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Wisconsin's intelligence centers helping with Boston Marathon bombing investigation


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin’s two intelligence centers are helping out with the investigation into Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon.

Governor Scott Walker said the Statewide Information Center in Madison and the Southeastern Wisconsin Threat Analysis unit are both working with local and federal homeland security officials in Boston.

Three people were killed and 140 were injured at last word – none from Wisconsin. Almost 450 state residents entered the Boston Marathon, and just over 350 finished the 26-plus-miles.

One bomb exploded just a half-block behind Jean Rusch of Fond du Lac as she was finishing the race.

Former Wisconsin Assembly Speaker John Gard had completed his 5th Boston Marathon. He said he saw only chaos as he was hanging around with friends.

Former state Representative Steve Wieckert of Appleton finished just two minutes before the explosions. He said he was walking to retrieve his warmup clothes when he heard two muffled bangs – and he then got lost in a sea of people.

Madison runner David Meixelsperger finished an hour-and-a-half before the bombings – and his hotel room was shaken by the force. Others tried keeping up with their relatives from afar.

Mary Beth Aasen of Shorewood said she and her husband used an app to track their daughter Maggie’s progress in the race. The app showed she was still moving when a friend texted and asked if Maggie was okay. She was – but she was pretty upset.