– The message in an e-mail received at the
Leader office in Frederic Monday, July 19
said, "Chad and I have been investigating
the recent appearances of crop circles in the
midwest. Yesterday we investigated one in
Litchfield, Minn. Last week, we were in Eagle
Grove, Iowa. Next week we'll be investigating
one in Rockford, Ill.
we discovered one as close to home as Chippewa
Falls," the writer, Terry Fisk, a former
Webster resident, continued. "We haven't
officially announced it to the media, as we
are still in the process of investigating it,
but we would be happy to provide photos and an
interview later if you're interested."
Fisk was true to his word. He stopped in at
the Leader office Thursday, July 29, with
information for us to tell our readers.
(Lewis, Fisk’s partner in investigating
paranormal happenings) got an e-mail from
18-year-old Adam Prince, a relative of Nancy
Kouba, Webster, telling us about crop circles
he had seen in a field near Tilden," Fisk
had been driving by the field when he saw
three unusual circles of flattened oats in a
farmer’s field. He searched the Internet to
find someone local with whom he could share
this information. He found Lewis’ Web site,
and e-mailed him.
went there and could see (the circles) in the
field," Fisk continued. "We asked to
find out who owned the field."
field of oats is owned by Francis and Shelley
Swoboda of Chippewa Falls. The Swobodas had no
idea the circles were there. "We brought
it to his attention, and took him out. He was
irate, assuming that teen-agers had vandalized
his field, causing $500 damage to the
field," Fisk said.
and Fisk looked around for any signs that
people had been there. They looked for
footprints or a path though the oats. There
was no indication how somebody got out to the
had rained that morning, and the paranormal
investigators were wondering if weather might
have washed away any footprints. They tried to
walk through the grain without knocking
anything down. They could see where they had
walked, even two days later. "If someone
snuck through the field, they were pretty good
at it," Fisk commented.
center of the three circles was 65’ in
diameter. Of the two smaller ones, one was
approximately 53’ in diameter, the other
approximately 55’. The passageways between
the three were 5’ wide with a connection
that was 30’ long. Fisk and Lewis put
equipment out there to get these measurements.
all of the three circles, the oat crop was
laid down in a clockwise swirl in a pattern
that went from west to east. Usually, crop
circles are straight. The investigators had
never seen the circles in any other form, nor
had the staff at BLT Crop Circle
Investigators, the firm Lewis and Fisk deal
with in Cambridge, Mass. Samples from the
Tilden crop circles were sent to BLT for
to Fisk, all three circles began in the
center, with the grain laid down from the
center to the edge. Usually in crop circles,
the grains are bent, not broken. In hoaxed
circles, the grain would be broken, not bent.
In some cases, the grain is randomly downed by
the wind. In the Tilden circles, no evidence
of wind damage was found.
looking for a pilot to get an aerial view of
the circles, Lewis and Fisk found a pilot who
said he sees these kinds of circles often,
indicating that there may be more in the area.
Lewis and Fisk are waiting to see the results
of the crop and soil analysis. They will be
interested in the comparison of the nodes on
the plants within the circles with controlled
samples of the grain outside the circles. If
they find node elongation, this could indicate
expulsion cavities where the grain has
exploded. The only thing they could compare
that to would be exposure to microwave
radiation and the possibility of something
coming in from above.
things indicate this could be a hoax,"
Fisk said, "but then, it could be
Theories of what could have caused the circles
to form range from: 1) extraterrestrial beings
using the circles as symbols of a message for
humans. 2) the military using technology (a
military helicopter with a man in military
fatigues and binoculars was hovering over crop
circles in Mayville while Lewis and Fisk were
investigating circles there). 3) some strange
weather phenomenon. 4) plasma vortex. 5)
angels or Mother Earth herself trying to
communicate using symbols in nature.
this point, it is an unsolved mystery,"
more information from Lewis and Fisk, the Web
site to access on the Internet is http://www.chadlewis.com/.
The two also have a radio talk show, "The
Unexplained," which can be heard on WOLF
108 FM (WLFK 107.9) Mondays from 10 p.m. to
midnight. WOLF 108 FM broadcasts from Eau