by Nancy Jappe
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
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
Fisk was true to his word. He stopped
in at the Leader office Thursday, July
29, with information for us to tell
(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 started out.
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
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 circles.
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 analysis.
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
looking for a pilot to get an aerial
view of the circles, Lewis and Fisk
found a pilot who said he sees these
kind of circles often, indicating that
there may be more in the area.
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
things indicate this could be a
hoax," Fisk said, "but then,
it could be legitimate."
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
this point, it is an unsolved
mystery," Fisk said.
more information from Lewis and Fisk,
the Web site to access on the Internet
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 Claire.