A photo from the CIA "X-Files" showing a possible UFO sighting in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Oct. 20, 1960.
(FOX 9) - It’s been 43 years since Minnesota’s most infamous UFO sighting occurred after a deputy with the Marshall County Sheriff's Office had a close encounter with a flying object. Now decades later, hundreds of unidentified flying objects are still being reported across the state. Over 2,000 possible Minnesota UFO sightings have been recorded by the National UFO Reporting Center (NUFORC), ranking the state 23rd in the nation for most reported sightings. "I think it [UFO reports] will awaken the human population on our planet to the fact that we appear to be being visited by UFOs on a routine basis," director of NUFORC Peter Davenport told FOX 9.
"And the value of that information will probably be the greatest, most important scientific question that’s ever confronted mankind: ‘Are we alone in this galaxy, or are we not?’"NUFORC receives roughly 6,000-8,000 UFO sightings from across the country per year and some internationally. The Minnesota chapter of the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) gets an estimated 100 reported sightings per year.However, several UFO sightings can be explained by Starlink satellites, planets, twinkling stars, and weather phenomena, while others cannot. Deputy Val Johnson is one of those unexplained UFO encounters that left investigators with more questions than answers. OSLO, MN.
- NOVEMBER 1979: Val Johnson, a 35-year-old Marshall County Deputy Sheriff, reported being engulfed by a flash of light while patrolling Minnesota Highway 220 near Stephen, in the northwest corner of the state, the evening of August 27, 197 On Aug. 27, 1979, Johnson was outside the town of Stephen when a small, bright