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  Category 2, Close Encounters 
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A Hynek Classification of Close Encounter is usually an incident involving an object less than 500 feet from the witness.  The size of the object,  viewing conditions, or stereoscopic vision (depth perception)  may render the object in greater detail and still qualify the sighting as a Close Encounter even though the object may have been beyond 500'.  The incident depicted in the logo was encountered during an intense storm near Princeton, IN,  Aug. 1973.

UFO Sucks Up Loose Snow
March 9, 1957
Baudette, Minnesota

Fran Ridge:
March 9, 1957; Baudette, Minnesota (BB)
The sighting had been made on the ground by a pilot with 2,000 flying hours. The object he saw was circular, from fifteen to eighteen feet in diameter. Moving upwind, its odd glow shone on the snow-covered ground. It was so low that it seemed to suck the loose snow up under it as it passed. (Flying Saucers: Top Secret by Donald Keyhoe, p. 56, 1960)

Loren Gross:
March 9, 1957; Baudette, Minnesota
Early evening. An unidentified but experienced pilot, while driving toward the Bemidji Airport spotted what resembled the head light of a train above tree tops and moving over "the bog." He said it was highly luminous, circular in shape, though indistinct at its periphery. It was soundless, the pilot continued, and appeared to be 15-18 feet in diameter as it traveled at an estimated 50 to 60 mph just above tree-top level, heading SE. The witness was paraphrased as indicating the UFO "was close enough to the ground so that the motion of its passage appeared to suck swirling snow up under it." (THE FIFTH HORSEMAN OF THE APOCALYPSE UFOS: A HISTORY 1957: JANUARY - MARCH 22ND by Loren E. Gross)

Detailed reports and documents
1957_03_09_US_MN_Baudette (Barry Greenwood)

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