Broken headlight

Broken headlight

Broken headlight of the 1977 Dodge LTD driven by Marshall County Deputy Sheriff Val Johnson during the Val Johnson incident (August 27, 1979). Undated.

Marshall County Deputy Sheriff Val Johnson

Marshall County Deputy Sheriff Val Johnson

Val Johnson posed inside a squad car at the scene of his collision with an unidentified force or object on County Road 5 in Marshall County on August 27, 1979. Photograph by Regene Radniecki for the Minneapolis Star, November 1979. Used with the permission of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Marshall County Deputy Sheriff Val Johnson

Marshall County Deputy Sheriff Val Johnson

Deputy Sheriff Val Johnson at the scene of his collision with an unidentified force or object on County Road 5 in Marshall County on August 27, 1979. Photograph by Stormi Greener originally published with “Deputy’s UFO Story Evokes Other Tales,” Minneapolis Star, September 11, 1979, 1. Used with the permission of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Val Johnson Incident

On August 27, 1979, deputy sheriff Val Johnson experienced a "close encounter" in rural Marshall County. His vehicle—mysteriously damaged in the incident—is preserved by the Marshall County Historical Society. KSTP-TV ran this news segment and interview with Johnson on Channel Five Eyewitness News in 1979.

MN90: The Val Johnson UFO

August 27, 1979, Deputy Sheriff Val Johnson was on a regular night patrol in Marshall County when a light came at him. Britt Aamodt gives the details of the Val Johnson UFO case.

Collision diagram

Collision diagram

Diagram showing the path of Val Johnson’s car on the night of August 27, 1979, and its estimated point of collision with an unknown object or force on State Highway 220 in Marshall County.

Bent antenna

Bent antenna

Bent antenna on top of the 1977 Dodge LTD driven by Marshall County Deputy Sheriff Val Johnson during the Val Johnson incident (August 27, 1979). Undated.

Cracked windshield of Val Johnson’s squad car

Cracked windshield of Val Johnson’s squad car

The cracked windshield of the 1977 Dodge LTD driven by Marshall County Deputy Sheriff Val Johnson during the Val Johnson incident (August 27, 1979). Undated.

Val Johnson’s squad car

The 1977 Dodge LTD driven by Marshall County Deputy Sheriff Val Johnson during the Val Johnson incident (August 27, 1979). Undated. Created by, and used with the permission of, the Marshall County Historical Society.

Minnesota State Highway 220

Minnesota State Highway 220

South-facing view of Minnesota State Highway 220 at its junction with County Road 5. It was at this location on August 27, 1979, that Val Johnson saw a light above the road at the treeline and turned left, leading to a collision with an unidentified force or object. Ufology Research of Manitoba (UFOROM).

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