A Ranier, MN, witness reports watching and photographing a silent, slow-moving object that hovered for two to three minutes, then "turned in a circle motion" as it moved away, according to July 20, 2011, testimony from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.
"We all just were in shock and a bit freaked out, but amazed that it was so close," the reporting witness stated. "I happened to have my phone and was quick to snap just one picture. It seemed like it was almost right over the top of us. And it moved some but not much. It turned in a circle motion as it went up into never never land."
The witness submitted Image # 1 with the MUFON report, which was filed on July 20, 2011. The event occured on July 2, 2011. The above quote was edited for clarity.
Ranier is a city in Koochiching County, MN, population 188.
Minnesota is a current UFO ALERT 5 rating, with a low number of UFO sightings nationally. Minnesota had 8 reports in June 2011 - while California had 42 UFO reports - the highest reporting state in the nation.
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The following is the unedited and as yet uninvestigated report filed with MUFON. Please keep in mind that most UFO reports can be explained as something natural or manmade. If Minnesota MUFON State Director Lorna Hunter investigates and reports back on this case, I will release an update. Please report UFO activity to MUFON.com.
MN, July 2, 2011 - Out of no where this object just appeared. MUFON Case # 30272.
I was with some friends, we were hanging out at her house on the lake, by Ranier, MN and all of a sudden this object appeared.
It hovered for about 2-3 mins and then gone. didn't hear any sounds as it was super quiet. We all just were in shock and a bit freaked out... but amazed that it was SO close. I happened to have my phone and was quick to snap just one picture. It seemed like it was almost right over the top of us... and it moved some but not much. It turned in a circle motion as it went up into never never land.
This is not the first time I have seen this around this area, but this is the first time i was able to get a picture and the first time it was so close. My first sighting of this was further up the lake, on Rainy Lake. I also know of others that have seen them around here as well, but all stories I have ever heard, they have spotted them on the Lake.