just thinking out loud. But I do love these sorts of mysteries. Anyway, do you know that show on television now called MONSTERS? They investigate these sorts of things. I wonder if they should be given a call? Thanks for the story!

Written By Anna L.
on September 22nd, 2009 @ 10:55 am

Thanks, Jenine! I’ve been fishing on the adjacent lake since the incident, and I’ve noticed an abundance of (what appear to be) small methane bubbles, so now I’m beginning to lean towards that possibility. It still leaves so many questions unanswered, though…

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