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UPDATE: Bulldozer to be removed from the bottom of Lake Wissota this week


Chippewa Co. (WQOW) - A bulldozer remains at the bottom of Lake Wissota, but there are plans to remove it this week.

The DNR says the law requires the person responsible to get it out of the water within 30 days. Last Thursday, Kirk Brown of Brown Excavation was using the 10-ton bulldozer to prepare a track for a snowmobile race, when it went through the ice. Brown says he plans to use chains to drag the machine along the bottom of the lake until he's close to shore. The DNR won't oversee the effort, but says the Brown will be in touch, providing updates. The DNR also says it's not the first time Brown has removed heavy equipment from under the ice.

The snowmobile race has been moved to March 1.


Chippewa Co. (WQOW) - It was a close call for a man on Lake Wissota. He narrowly escaped after a bulldozer broke through the ice in about 40 feet of water.

The Chippewa County Sheriff's Department says Kirk Brown of Brown Excavation was using the bulldozer Thursday to get a track ready for this weekend's vintage snowmobile races on Lake Wissota. Investigators say the bulldozer, which was brand new, weighs 10 tons. Brown told deputies he stayed on the dozer until the last minute, then jumped to safety. It happened several hundred yards from shore.

The DNR says it's been working with Brown, who is responsible for getting the bulldozer out of the water in a timely manner. The snowmobile races have now been canceled.

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