Event organizer Jerry Modjeski of Winona said
he believes otherworldly forces have created
crop circles, and, yes, a large, upright,
non-human primate roams the North American
Modjeski believes aliens have visited the
planet because earth is the "Las Vegas of
He explains his interest in the subject
simply. "Curiosity. It's the idea that
something's around the corner," Modjeski
The hope for another explanation is what he
says keeps him and others orbiting the
gravitational field of the paranormal.
He hopes today's conference helps people
"think about some of the phenomena taking
place in their own back yards."
The conference is scheduled from 2 to 6 p.m.
at the Winona Arts Center, Fifth and Franklin
streets. The cost is $8 and features
presentations by Chad Lewis of Eau Claire,
Wis., and Craig Lang of Brooklyn Center, Minn.
Lewis will discuss Bigfoot sightings, crop
circles and local UFO reports. Lang, a
hypnotherapist, will discuss reports of UFOs
visiting Earth and their pilots kidnapping
humans, what followers call "alien
While explanations for crop circles have
surfaced — intelligent humans altering the
landscape — Modjeski said other circles defy
"I'm kind of waiting for that
in-your-face sighting," Modjeski said.
Dankert can be reached at (507) 453-3513.