THREATENING LETTER INVESTIGATED
Police investigate threatening letter in Stoughton
STOUGHTON, Wis. (AP) - Police in Stoughton are investigating a threatening letter that was sent to a black teenager, with a photo that depicted him as the victim of a lynching.
The Wisconsin State Journal reports the letter had a Madison postmark but no return address. The family told the newspaper it contained a photo showing two men hanging from a tree, with a mob watching. A picture of the 18-year-old was superimposed onto one of the men.
Police say in a statement that they took the letter and its contents to the state crime lab for processing, and the FBI and U.S. Postal Service have been contacted. Police say "this type of behavior will not be tolerated" and those responsible will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
Man injured in Milwaukee nightclub shooting
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Milwaukee police are investigating a nightclub shooting that left one man injured.
Police say the shooting happened early Saturday at All Stars Sports Bar on Fond du Lac Avenue. There have been no arrests.
Authorities say a 43-year-old man was injured and treated at a local hospital. His injuries were not life-threatening.
LOST MILITARY BRACELET
Facebook helps find owner of military bracelet
APPLETON, Wis. (AP) - Employees at an Appleton supper club have been searching for the owner of a special military bracelet for more than a year.
The bracelet memorializes the life of Army Staff Sergeant Derek Farley who died while serving in Afghanistan in 2010. His mother, Carrie Farley of New York, lost the priceless bracelet while visiting her parents in Appleton in January 2013.
WBAY-TV says staff at Dick and Joan's Supper Club tried calling every Farley in the local phone book, but had no luck finding the bracelet's owner. That's until bar manager Alisa Heiman turned to her daughter for help in putting posting it on Facebook. And, in just 24 hours and many Facebook shares later, the mystery was solved.
Carrie Farley had already scheduled a visit to the Fox Valley for Easter and has been reunited with the bracelet that means so much to her.
Post-rehab, injured snowy owl released into wild
SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) - A rare snowy owl that was apparently hit by a bus in the nation's capital and sent to Minnesota for rehab is back in the wild once again.
The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota released the owl on Saturday outside Superior, Wisconsin near the Minnesota and Wisconsin state border.
Center director Julia Ponder says the owl is in great condition and flew off with strong, steady wing beats. She says it will hopefully head north.
The owl was found injured in downtown Washington in late January and taken to the National Zoo before being transferred to a Washington, D.C., wildlife rehabilitation center. It then came to Minnesota for rehab, because The Raptor Center has expertise in replacing damaged feathers.
Snowy owls are native to the Arctic.
ANIMAL ABUSE-WINNEBAGO COUNTY
Winnebago authorities rescue 22 animals from home
OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) - A Winnebago County woman has been arrested after authorities found nearly two dozen animals living in deplorable conditions in the Town of Clayton.
WGBA-TV reports that since Thursday, authorities have rescued 17 horses and five dogs from the home. Winnebago sheriff's detective Chris Braman says they did not look healthy.
Another three horses were found dead.
Cattle Rescue Incorporated will be caring for the surviving horses. Director Bill Blemke says they are malnourished.
The dogs went to the Oshkosh Humane Society and are being checked out by a veterinarian.
The 51-year-old woman was in custody on several animal mistreatment charges. Investigators plan to present a case to prosecutors in coming days.
School food service workers learn healthy recipes
DE PERE, Wis. (AP) - A Wisconsin chef is teaching school food service workers in the Green Bay area the art of preparing healthy meals from scratch.
The Green Bay Press-Gazette Media reports that about 50 area workers recently attended Monique Hooker's workshops to learn about the beauty of chopping, dicing and cutting fresh foods for kids.
The culinary workshops were hosted by Live54218, which is coordinating farm-to-school efforts. The program emphasizes using fresh foods in school cafeterias - but food services workers must know how to prepare them.
The De Pere culinary workshops included lessons on the proper way to hold a knife, and how to keep a cutting board in place.
Jean Beno works for the Ashwaubenon School District. She says it's good for kids to know where their food originates.
Bird enthusiasts to begin mapping purple martin
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) - Purple martins will begin returning to Wisconsin to nest in coming days, but some bird enthusiasts say their numbers are on the decline.
Purple martins are the largest of the swallow family in Wisconsin. They depend on man-made birdhouses for lodging.
Steve Betchkal of the Gaylord Nelson chapter of the Audubon Society says his group is starting a mapping project to track the birds in northwestern Wisconsin.
Betchkal tells the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram reports that last year he didn't hear or see a purple martin anywhere in the state.
Housing may not be the only issue. The birds face competition from house sparrows and starlings. In addition, they eat insects so face starvation if cold weather impacts the bug population.
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