© Jenna Watson/Grand Forks Herald via Associated Press
Then-Sheriff Dennis Brekke recalled the night in 1979 when this squad car driven by a deputy met something that left a shattered headlight, dented hood, cracked windshield and bent antennas.
Warren, Minn. - Back home for her 55th class reunion, Janet Anderson visited the Marshall County Historical Society Museum. It's a routine stop whenever she and husband, Lyle, return to their hometown in far northwestern Minnesota from their residence in Sun Valley, Idaho.
The top museum attraction for the Andersons - and for many others - is a patrol car from what's commonly known as the "Warren UFO Encounter" of 1979, the Grand Forks Herald
"Most of this kind of stuff, I don't believe. But I believe this story," Anderson said. "You have to believe in some things that you don't understand."
During county fair week, museum visitors routinely number 5,000. "The car is the single item that most people mention as their reason for coming here," said museum president Kent Broten.
Dennis Brekke, the county sheriff in 1979 who is now retired, regaled the Andersons and others about the incident, which involved Deputy Val Johnson, who is believed to now live somewhere in Wisconsin. He had appeared on ABC's Good Morning America
soon after the incident, but quickly grew tired of the interviews and attention.