FOND DU LAC
-- It's just a weather balloon. Or is
du Lac area residents aren't surprised
that Long Lake, located near Dundee, was
recently named the top UFO hotspot in
Wisconsin. The area is notorious for
strange lights and objects, plus an
occasional crop circle.
Some people say they've even had close
encounters in the region.
Noah Voss, a paranormal researcher from
Sun Prairie, compiled the UFO list after
years of research. He said he's traveled
to Long Lake numerous times to learn the
region's history and speak with
citizens. He has seen UFOs over the
lake, which he describes in "UFO
Wisconsin: A Progress Report." The
book hit store shelves in late April.
Voss said his book discusses UFOs but
neither confirms nor denies the
existence of aliens. He said he
approaches everything with a critical
eye and doesn't draw conclusions without
"People can sit and read (the book) as a
novel or take it along (on a trip) as a
road guide," he said.
Bill Benson, owner of Benson's Holiday
Hide-a-Way, doesn't deny that something
fishy is going on over Long Lake. He
said he has seen many UFOs and heard
stories from patrons.
He said he's noticed multiple lights
floating overhead. He once saw orange
orbs fly through the rain and enter the
Bonnie Meyer of Neenah said she's seen
balls of light over Long Lake. Some were
gold, green and blue. She also saw a UFO
that looked like two pyramids stuck
"It was beautiful, just beautiful," she
One Y-shaped UFO flew in low, added
Meyer. It made no sound.
"If I had a good arm, I could have hit
it with a rock," she said.
Bob Kuehn, 77, of Fond du Lac, said he's
seen many flashing lights above Long
"It's not new to me," he said. "That's
been going on for over 60 years."
Or maybe longer.
Benson said history shows that even the
Native Americans had unusual experiences
near Long Lake and Dundee Mountain.
"They called it 'Spirit Hill,'" he said.
"There's been strange things forever out
People don't have to look up to see
oddities. Crop circles were reported in
an oat field in the late 1940s. Another
circle appeared in some cattails in
1995, he said.
"It looked like South America from the
air," he said.
UFOs have become such a popular topic
that Benson's business, located at N4241
Boy Scout Drive, Campbellsport, started
hosting UFO Daze with Kuehn. The
celebration, which marks its 20th
anniversary this July, attracts hundreds
of people, some from other countries,
including New Zealand.
"People can come and share their
experiences without being laughed at or
scoffed at," he said.
Meyer said she used to dole out such
"In 1974, my best friend got involved in
UFOs, and I thought she was off her
rocker," she recalled.
Meyer did all she could to prove her
friend wrong — until a camping trip in
1976 changed her perspective. She said
she was on a road near New London when a
round, silver craft landed. She said an
alien walked out and invited her to his
ship. He was about 5-feet, 2-inches tall
and was wearing a silver suit and
helmet, she said.
The ship flew through space for a short
while the alien communicated with her
telepathically, she said. He told her
that aliens, at least the good kind,
feared for humanity because of violence
Since then, Meyer said she's met several
friendly aliens. One of her favorites,
she said, was a 7-foot-tall alien that
resembled a large bird. He had an
eagle's head, a soft blue down and paws
"He was the most compassionate being I
have ever met," she said.
Meyer noted that she's never been afraid
because the aliens were kind.
"We're at a point where we could destroy
ourselves or become more spiritual," she
recalled one saying. "They don't want
that to happen."
Kuehn says he's also communicated with
religious aliens. One that he's
encountered is even a Christian, he
said. Ezeata, an alien from the Plaidian
star system, has communicated with him
telepathically for about 10 years, he
He added that Ezeata visits Long Lake
occasionally, even though the journey
takes about 500 light years.
"She calls me 'Bobby,'" he said. "No one
calls me that."
Kuehn said his encounters date back to
when he was about 4 years old. At the
time, he lived in Lomira. One night, the
front of his bed lifted off the floor,
and he floated out the window, he said.
He has no memory of what happened
"For a certain reason, they picked me
up, and I don't know why," he said.
Kuehn added that he later developed
telepathy and one day felt a strange
object in his left ear lobe. He thought
it was a chip but was afraid to go to
He said the chip was gone when he went
to remove it.
Kuehn founded UFO Daze to let people
discuss their encounters and sightings.
The event ends with people sitting
outside, watching Long Lake for glowing
"They know what's going on," he said.
"They know we're out there looking for
Meyer said she's been attacked by
skeptics and knows others who've been
criticized. So she helped found The
Lightside, a UFO study group that draws
members from throughout the Fox Valley.
The organization meets from 1 to 4 p.m.
on the fourth Sunday of every month at
Goodwill in Oshkosh. Anyone is welcome
to learn more about UFOs, share their
stories or discuss sightings without
fear of ridicule.
Meyer said she does understand why
people would be critical.
"I was in their shoes at one time," she
said. "Once you see it and realize it,
you can't go back to non-believing."
Heather Stanek writes for The Reporter
of Fond du Lac. E-mail her at