magazine last year named Lake St. Louis
the ninth best place in the country to put down roots
, it hailed
"the friendly town" with two man-made lakes, five parks, three golf courses and -- definitely a benefit -- "full-time residents with children drawn by myriad activities and low crime."
Hey, guys, you forgot to tell everybody about the UFOs!
Not to worry. St. Louis Post-Dispatch
reporter Joel Currier
, who, to his credit, still plies the shoe leather and supplies regular entertainment from the metro area's suburban fringes, has the paranormal scoop in this morning's paper.
s how two calls of UFO reports
to the Lake Saint Louis Police Department after 9 p.m. on Saturday night prompted a short investigation by a uniformed officer and a community member.
The residents reported seeing a flashing saucer lighting up the night sky, molting from red to blue to green to purple. Even the police officer caught a glimpse, but as one fellow puts it, everybody was kinda like, WTF?!
Turns out a 51-year-old inventor named Paul Bauer was out in the backyard, testing his latest knick-knack: a helium balloon tricked out with LED lighting and a remote-control system.
Left unsaid: whether it took the work of the Lake Saint Louis police, or Currier, the reporter, to get to the bottom of this little mystery.