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Minneapolis Star Tribune: Burned cat in Mpls. park puts Secret Service on alert


The cat was staked with an American flag next to an Obama/Biden lawn sign in Minneapolis' Longfellow Park

-By Paul Walsh

August 13, 2012- A threat to President Obama in the form of a burned cat staked to a tree stump drew officers from several city and federal agencies to a south Minneapolis park before dawn on Monday.

The cat's carcass in Longfellow Park was staked with a handheld American flag on a small stick, according to a federal law enforcement official. Standing next to the cat was an Obama/Biden 2012 lawn sign, the official said.

No arrests have been made.

Obama's official schedule Monday shows him leaving Chicago for Omaha and then on to Boone, Iowa, about 230 miles south of Minneapolis.

The park's main building is also an election polling place. Tuesday is a primary election day in Minneapolis and elsewhere in the state.

Luther Ranheim, who lives about four blocks from the park, was walking his puppy and came upon the scene a little less than two hours after the cat's discovery. "I was like what the hell is that?" he said. "It made me sick to my stomach."

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