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This is the original copy of The W-Files first posted in August of 1997

Yup, this was it, just one page of text. I found this file by chance while going through some old boxes. Surprisingly enough, I still had a disk where I had saved the very first issue for some reason. I knew I had started the site in 1997 so I checked the "Last Modified" date on this original file and found that it was August of 1997. Note that since I'm re-posting it just as it originally appeared most of the links to other sites probably don't work anymore.

Da truth is out der

All cities listed are located in Wisconsin, so all the times are Central Standard Time. If you have any info on UFO sightings or related phenomena in the state of Wisconsin, e-mail me at REMOVED.

August 9, 1997 at 11:35 and 11:55 pm


Manitowoc County in Wisconsin reported its second week of UFO sightings, with two in the vicinity of County Highway G. Manitowoc (population 32,547), a port city on Lake Michigan, is approximately 82 miles (131 kilometers) north of Milwaukee. The area has a long history of UFO activity dating back to the "airship sensation" of 1897.

On Saturday, August 9, 1997, a Franklin man and his two sons "spotted it (a UFO) from their van while driving north (at) about 11:35 p.m. on County Highway G south of Maple Grove.

The UFO hovered silently in the sky for about 15 seconds over a woods, then descended rapidly, almost as if crashing, he told the Manitowoc, Wisconsin Herald Times Reporter. He described the UFO as "large and triangular with three reddish-orange lights."

"It was the strangest thing," he said, "There was no sound. Not a cricket, not a dog, not a frog. Nothing."

At 11:55 p.m., the man's family "was sitting in its living room when his daughter saw the second UFO."

This was another triangular UFO with "rounded corners but with the same reddish-orange lights. It hovered for a few minutes, then disappeared as quickly as the first."

"I should have run and got the 35mm camera. But I was so awestruck by it," he said.

UFO Roundup - Volume 2, Number 33.
Also, see the Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter for August 8, 1997.

August 1, 1997

Between Manitowoc and Brillion

On Friday night, August 1, 1997, Fred P. was "driving west on Highway 10 from Manitowoc, Wisconsin (population 32,547) to Brillion, Wisconsin (population 2,907) when I saw something quite unusual."

"It was almost like a mini-airshow using unusual aircraft," he reported. "There were three of them. It was quite dark, and all I could see was their light pattern, illustrated below."



"Each individual craft had the above light pattern, where the X is a flashing white light, and the * are solid yellow lights...the three of them were moving quite slowly, but they did some interesting precision maneuvers."

UFO Roundup - Volume 2, Number 32.

June 14, 1997 at 3:45 pm


On Saturday, June 14, 1997, at 3:45 p.m., William H. and his friend Julie were "sitting outside on our friends' porch" in the city of Milwaukee (population 636,212) when Julie spotted something strange in the sky over Lake Michigan.

"Julie says, awestruck, 'Oh, my God, look at that!'" Mr. H. recalled. "At that point we both sprang from our chairs and stared at an erratic bright yellow/orange light doing crazy spirals. And then it slowed down a little and dropped out of the sky. What I want to know is if anybody else witnessed what we saw?"

UFO Roundup - Volume 2, Number 25.

June 10, 1997 at 5:00 pm

Sturgeon Bay

On Tuesday, June 10, 1997, at about 5 p.m., Rev. Billy Dee was driving home on Wisconsin's Door Peninsula, "leaving the outskirts of the city of Sturgeon Bay (population 8,847)."

As he looked up "into the clear blue sky," Rev. Dee saw "a metallic object that was brightly illuminated by the sun but also threw off its own light. Although small, about the size of a small hen's egg, it was clear and vivid...It was the classic saucer shape craft...At first I thought it may be a small one-engine plane. But I soon gave up that thought, as I viewed the craft for over two minutes before it vanished. I can only describe it as what I saw was dazzling and beautiful, and mind-boggling."

UFO Roundup - Volume 2, Number 25.

April 25, 1997 at 9:45 pm


A Wisconsin family claims to have sighted three UFOs on April 25, 1997, the night over 30 UFOs were seen over New Brighton, Minnesota, just north of the "Twin Cities" of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

The family lives in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin (population 9,909), located 40 miles (64 kilometers) west of Milwaukee.

"We are avid sky watchers and go 'sky fishing' on clear nights, one or two nights a week," Mr. P.H. said. "For months, we have observed extremely high moving objects which traverse the sky in a few minutes. Under the increased power of my binoculars, they appear solid, self-illuminated and round. These objects, which we named 'High Movers'...are moving in a north-to-south or south-to-north direction, with slight east and west variations. This is not consistent with satellites."

Also, P.H. pointed out that his family is seeing these "High Movers" at nighttime hours when convential orbital satellites are cloaked in Earth's umbra (shadow).

"That night (April 25, 1997), my wife and I and our 13-year-old daughter had gone out about 9:30 p.m. to our favorite viewing spot outside of town (Oconomowoc)," he reported. "It is a remote, rural area, and the sky was crystal clear. That night we saw a total of seven High Movers."

"Now, here is what is interesting," he added, "all but two were moving to the northwest, towards Minnesota! I followed one moving to the northwest about 9:45 p.m. with my binoculars and just as it was about to drop below the horizon, I saw another moving near it, more to the east. I was totally amazed to have two in my field of vision at the same time, since viewing through binoculars greatly restricts your field of vision. A third High Mover (UFO) streaked past both of them. Wow! I've never seen three in the sky at once...much less in the same binocular field of view."

"I believe I was witnessing the comings and goings of some of the objects witnessed in Minnesota," he added, "The date was the same, the time was approximately the same, and the compass direction (northwest) appears to be the same, as well."

UFO Roundup - Volume 2, Number 21.

October 20, 1996 at 3:00 pm


Dan Jensen and his wife were driving south on Wisconsin Highway 41 just outside the city of Appleton (population 59,032). "As we were driving," Jensen recalls, "we happened to look to the southwest and saw a very shiny object. From the horizon there was blue sky, then a cloud bank, then more blue sky. This object was in the center of (below) the cloud bank. I thought it was an airplane with the sun glaring off the body. But below the shining or gleaming object and to our right was an airplane. You could see the shape of the plane and that it only showed glare off the top of it. The other object's whole body glowed brilliantly and had the distinct (saucer) shape of a UFO. It seemed to be somewhat larger than the plane even though it was farther away. It was visible for about two minutes, then disappeared into the clouds. As we were passing others on the highway, we saw at least two other drivers looking in that direction. We would like to know if anyone else saw it."

UFO Roundup - Volume 1, Number 35. October 27, 1996. (Email Interview)

August 9-10, 1996


If you're on the streets of Stanley, Wisconsin, USA between the hours of 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. Central time, you're liable to run into UFO buff John K., out for his nightly walk. Stanley is a small town in north central Wisconsin, 35 miles (56 kilometers) east of Eau Claire and 165 miles (264 kilometers) west of Wausau.

"On Friday night (August 9, 1996), I was walking up a street that faces due east," John K. reported. "August can really exhibit beautiful clear skies, and this (night) was one of them. I was just gazing upward and taking in the panorama when I saw this white light which seemed to be almost 'floating' (the closest I can describe it) across the sky, heading northward. I stopped walking, for I thought the motion was just an illusion caused by my own motion. Well, I stopped but the white light didn't. I'm not too good at judging altitudes and speed, but the light was way up there, seemingly right in between the stars. My guess is that it had to be at least 30,000 to 40,000 feet. The object's speed was probably between 100 and 200 miles per hour. It had to be a craft of some sort because it was an exceptionally clear sky. The object would sort of dip toward the east, then slip back into a northward direction. The weirdest thing is that after ten seconds of watching this thing,it simply disappeared."

"I didn't think too much about it, except that it was strange, so I kept walking up the hill. I stopped about halfway and looked upward, and saw an F-16, or what I took to be an F-16. It was going pretty slowly (usually by the time you hear them, they're gone.) The F-16 was at about half the altitude of the white object and heading east. When I reached the top of the hill, it had banked and was heading north in the path of the object."

"On Saturday night (August 10, 1996) I was on the other side of town and saw something rather unusual. Once again it was about 10 p.m. but I was heading south this time and saw the same kind of bright white object heading at a very slow pace toward the southeast. The strange thing is that it was being flanked by an F-16 (which was practically above my position) about five miles to the north of it (the UFO), maintaining the same airspeed."

John points out that the UFO seemed to be headed in the direction of Fort McCoy.

This is the first UFO sighting in Stanley, Wisconsin since October 1995. For a month, residents reported seeing F-16s flying combat air patrols over the town. On one occasion, an F-16 circled downtown Stanley three times, as if searching for something. The October 1995 flap began when the police department in nearby Chippewa Falls, 26 miles east of Stanley, received numerous reports of "a star" that literally "dropped into the atmosphere and zigzagged to below treetop levels."

UFO Roundup - Volume 1, Number 27.

April 14, 1996 at 2:00 am

Polk County

Sheriff's Dept. repts. call from citizen of large, bizarre object passing overhead below clouds. Bright amber lights.

National UFO Reporting Center

April 14, 1996


Woman, husband see "huge" cluster of 5x BRIGHT lights pass from SW to NE beneath broken clouds. Beautiful "tail of light!!"

National UFO Reporting Center

March 1, 1996


Man witnesses a large, orange-colored ball of light. Minutes later, he sees a bizarre cluster of sequentially blinking balls of light.

National UFO Reporting Center

January 20, 1996 at 10:00 pm


Anonymous caller reports seeing a cigar-shaped craft, with "8 dim blue and red lights" along its length. (No other details provided)

National UFO Reporting Center

December 1, 1995 at 5:20 pm


Woman in car witnesses "shooting star" descend vertically, suddenly stop, suddenly shoot of horizontally. Multiple lights on it.

National UFO Reporting Center

October 14, 1995 10:30 pm


Co. emerg. dispatch relays sighting of "pointed, oval obj." by family of 4. When bright light dimmed, "spikes sticking out" visible.

National UFO Reporting Center

October 10, 1995 at 7:45 pm


Man on Hwy 43 SW of Milwaukee sees large, bright blue light streak by his car, descend, turn, cross road ahead, strobe. Bizarre!

National UFO Reporting Center

August 21, 1995 at 2:00 am


Trucker witnesses "big, orange ball" flying directly toward from the south. Obj. suddenly "split into 5 pieces," disappeared.

National UFO Reporting Center

August 13, 1995 at 11:10 pm

Coon Valley

Couple see a "bright blue, flickering light" through clouds. Assert it definitely is moving. (Possible celestial body?)

National UFO Reporting Center

July 28, 1995 at 2:00 pm


Man & wife witness bizarre, very bright, silver-looking disc in clear sky. Obj. was joined suddenly by two identical craft.

National UFO Reporting Center

June 5, 1995

A Wisconsin Lake

ISCNI member Dolores Finney has sent this preliminary report on an apparent crop circle-like formation recently discovered in aquatic vegetation in a Wisconsin lake. Dee writes:

The circle is indeed on a lake. Witnesses said that they were inside their cabin when they heard what sounded like a low, slow moving train going across the sky over the cabin. They were too frightened to go outside to see what it was. Then, they heard a strong wind out over the lake and the reeds rustling. They did not go outside until the next morning, when to their surprise they saw the circle of flattened reeds out on the lake. Taking a row boat out to the site, they saw that they could actually get out of the boat and walk on the flattened reeds as it had become like a mat floating on the water. Other people came out to see the site and when you get out of the boat, you sink down about three inches into the water (water is up to your ankles) but there is actually five feet of water below the mat of flattened reeds.

The description I have is that there is a center circle, with extension arms going out to two sides, then two smaller circles at each end of the arms.

The Milwaukee MUFON leader has been out there examining the site, as has Tim from my local UFO group who took photos.

The photos will be done [soon], at which time we hope to copy them and FAX them to Linda Howe. Tim is also working on hiring a small plane to fly out over the lake and take pictures from the air.

What keeps coming to mind, is that in 5 feet of water, this couldn't possibly have been faked. (I hope I'm right on this).

CNI News
Original file name: .CNI - Water Crop Circle 6.5

May 12, 1995 at 2:00 am


University of Wisconsin students observe strange boot-like object in sky over Lake Mendota.

National UFO Reporting Center

February 2, 1995 at 7:15 pm


Many witness strange craft streaking in night sky. Descended vertically very fast, hovered. Reptd. U.S. jets in pursuit. Bizarre.

National UFO Reporting Center

January 23, 1995 at 11:42 pm


Rusk Co. Sheriff's office reports officer's observation of hovering light in SE sky. (Possible star?)

National UFO Reporting Center

March 20, 1988

Richland Center

John R. Salter, Jr. claims to have been abducted from his 1987 red Ford pickup with his son, John III.

The account by John R. Salter, Jr. Click here for the entire account.

August 12, 1967 at 2:30 am


Mr. and Mrs. Miedtke, awakened by the barking of their dog, saw a large hemispherical object with a fluorescent glow and a short flash of light. Too terrified to go outside, they heard heavy footsteps around their trailer. At dawn there was a sound like that of a generator, and seconds later the object was gone.

The Magonia Database compiled by Jacques Vallee and published in his book "Passport to Magonia." Database entry number 868. (Lor. III 27)

April 27, 1967 at 10:00 pm

Green Lake

Four boys with binoculars observed an object come lower with oscillating motions, illuminating the woods 1 km away. It was cone-shaped, with a blue underside, and a top that changed from red to orange to white.

The Magonia Database compiled by Jacques Vallee and published in his book "Passport to Magonia." Database entry number 838. (Atic)

September 7, 1966 at 8:00 pm


About 15 km east of Durand, Mrs. E. Bruns and her two children observed an elongated object, about 10 m long, with revolving lights, hovering 1 m above ground and making a deafening noise. After 30 sec, it tilted and took off.

The Magonia Database compiled by Jacques Vallee and published in his book "Passport to Magonia." Database entry number 795. (APRO Sep., 66)

March 24, 1966 at 10:15 pm


Two women saw a glowing object on the road. As they came near it, they found that it hovered and showed two intense white lights, as well as a green and red light. The object was bowl-shaped, and they lost sight of it when they drove away. They saw it again later, flying low on a south-north trajectory.

The Magonia Database compiled by Jacques Vallee and published in his book "Passport to Magonia." Database entry number 735. (Atic)

April 3, 1964 at 9:00 pm


Four people in a car observed a rigid configuration of intense red and white lights, apparently attached to a large object that came to ground level, hovered, and flew off very fast as they were driving about 2 km west of Monticello.

The Magonia Database compiled by Jacques Vallee and published in his book "Passport to Magonia." Database entry number 594. (Atic; Challenge 31)

April 18, 1961 at 11:00 am

Eagle River

J. Simonton heard a whining sound and saw an object, 10 m in diameter, 4m high, with exhaust pipes around the periphery, land near his house. A door was opened and a man appeared. About 1.50 m tall, he wore a black, turtle-neck pullover with a white band at the belt, and black trousers with a vertical white band along the side. Two figures were visible inside the object. Simonton filled a jug with water, returned it to the man, who gave him three ordinary pancakes, and the craft took off.

The Magonia Database compiled by Jacques Vallee and published in his book "Passport to Magonia." Database entry number 517. (Atic; Magonia)

December 11, 1957 at 4:00 pm


Many cars stopped to observe a silent, reddish, glowing disk, about 15 m in diameter, which flew 6 m above the ground at about 80 km/h. A small, windowless cabin was visible on the underside of the object.

The Magonia Database compiled by Jacques Vallee and published in his book "Passport to Magonia." Database entry number 450. (FS Jul., 58)

We sure have come a long way since then, hey?

After I posted The W-Files, the first time it was mentioned on another site was December 7, 1997. I remember this because in 1997 Joseph Trainor was still including a "Fun UFO Links" section in the weekly UFO Roundup newsletter that most of you are very familiar with, and in Volume 2 Number 47 he decided to link to The W-Files. He even put the site first on the list. You can see a copy of this issue in his archives at

Now we've arrived at the third anniversary of The W-Files site. Who would have ever thought that my little collection of paranormal stories would ever grow this big? I'd like to sincerely thank you all for your interest, and hopefully we'll be following the paranormal in Wisconsin for years to come!

Jim Aho
August 24, 2000