WASHINGTON, DC - Empty wheelchairs rolled by northcentral Wisconsin veterans this month in Washington, DC.
They represent those who didn't make it home from war.
Into one of the chairs was placed a picture, representing one specific solider.
"This guy is a younger brother. Youngest one of five boys," said Al Johnson, a Navy veteran who served during the Korean War.
He held the picture of his brother Jack in his hands.
Johnson went on this month's Never Forgotten Honor Flight for something more than just seeing the memorial in his honor.
He went to remember and represent Jack.
"He died at about the age of 20, and it was an accidental death," Al said.
Jack was in the Army, serving in Korea, when a truck he was driving went over a cliff.
Escorting Jack's body back to Wisconsin was important for Al - so important that he was temporarily transferred from the Navy to the Army to do it more than six decades ago.
"Mike has never seen Jack, of course. He died before he was born," Al said.
Mike is Al's son, and Jack's nephew.
Mike escorted his father, in a way, through the Korean War Memorial that means so much.
"This was really him. He needed to do this. That part of his experience, I think, compelled him to really make a trip here with his brother Jack," Mike said.
Like all veterans on the flight, Al was warmly welcomed by grateful Americans in Washington and Wisconsin.
But this trip wasn't so much about Al.
"What Jack did with my father was really bring him here," Mike said.
And how would Jack feel about what his brother did for him on the Honor Flight?
"Oh, boy, that's pretty tough," Al said, pausing for a long time to think, then motioning at the statues at the Korean War Memorial. "We would feel like brothers. Like these guys are. They're all brothers."
STEVENS POINT - Stevens Point Police are investigating an armed robbery.
Around 6 a.m. Sunday morning, police and Portage County Sheriff Deputies responded to a report of an armed robbery at the R Store in the 5400 block of HWY 10 E in Stevens Point. Police say during the initial investigation, they determined an armed suspect displayed a weapon and took money from the store.
PELICAN LAKE - Tribal members from across Wisconsin held a Deep Winter Camp to pass on parts of their cultures. Members from several different tribes wanted to give kids the chance to experience a piece of their culture. They hope the camp encourages younger members to keep traditions going and never forget where they came from. "They're going to be the next teachers they're good kids and we all love every kid that came here and spent time with us. They all learned something and they'll take it back and teach others," said Lac du Flambeau Band Vice Chairman John Johnson Sr.
CRANDON - Forest County Sheriff's Deputy Craig Justice was justified in shooting and killing 31-year-old Brandon Cude on Jan. 4, Forest County District Attorney Chuck Simono ruled Friday.
The Wisconsin Department of Justice released the results of its investigation in the case, and Simono's decision, Friday afternoon.
The DOJ documents detail how Cude swung a shotgun at Justice at close range. The deputy had just learned Cude had felony warrants against him, and Justice was trying to arrest Cude. Justice fired four shots on the scene, a rural road south of Crandon.
"He didn't get a shot off?" a fellow officer asked Justice after the shooting.
"No. He tried, though. Pulled that sucker out and pointed it right at me," Justice replied in an exchange recorded on a body camera.
MINOCQUA - Many Lakeland Union High School parents kept their children home from school Friday. Threats to shoot up the school felt all too real after 17 people died in a Florida school this week. The high school stayed open Friday, however the atmosphere felt different. Friday students walked through a crowd of police and sat in nearly empty classrooms. "I didn't want to take the chance that something was going to happen to my son," said Lakeland Union High School parent Jennifer Stough.
Stough's 17- year- old son Zach had a lot to look forward to this weekend. Instead she kept him home Friday. "I have friends that went to school today and that makes me nervous," said Zach. Yesterday a student and teacher found shooting threats on a ladies bathroom stall suggesting a repeat of what happened in Florida.
"It's not a joke and we take these things seriously," said Minocqua Police Chief Dave Jaeger. Minocqua police quickly got involved. However, the threats didn't stop there.
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