MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Madison area is taking a coordinated approach to gun violence with a new program that includes representatives of agencies from the city and Dane County, including nonprofit groups. The Wisconsin State Journal reports that the Community Safety Intervention Team was created last year in response to increasing homicides and gunfire in 2016 and 2017. The group includes representatives from the mayor's office, police officers, school officials and UW Health representatives.
ALTOONA, Wis. (AP) - Employees at 20 nursing homes in Wisconsin are receiving training to use poetry as a method of reaching residents with dementia. The Leader-Telegram reports that the effort known as the national Alzheimer's Poetry Project has so far been taught across 32 states and seven countries. Gary Glazner founded the project. He says the project gives participants an improved quality of life.
LITCHFIELD, Minn. (AP) - Hollywood's demands and the changing economics of the film industry are making it tough for the owners of Minnesota's remaining drive-in movie theaters to make ends meet. Minnesota Public Radio News reports that in the 1950s, there were nearly 80 drive-in theaters across the state. Now there are just six in the cities of Elko, Long Prairie, Warren, Lake Elmo, Litchfield and Luverne.
SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. (AP) - More than 2,000 mourners gathered in Sun Prairie for the funeral of a fallen firefighter on Saturday. Capt. Cory Barr was killed Tuesday evening when a contractor punctured a natural gas line in downtown Sun Prairie. Mourners at the service described Barr as humble, devoted and blessed.
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