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Security, memorial service planned before Oshkosh half-marathon


OSHKOSH, Wisc (WSAU)   Former State Representative Steve Wieckert will lead a memorial service on Sunday, just before the start of a half-marathon in Oshkosh. The Republican from Appleton finished Monday’s Boston Marathon just two minutes before the bombs exploded. Wieckert said it’s important to pay tribute to those who lost their lives – and to be unified in support of Boston and its marathon.

Three people died in the blasts, and the number of people injured rose yesterday to 176. At least one Wisconsinite was hurt. Linda Witt of Neenah was hit by debris and fell to the ground. Witt said she had a loss of hearing, and was treated at a hospital.

Also yesterday numerous Wisconsin survivors of the Boston tragedy started arriving home. Joseph and Therese Kern of Wind Lake in Racine County were greeted with flowers and American flags, as their grateful parents met them at Milwaukee’s Mitchell Airport. Joseph Kern said the Boston Marathon used to be his highlight of the year, but he won’t be going back any time soon. But former State Assembly Speaker John Gard of Green Bay says he’ll return for his sixth Boston Marathon. He says if he doesn’t do it, quote, “The bad guys win.”