Monthly Archives: July 2011

Daily Buzz: Powerful pedaling at pedal tractor pulls

Youngsters will be putting pedals to the metal on Thursday and Friday at the Kenosha County Fair as part of the annual Pedal Tractor Pulls. The competition is sponsored by Jockey International and is open to youngsters from 5 to 12 years old.

In pedal tractor pull, the kids pedal a special pedal-powered tractor pulling a sled that is a mini-version of the type used in engine-powered pulling competitions. The farther the competitor pedals, the heavier and harder to pull the sled becomes. The person that pulls the farthest with the most weight wins.

The competition is divided up into four classes: 5 to 6 year olds, 7 to 8 year olds, 9 to 10 year olds and 11 to 12 year olds. Prizes are awarded for the top finishers.

Competitors can register between 10 and 11 a.m. Thursday and Friday of fair week at the 4-H exhibit buildings. The pull takes place nearby starting at 11 a.m. on Thursday and 11:30 a.m. on Friday.

This year’s fair runs from Aug. 17 through Aug. 21.

New law will benefit companies in Pleasant Prairie TIF district

State Sens. Bob Wirch (D-Pleasant Prairie) and Van Wanggaard (R- Racine), and state Reps. Samantha Kerkman (R-Randall), John Steinbrink (D-Pleasant Prairie) and Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) applauded Gov.  Scott Walker’s signing of Senate Bill 144 into law Friday.

Introduced by Sens. Wanggaard and Wirch, SB 144 unanimously passed the Senate last week and then passed the Assembly on a voice vote. Rep. Kerkman, Rep. Steinbrink, and Rep. Barca had introduced the companion to SB 144, Assembly Bill 105, earlier this session before it passed the Assembly Ways and Means Committee, on which Rep. Kerkman serves as chairman.

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Daily Buzz: Get educated at the School Exhibits Building

If you’re looking for a place to get inspired about the school children you might check out the School Exhibits Building at the Kenosha County Fair.

The building is literally decorated wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling with school work of Kenosha County students. Some are art, some are more explanatory, all are visually interesting. Public and parochial elementary schools from anywhere in the county are eligible.

Students earn ribbons and premiums for their projects displayed in the building.

The school exhibits building is located just west of the Westosha Kiwanis food building and north of the Midway on the main east-west fairgrounds road.

The Kenosha County Fair runs Aug. 17-21 this year at the fairgrounds in Wilmot.

Metal fabrication company follows Catalyst Exhibits from Illinois to Kenosha County

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Four months after Catalyst Exhibits announced its move to Pleasant Prairie, a metal fabrication company working under the same roof in Crystal Lake, Ill., is likewise shifting its operations across the border.

For The Metal Shop, the move to its new space at 10555 86th Ave. is already under way, with half of its equipment already in place. As with Catalyst, the transition will be completed by the end of August.

While the developments are connected — Catalyst Exhibits is The Metal Shop’s largest client — each will have its own distinct space nearly one mile from each other.

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Daily Buzz: See the antique farm machinery display at the fair

For 44 years there has been an antique farm machinery exhibit at the Kenosha County Fair.

That’s a long time. But much of the equipment in this display will be considerably older.

Some of the machinery you might see includes:

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Commuter news: Illinois tolls may be increased

There’s bad news coming from south of the border for Kenosha area commuters who work in Lake County and other points south.

The Illinois Tollway Authority is proposing a 35 cent increase at most toll stations as a way of funding a $12 billion capital plan.

Here’s the whole plan. I don’t see a lot of nearby improvements for your commuting coins there.

Three Kenosha schools to host National Night Out

National Night Out will be celebrated at three Kenosha locations from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 2.

The locations for the event will be:

  • McKinley Elementary School, 5520 32nd Avenue;
  • Brass Community School, 6400 15th Avenue; and
  • Wilson Elementary School, 4520 33rd Avenue.

“Knowing your neighbors IS gang prevention” will be the theme of the event, said Donna Rhodes, gang intervention supervisor for the county’s Division of Children and Family Services. The free event is being sponsored by the Kenosha County Division of Children and Family Services and the Kenosha Unified School District.

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Harborpark sculpture walk artwork approved

At last night’s Public Works committee, the eight sculptures and four alternate sculptures were approved.  Natalie Strohm, arts administrator for Milwaukee County, was present at the meeting to thank the committee for their collaboration with the Arts Fund Committee and the selection panel.  Previously, the  locations for the sculptures were approved; tonight, the actual sculptures were approved.

You can click on the following link to see pictures of the approved artwork:

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Pleasant Prairie PD announces release of sex offenders

The Pleasant Prairie Police Department is making notification of the release of two convicted sex offenders — Donald W. Roders and  Jeremy M. Threlkeld — into the village.

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Units responding for report of electrocution

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At 1:34 p.m., Pleasant Prairie Rescue is responding to a report of a electrocution in the 9600 block of 42nd Court.

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Daily Buzz: Still time to enter Fairest of the Fair

The 2010 Fairest of the Fair court

Leading up to this year’s Kenosha County fair, we will publish a daily news item about the event, which in keeping with this year’s theme, we will call the Daily Buzz. — DH

There’s not a lot of time left, but still some, for individuals interested in competing to be named Fairest of the Fair for this year’s Kenosha County Fair to submit their application.

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Taste of Wisconsin™ festival in Kenosha this weekend

The much anticipated Taste of Wisconsin™ festival is almost here!

The 3rd Annual Taste of Wisconsin™ presented by GFS Marketplace, will take place at Kenosha’s Lake Michigan Harbor Promenade (6th Avenue & 54th Street, downtown Kenosha) this weekend – July 29-31. This is a family-friendly celebration of all things tasteful and all things uniquely Wisconsin in their flavor.

Admission is free. Click here for more details.


Units responding to crash on I-94

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At 8:28 p.m., Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue is responding to a report of a crash in the 7700 block of Interstate 94.

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Tornado Watch issued

At 7:45 p.m., Kenosha County is included in an area under a National Weather Service tornado watch.

The watch is in effect until 1 a.m.

UPDSATE 10:43 p.m. — Tornado watch appears to have been cancelled for our area by National Weather Service.

June 30 storm update – walk repair

A split tree on the lawn in front of the Kenosha County Courthouse.

At tonight’s Public Works Committee, Michael Lemens, director of engineering, gave an update on the work the city has been doing to clean up after the June 30th storm.  Both the Public Works and Parks Department staff have made major efforts to clean up during the initial two days/first week after the storm.  Outside help was brought in.  The city spent two weeks working overtime in removing grass.  They have been working since then on a daily basis to address tree issues.  Both Jeff Warnock, park superintendent, and John Prijic, street superintendent, were present and gave their input.

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Flash flood watch issued

Kenosha County is included in a flash flood watch issued by the National Weather Service.

The watch is in effect until Thursday morning.

There is an 80 percent chance of more rain in the area tonight.

A flash flood occurs within a few hours (usually less than six) of heavy or excessive rainfall, dam or levee failure or water released from an ice jam, the NWS says.

KUSD Board approves amended budget, et al.

At tonight’s KUSD regular board meeting, the revised preliminary 2011-2012 budget was unanimously approved with one amendment proposed by Ms. Jo Ann Taube.  Due to the inclusion of the $28,184,402, pursuant to the Moral Obligation Agreement dated September 1, 2006, the budget assumptions presented were not balanced and had a deficit of $28,184,402.  Ms. Taube made a motion to delete this item from the budget because it deals with the district’s CDO and moral obligation, and it’s currently being litigated.  All were in favor of this amendment. 

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Leadership Kenosha accepting applications

Leadership Kenosha is currently accepting applications for the 2011-12 program.

Leadership Kenosha is a Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce program in partnership with Kenosha County UW-Extension. Leadership Kenosha helps citizens to develop their leadership skills, explore community issues, network with local leaders, and conduct a hands-on community project. The program addresses economic, social, educational, and governmental concerns, and provides a unique view of how the county works.

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St. Mary Catholic Church announces music line-up for festival

St. Mary Catholic Church is pleased to announce the dates and musical lineup for its August festival.

The St. Mary Festival will be held on Saturday, Aug. 20 and Sunday, Aug. 21.

Musical acts on Saturday will be: “Boys and Toys” and “Catch a Wave.” On Sunday, Aug. 21, the “Dancing Showtimers Seniors,” “Anthony ‘Frank’ Cassano and Joe Brigante,” “Matt Meyer and the Smooth Riders,” and “Bella Cain” will perform.

Returning attractions to the 2011 St. Mary Festival include the “Win a Dream Raffle,” “Spin and Win,” “Chuck O Luck,” “Chip n Win,” musical entertainment, a food tent, cream puffs, a beer garden, and many of the favorite children’s games and activities of years past.

The festival grounds will officially open on Saturday  at 3 p.m. and will remain open until 11 p.m. Grounds will reopen Sunday, Aug. 21, from noon until 9 p.m. The drawing for the St. Mary “Win a Dream Raffle” will be held on Sunday, Aug. 21, at 9 p.m.

“Festival goers are invited to save the date and join us for a great lineup of musical entertainment, games, great food and beverages at the St. Mary Festival this August,” said John Schmidbauer, festival chairperson.

Kenosha accepting Community Development Block Grant proposals

The city of Kenosha Department of City Development is accepting proposals from eligible not-for-profit organizations, which will assist the city in the development of the 20112 Community Development Block Grant Program.

The city expects to receive $966,167 from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development for allocation to eligible projects under the 2012 CDBG program.

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Units responding to report of smoke from residence

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At 12:24 p.m., Pleasant Prairie Fire Department is responding to a report of what appears may be smoke coming from a residence in about the 10100 block of Green Bay Road.

UPDATE 12:38 p.m. — Dispatch tells responding squads to slow response.

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Rain cancels tonights’s program at Wilmot Raceway

Heavy rain the last two days has cancelled racing tonight at Wilmot Raceway, according to the track’s phone hotline.

Coming up on July 30 will be the Tommy Homan Memorial Family Night & Youth Sports Night. Racing will be Modifieds, Street Stocks, Mini Sprints and Fearless 4’s .

Admission will be $10 for adults and children 12 and over and $10. Kids 11 and under will be free.

Seven arrested on drug indictments

Seven men were arrested on July 20 on federal drug indictments, the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department announced today.

According to a press release:
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Dive team being called out for report of water emergency

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At 7:48 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department units are responding to a report of a water emergency in the 5100 block of 6th Avenue, Kenosha.

County dive team mebers also have been put on alert.

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Units responding to report of crash

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At 3:17 p.m., Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue and police units are responding to a report of crash at 104th Avenue and 60th Street (Highway K).

Two vehicles are involved an blocking the roadway. One person wants to be checked out for a possible head injury, dispatch reports.

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Man found dead in pool

A man was found dead floating in Kenosha’s Washington Park pool early this morning, the Associated Press is reporting.

Prairie Family Days is this weekend

All are invited to Prairie Family Days in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin on July 23 and 24.

Admission and several activities are free, though certain activities are fee based. Carnival rides will be running on Friday evening beginning at 5 p.m. and will run throughout the event. Event grounds will be open Saturday, July 23 from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. and Sunday, July 24 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Certain activities will begin prior to these hours on each day.

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Flight for Life called for patient in motorcycle crash

A crash in Kenosha today in which a motorcyclist struck a building necessitated transport of the driver via Flight for Life medical transport helicopter.

The crash occurred on 36th Avenue early this afternoon.

Above photos by Earlene Frederick.

Units responding to report of porch on fire

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At 5:53 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department units and police are responding to a report of a porch on fire in the 2100 block of 61st St., Kenosha.

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Units responding for crash near Gateway

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At 3:53 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department and Somers Fire and Rescue units along with police are responding for a report of a crash at 35th Street and 30th Avenue.

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