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Occurred : 7/5/1998 23:30 (Entered as : 07/05/98 23:30)
Reported: 10/16/2000 20:31
Posted: 3/21/2003
Location: Cook, MN
Shape: Light
Duration:seven to eight minutes
a point of light which flew zig-zags, loops and back and forth over an area of minnesotas north woods. it was nearly midnight.

standing on a dock in a bay of lake vermillion i was star-gazing when i saw a distant light to the north a few degrees above the distant treeline. my immedite feeling was fear, the light was zig-zagging at about the rate an airplane might fly and it looked like it was lost, searching for a landmark in the darkness and so i feared for the plane's safety. as i watched the plane turned around and headed back to where i first saw it, but this time without zig-zagging. it then zig-zagged in an ascending way, flew what appeared to be a few degrees off of heading in my direction and gradually did a series of 3 loops. this was followed by a long, straight flight back in the same direction as the first zig-zag, and a straight flight back to near where it did loops. by now i was so fascinated i turned to look in the boat for my binoculars and when i turned back, the light was gone. there was no strobe, just a constant point of white light. it kept a steady speed. there was no sound. i looked at maps the following day and there is very little development in this section of northwoods. my rational mind says it was a pilot out for a midnight joyride. most planes here are seaplanes. what do you think. please answer.