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UFOs reported near Lake Michigan, USA, 1988:

The article below was published in the daily newspaper Jefferson Union, Colorado, USA, on August 18, 1988.

UFOs are reported near Lake Michigan

By The Associated Press

Although there were reports of unidentified flying objects sighted at Sheboygan and near Fond du Lac, authorities are saying they have no official word on what the objects might have been.

Neither Inspector Clarence Kolb of the Sheboygan Police Department nor Sgt. John Damrow of the Fond du Lac County Sheriff's Department said today they were aware of their agencies receiving any reports on the UFO sightings.

Kolb said he had heard speculation that the lights might have been from military night photography exercises, but had no further information on that.

A coast Guard spokesman, Petty Officer Don Hunnicutt, said his agency received no reports of sightings or lights in the sky over Lake Michigan.

Air traffic controllers did not pick up anything unusual on radar when unidentified flying objects were reported this week at Sheboygan and Fond du Lac, the Federal Aviation Administration office at Milwaukee's Mitchell International Airport said.

Kate Ludwig, of Sheboygan, said she was walking with her son Matthew, 12, and a friend, Mary Belleau, when they saw a seriesof bright red lights Tuesday night over Lake Michigan.

"There were seven or eight of them, 50 to 75 times the size of light you would see on a plane. They were huge," Ludwig said. They were in a precise line but curved on the end."

Belleau said she observed a yellow band of light between the red lights. "The lights stretched out, expanding outward, and then appeared to fall in toward the center," she explained. "One of them disappeared. It all happened within seconds."

Strange lights were observed Tuesday night by four people gathered in a yard at a different location in Sheboygan. A man, who asked not to be identified, said the group saw as many as 10 lights "followed by a 'V' formation of 'crass' with red lights," he said.

"I say 'crass' because I really don't know what I was seeing - not planes, not helicopters," he said. "I just don't know. There were no sounds." John Dins said he was working on his dairy farm south of Fond du Lac late Tuesday when he saw a huge oval object with bright orange lights to the southeast. He said it disappeared a short time later.

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