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Occurred : 8/21/2001 04:00 (Entered as : 08/21/01 04:00)
Reported: 10/28/2001 6:55:59 PM 18:55
Posted: 3/21/2003
Location: Ely (about 40-50 miles outside), MN
Shape: Light
Duration:a minute or or two
While canoeing at 3:30 AM we saw a blinking light in the sky similar to that of an aircraft. Suddenly it lit up & sped away

9 people. 3 canoes. I was in a canoe with two others. We saw everything. The other canoers saw nothing. Strange...

We were on a summer canoe trip in the Boundary Water Wilderness Area of Northern Minnesota. We got up around 3 am that day to paddle in the moonlight. We left at 3:30 AM. About half an hour in, I and my two canoe mates (3 to a canoe) saw something in the north sky. Actually it started being visible (or maybe we just saw it for the first time) when it was very close the the big dipper.

It was a blinking light in the sky. Moving at a steady pace for the first few moments. For the 1st few moments we just brushed it off as an airplane (it looked alot like an airplane would at night) but it was kind of strange--Since when do airplanes fly over Ely, Minnesota? It is the middle of nowhere! OK, maybe we could pass this off as an aiplane taking an alternate route to get to San Fransisco or somewhere. But this was before the spectactle that turned my friend into a believer in UFO's and the like.

The whole sighting lasted oh no more than 2 minutes and it looked just like a plane going thru the sky for about a minute of the two, blinking and moving steadily. But then all of a sudden it lit up (it stopped blinking and got visibly brighter), and then went extremely fast and went out of sight. We were all awestruck