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Senator Russ Feingold receives suspicious package at Middleton home


MIDDLETON (WKOW) --  What seemed to be a suspicious package sent directly to Senator Russ Feingold's Middleton home turned out to be a package sent in "jest."

About 12:15 PM Saturday, a staffer with Senator Feingold's campaign was at his Middleton home when a US Postal employee approached him to deliver a package addressed to the senator.

The return address showed the name Thomas Jefferson with an Illinois address. The address was a postal box. Police contacted the senator who said he was not expecting such a package.

Feingold's staffers brought the package was brought to the Middleton Police Department.

Due to the nature of the name and address and the recent national news of suspicious packages being sent it was decided that the package should be examined further.

Members of the Dane County Bomb Squad responded to inspect the package. It was determined that no explosives were present in the package so it was opened.

The package ended up containing a letter to Senator Feingold signed by Thomas Jefferson and a board game. Police say it appears the package was sent in jest.

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