Posted on December 27, 2004

Forum Shows Tensions After Killing of Hunters

AP, Dec. 27

EAU CLAIRE — Nearly a month after the deadly shootings of six hunters in northern Wisconsin, a forum to talk about the incident showed that tensions were still running high.

Norman Rademaker, a member of the Exeland Area Rod and Gun Club, told about 120 people that violence similar to the Nov. 21 shootings in Sawyer County would happen again if Hmong continue to hunt there.

“For the safety of all concerned hunters, the only way to avoid future possible trouble is for Hmong to not return to hunt anywhere near the area where the greatest tragedy in hunting memories occurred,” Rademaker said Thursday at the forum sponsored by the Eau Claire Human Rights Coalition.

Rademaker’s comments drew gasps and groans from some in the crowd, nearly half of whom were Hmong.