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.
When 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 sheriffâ€™s office initial complaint report, somethingÂ 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,Â 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?