top of page
  • Writer's pictureDunn County Sheriff's Office

On Saturday, September 3, 2016 at 9:55 p.m. the Dunn County Communications Center received a report of four adult individuals who were stranded on an island located in the Chippewa River. The caller was reporting that she and three others were tubing down the Chippewa River and that the sun set before they reached their destination. The caller did not know their exact location, but did know they were on an island downstream from the CTH H bridge.


Dunn County Deputies, the Menomonie Fire Department and Durand Fire Department were dispatched to the Chippewa River. The four stranded individuals were located after approximately one hour and were transported to safety by the fire department boats. Deputies then transported them to the Holte boat landing where they had started their trip.


I want to thank the Menomonie and Durand Fire Departments for their quick response and their assistance. The deputies and the fire fighters worked cooperatively to rescue these four individuals.


Many resources were used in this operation and these four individual could have used better judgement regarding the time they left on their trip. Many times river conditions can increase or decrease the speed of the current and effect the time the trip takes. They were very appreciative of the assistance given and we were all happy that everyone was safe.

  • Writer's pictureDunn County Sheriff's Office

On August 14, 2016 at 12:44 PM the Dunn County Communications Center received a 911 call reporting a car versus motorcycle crash on Cty Rd S at 570th St in Otter Creek Township. The initial report was that the motorcycle operator was unresponsive.


Dunn Counties Deputies, Colfax Ambulance, Dunn County first responders and Lifelink Helicopter were dispatched to the scene.


Once on scene it was determined that the adult male operator of the motorcycle was deceased due to injuries sustained in the crash. The operator was wearing a helmet. There were no other occupants on the motorcycle.


The adult female operator of the car involved was uninjured. There were no other occupants in the car.


The name of the deceased motorcycle operator is Samuel Hayes age 25 of Wheeler, WI.


The operator of the car involved was Nicole Sorenson, age 19 of Wheeler, WI. Sorenson will be cited for operating a motor vehicle without insurance.


Based on the investigation Hayes travelled into Sorenson’s lane of travel, failing to yield to Sorenson and struck Sorenson’s car.



The incident remains under investigation by the Dunn County Sheriff’s Office, Dunn County Medical examiner’s office and Wisconsin State Patrol.

  • Writer's pictureDunn County Sheriff's Office

On Monday, July 25, 2016 at 4:02 PM the Dunn County Communications Center received a report of a male who had possibly drowned in the Red Cedar River at the Downsville Boat Landing in the Town of Dunn. The adult male was unconscious and was not breathing when found in the water near the boat landing. CPR was started by people who had gotten out of the river at the landing at the end of their tubing trip.


Dunn Counties Deputies, Menomonie Ambulance and Mayo One Helicopter were dispatched to the scene.


It was learned that the victim had gone into the river at the landing with a tube to try to assist a group of tubers that had gone by the take out point at the landing.


The victim was transported to Mayo-Eau Claire Hospital by Mayo One Helicopter. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.


The name of the victim will not be released at this time pending family notification.


The incident remains under investigation by the Dunn County Sheriff’s Office.

MEDIA RELEASES

bottom of page