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Walker man injured during weekend Flood Run at Lake Pepin

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Walker man injured during weekend Flood Run at Lake Pepin
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Only one serious motorcycle accident was reported this weekend during this weekend's 43rd Annual Flood Run around Lake Pepin.

The accident occurred at around 3 p.m. Saturday on Highway 35 just north of Stockholm, according to a Wisconsin State Patrol spokesman.


A motorcycle driven by Richard Sprandel, 59, Walker, left the roadway and hit the guardrail, sending Sprandel down the embankment.

According to an official with the Plum City-Maiden Rock Ambulance Service, Sprandel was airlifted by Mayo One to a hospital in Eau Claire.

Sprandel's condition is unknown as it is the policy of both Sacred Heart Hospital and Luther Hospital not to report on a patient's condition; however, he was known to have spoken with a State Patrol officer Monday morning.

The accident remains under investigation.

There were several minor accidents in Pierce County, according to Sheriff Nancy Howe of the Pierce County Sheriff's Department.

"Most of them weren't even big enough for us to do a report on," said Howe.

She did note that there were three accidents that did have reports on them, but none involved injuries.

Howe said that participation in this year's Flood Run was less than last year.

"It was very quiet, only about one-third of the people from last year," she said. "I think the wet weather had a lot to do with it."