SPOT UFO OVER REPUBLIC, MI
Bigger than a Shopko
and faster than a rifle bullet.
That's what Republic folk had to say about an object they
saw in the sky one night last week.
Dozens of people — including a bar
owner and a beer delivery truck driver — said a UFO
hovered over the community for about ten minutes last Monday
before zooming away into the night.
Bar owner Tom Keopp saw the object when he was out clearing
snow from the entrance to his bar. Keopp described the unidentified
object as being an enormous disc with flashing lights and
windows — and it was totally silent.
He said the UFO sped away at a very, very
fast speed, followed by two fighter jets that were greatly
outmaneuvered. Allen said it took the aircraft just a few
seconds to cross a section of sky, leaving the fighter jets
The bar owner said the UFO, which looked about a half-mile
wide and a mile long, was "bigger den a Shopko, maybe
bigger den a Shopko and K-Mart put together even, eh."
want everyone to forget this whole thing ever happened,
because it didn’t happen,"
stated a Military official from Scott Air Force Base
during an outdoor conference in Republic
Military official from Scott Air Force Base, Illinois,
however, is skeptical. He said the residents are exaggerating
the sighting and are untrained at interpreting objects
in the night sky. He said it was likely nothing more
than a reflection of sunlight on high altitude clouds
or a large bird or a weather balloon.
The official from Scott Air
Force Base (he would not give us his name) also said
their fighter pilots didn't chase down anything that
night. He said the pilots were simply performing training
maneuvers in this area of the Upper Peninsula, and
he personally was sent here to set the record straight.
“I want everyone to forget
this whole thing ever happened, because it didn’t
happen, nothing happened, you didn’t see anything..
unless it was a weather balloon or something,”
stated the Military official during an outdoor conference
in Republic before heading back to Illinois.
Story by Jim Bellmore