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UPDATE: Woman wants pro-mining group investigated for online threat

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A Facebook group called Wisconsinites For Safe Mining says it has initiated a "shoot on sight" order against four female mining opponents, at least three of whom are now calling for a criminal investigation.

Emotions have been running high over the Gogebic Taconite mine in Northern Wisconsin ever since a video surfaced last week of masked protesters raiding a drill testing site and threatening workers.

"That kind of behavior doesn't belong in the State of Wisconsin and going forward I hope it will stop," said Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) at a stop in Watertown on Monday.

Lisa Wells doesn't agree with Gov. Walker on much, but she does on the raid, which resulted in a felony charge of robbery with force against a 26 year-old Stevens Point woman named Katie Kloth.

"I think what they did was stupid, I think that the woman who took the phone and camera was lucky the geologist didn't clock her one," said Wells, referring to Kloth.

But now Wells says she is being targeted with similar threatening behavior from the other side.  Wells' name appeared on a list of mining opponents with three other women on Facebook last week.

A man named Terry Dipper listed them on the Wisconsin Reporter's Facebook page, citing their opposition as a reason armed guards are needed at the Gogebic Taconite site.

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

"If you threaten to kill someone, that is a crime - that is malicious. Its horrible. Its scary," said Wells.

She and at least two of the other women, Roberta Retram and Barbara With, are now asking their local law enforcement agencies to investigate the matter criminally.

27 News exchanged Facebook messages with someone from Wisconsinites For Safe Mining on Monday about the comment, who insisted it was obvious satire.  They even sent a link to a Wikipedia entry explaining what satire is.

But Wells and the other women aren't laughing.

"Its not a joke when you're threatening someone's life and you're putting a target on their head," said Wells.

Wells says the Dane County Sheriff's Office told her they will assign an investigator to look into the matter, but 27 News has not been able to confirm that yet.

The person from Wisconsinites For Safe Mining who exchanged messages with 27 News today, refused to identify themselves.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A local 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 follow 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. 

Capitol Bureau Chief Greg Neumann will have more on this story on 27 News at 5 and 6.

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