- Associated Press - Sunday, October 12, 2014
UW explores science behind Wisconsin supper clubs

MILWAUKEE (AP) - The signature dishes served at supper clubs that long served as Wisconsin’s culinary and social backbone will be under the microscope during next week’s statewide science festival.

The festival kicks off Thursday with a free event at University of Wisconsin-Madison focusing on ingredients like the maraschino cherries that garnish drinks and vegetables served before dinner on relish trays.

Private supper clubs started in New York City during Prohibition for members who wanted drinks with their dinner and entertainment, according to Ron Faiola, a Milwaukee-area resident writing his second book on the topic. The format spread across the United States, but took hold in Wisconsin to a greater degree. Many supper clubs struggled or closed during the recent recession, but 300 or more remain, said Faiola, who will be one of the speakers at the “Science of Supper Clubs” event.

Here’s a partial menu of topics to be discussed:



A quintessential night begins and ends with a brandy Old Fashioned or ice cream drinks at the bar, with dinner and dancing in between, Faiola said.


Wausau woman remembered during balloon launch

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) - For the past three years, friends and family of a Wausau woman who went missing in 2010 gathered for a balloon launch while investigators searched for her body and answers.

But this year was different. A Wisconsin prison inmate was charged last month with killing 22-year-old Stephanie Low and burying her in the woods nearly four years ago.

Wausau Police Chief Jeff Hardel announced Sept. 22 that Low’s body had been found in the Wabeno area, about an hour and a half northeast of Wausau.

“Our search for answers may be over,” said Low’s mother, Claudia Blake. “But our search for justice is just beginning.”

About 75 people still held the launch and candlelight vigil Friday, Daily Herald Media reported (https://wdhne.ws/1yZFSSJ).

“I think her story needs to be told,” said Christine Riemer, the partner of Low’s father George Low. “I want to use the experience that came out of this to help others. People need to understand that this can happen to anybody, anywhere, at any time.”

Authorities believe 34-year-old Kristopher Torgerson went to Low’s apartment to get cocaine on October 10, 2010, and that Low fought him and Torgerson killed her. Torgerson is serving a five-year prison term for methamphetamine and battery charges.


Threat prompts changes at UW-River Falls

RIVER FALLS, Wis. (AP) - The University of Wisconsin-River Falls is increasing its law enforcement presence on campus after an anonymous threat.

KSTP-TV reports (https://bit.ly/ZkrsvNhttps://bit.ly/ZkrsvN ) UW received a written communication that stated “Beware the Ides of October, the time is nigh and the bullets will fly.”

According to a campus safety alert issued Friday afternoon, the Ides of October corresponds to October 15.

The threat did not specify or target any particular individual, group or a location.

No changes to classes or events are anticipated. Police asked students and staff to be alert for suspicious activity.

The UW-River Falls Police Department is investigating.



Pair face 250 felonies over locker room cameras

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) - A man and woman face more than 250 felonies for allegedly putting cameras in southern Wisconsin locker rooms.

Melissa Wenckebach, 28, and Karl Landt, 36, were charged this spring with 37 counts of conspiring to capture an image of nudity without consent, and 214 counts were added against each of them Thursday, according to the Kenosha News (https://bit.ly/1vTyWBX).

The investigation began in April, after Wenckebach was allegedly discovered with a camera in a Pleasant Prairie recreational facility locker room.

She confessed to police that she had been recording people changing at Landt’s request, according to court records.

She told police they had been in a relationship, and both worked at Uline corporate headquarters in Pleasant Prairie. Later, Wenckebach told investigators she had also placed cameras in locker rooms at work.

Wenckebach placed cameras at the recreational facility 40 to 50 times over about four months, according to court records, and at Uline for more than two years.

Police seized computers and digital storage devices found at Landt’s home, recovering dozens of videos. The 214 new charges stem from those videos.

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