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NEW INFORMATION: Excavation worker plans to remove submerged bulldozer

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) -- A man from an excavation company says he has a plan to remove the bulldozer that went through the ice on Lake Wissota.

When asked to elaborate Monday afternoon, Kirk Brown of Kirk Brown Excavating told WEAU 13 News "Only God and I know what that plan is." He says he's trying to keep that information quiet, because he's concerned about others being around and creating a liability. He also says he wishes he could drag the bulldozer using chains, but that he doesn't have enough chains to do it, and he'd also be concerned about the chains coming unhooked.

Brown says he's working with the Department of Natural Resources, and will follow its guidelines for removing the bulldozer. The machine weighs 19,100 pounds, and Brown says it's worth "more than most people make in a couple years." He went on to say that there was 28 inches of ice on the water, and that the bulldozer shouldn't have gone through the ice. "When you get water laying on top of your ice, it's not a good scenario," Brown said.

Brown was using the machine to get the lake ready for a vintage snowmobile race on Thursday when it broke through the ice. The Chippewa County Sheriff's Office said late last week that the bulldozer was at the bottom of the lake and had to be removed in 30 days. If not, Brown could face a fine. Brown is also the event coordinator for the race, and says it has been rescheduled for March 1.


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