“I would like to address several issues in regards to happenings over the past week,” Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said in a recent email sent to a number of media outlets. “First I want to thank everyone who gave their input on this issue. I am fairly confident I responded to every note that was sent to me. I learned a lot from some people – we have to grow to move forward, and also learned there is a lot of hate and anger out there without knowing all the facts. I will note that I am somewhat disappointed in some of the media for trying to push a race issue when this is not. SEE COMPLETE STORY IN THE TIMES OR READ ONLINE WITH PAID SUBSCRIPTION.