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Kenosha to pay for damages to officers’ personal vehicles during ‘civil unrest’

KENOSHA ⏤ The city of Kenosha Monday authorized approximately $1,166 to reimburse police officers for damages received to their personal vehicles during “civil unrest.” However, one alderman was upset by both the method the measure came before the council and the personal information contained in the resolution.  Backdrop of resolution The resolution uses the same […]

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Kenosha City Council approves emergency authorization for mayor ahead of Blake shooting decision

KENOSHA ⏤ The City Council approved a resolution giving Mayor John Antaramian emergency authorization powers in the event of unrest.  Once activated, the mayor will have emergency authorization for eight days. After eight days, the City Council will have to approve additional measures taken concerning any violent unrest. The emergency powers come as Kenosha County […]

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Kenosha mayor asks public to be safe over holidays; alderman recaps city’s successes, struggles of 2020

KENOSHA ⏤ In their final public comments of 2020, Kenosha Mayor John Antaramian and city aldermen first reminded residents to stay safe. However, for one alderman, the alderperson’s comments portion of last night’s meeting served as an opportunity to speak their piece about the city in 2020. Antaramian asks residents to follow COVID-19 precautions During […]

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Kenosha announces road closures ahead of Jacob Blake shooting ruling; Evers authorizes 500 National Guard

KENOSHA ⏤ The city has closed portions of local roadways, specifically those surrounding the Kenosha County Courthouse ahead of the impending ruling on the Jacob Blake shooting. Gov. Tony Evers also authorized the National Guard to come and assist local authorities. The announcement is a result of Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley making his […]

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KABA, WEDC partner for microloans to Kenosha businesses

KENOSHA ⏤ The Kenosha Area Business Alliance and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. have awarded 27 Kenosha businesses microloans up to $50,000. Kenosha Area Business Alliance and the state Economic Development Corp. announced the microloans in a press release last week. The Recovery Microloan Program (DRM) dispersing the funds is a loan program for local […]

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UPDATE: After shooting 2 Racine police officers, man facing multiple felonies and up to 278 years in prison

UPDATE: RACINE, Wis. — The man accused of shooting two Racine police officers during a domestic dispute Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023, is facing multiple felonies that could land him in prison for the rest of his life. Daniel Suarez, 26, of Racine, was charged Fri., Jan. 20, 2023, with nine felonies—four counts of first-degree intentional […]

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Kenosha County Administration Building Now Open to the Public

KENOSHA — The Kenosha County Administration Building opened to the public on Monday, May 10. The facility has been closed to the public since late August, when its front doors and windows were damaged during the civil unrest in the community at that time. Repairs, which have been delayed due to the historic nature of […]

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Gateway to hold community workshops on diversity dialogue topics

Gateway Technical College will hold a series of public workshops that will explore how to have hard, meaningful, yet respectful, dialogue on a number of diversity, equity, and inclusion topics, beginning Jan. 18 and running through Feb. 16. All workshops are free and open to the community and held via Zoom. Those interested can register […]

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State Increases Kenosha Business Loans Program to $4 Million

KENOSHA – A Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. (WEDC) no-interest microloan program for Kenosha businesses damaged during the recent civil unrest has been increased to $4 million, it was announced Wednesday. “We know Kenoshans are working to reconstruct and repair in the wake of devastation, and we want to do everything we can to support the […]

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Damaged Kenosha Businesses Eligible for No-Interest State Loans

KENOSHA – Kenosha area businesses that suffered damage related to the recent civil unrest will be eligible for up to $20,000 each in state-backed, no-interest loans to help cover repair costs, it was announced Tuesday. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. (WEDC) has allocated up to $1 million in funding for the Disaster Recovery Microloan (DRM) […]

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Wisconsin National Guard Troops Help Ensure Safety and Security in Washington D.C. During Presidential Inauguration

By Maj. Joe Trovato, Wisconsin National Guard More than 550 Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen from the Wisconsin National Guard were on hand at the 59th presidential inauguration in Washington D.C. today after mobilizing over the weekend to assist with safety and security efforts at the inauguration. Wisconsin troops joined more than 25,000 other National Guard troops […]

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American flag in tatters

SHEBOYGAN FALLS, WI — Even the 340 pounds of fabric couldn’t stand up to high winds that made up the largest free-flying American flag Tuesday. This story also appeared in Patch It’s known as the Acuity Flag, and flies atop a 400-foot-tall flagpole at the Acuity Insurance headquarters in Sheboygan Falls. It covers nearly 10,000 […]

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Vos Announces Speaker’s Racial Disparities Task Force Members

MADISON – Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, on Wednesday announced the members of the newly formed Speaker’s Task Force on Racial Disparities, which is chaired by Majority Leader Jim Steineke, R-Kaukauna, and Rep. Shelia Stubbs, D-Madison. The group, consisting of four legislators and 28 community members, will focus on ways to address racial disparities, educational […]

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Wisconsin Army Guard unit returns from Eastern Europe deployment

VOLK FIELD, Wis. — On a cold and windy day, the Wisconsin Army National Guard’s 107th Maintenance Company received a warm welcome back to the state following a nine-month deployment in Poland, Romania and Lithuania. “When we sent you off on that football field in Sparta last spring, I am not sure that we expected […]

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