Capitol Breach Wisconsin

Workers begin boarding up the Wisconsin state Capitol building in Madison on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. State officials are concerned about the prospects of state-centered violence in the wake of last week's security breaches at the U.S. Capitol. (AP Photo/Todd Richmond)

MADISON — A local Republican group in northwestern Wisconsin refused to take down an online message urging conservatives to "prepare for war" despite urging from the state GOP and the violence last week at the U.S. Capitol.

The St. Croix County party's chairman, John Kraft, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the message went up before right-wing extremists stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. He did not say when it was posted and he didn't immediately respond to messages from The Associated Press on Monday.

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