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Woman wants pro-mining group investigated for online threat

MADISON (WXOW) -- A Madison area woman is asking the Dane County Sheriff to investigate a pro-mining group for making a threat against her and three other women on Facebook last week.

In a July 10 Facebook post, The Wisconsin Reporter asked readers what they thought of Gogebic Taconite's decision to post armed guards outside of its northern Wisconsin iron mine site.

In one response, a Facebook user named Terry Dipper identifies Lisa Wells and three other women as making threats against the mine as justification for the guards.

In a post directly following Dipper's, Wisconsinites For Safe Mining wrote:  "We have initiated a shoot on sight order for the malcontents that you have listed.  Trespassing on a mining site = genocide."

Wells claims Facebook removed the post after she alerted them to it and forwarded a screen shot of it to the Wisconsin Department of Justice and the Dane County Sheriff.

Wells tells 27 News she was shocked to see the threat and believes it should be treated as a criminal offense.  While Wells admits to being a vocal mine opponent, she says she has never made any threats against the mining site or against Gogebic Taconite.

Someone answering messages for Wisconsinites For Safe Mining's Facebook page told 27 News that the post was meant to be satirical, but would not reveal his/her identity. 


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