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County public health, Grace again offering incentives at Thursday clinic

Editor’s note: Daniel Thompson has volunteered at previous Grace Welcome Center pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinics. He also received his COVID-19 vaccination at the center. This is simply a disclosure of that past relationship. You can read about his personal vaccination experience here.  KENOSHA ⏤ Grace Welcome Center, Kenosha County Public Health and the state are … Continue reading County public health, Grace again offering incentives at Thursday clinic

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Kenosha County to celebrate 101 years of women’s right to vote Sept. 8

KENOSHA ⏤ Next week, the Kenosha County Suffrage 100 Committee will be holding its celebration of 101 years of women’s right to vote on Sept. 8.  The event ⏤ previously delayed due to inclement weather last month ⏤ will kick off at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8. The Anderson Arts Center, 6603 Third Ave., in … Continue reading Kenosha County to celebrate 101 years of women’s right to vote Sept. 8

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County Public Health, Grace hoping incentives increase vaccinations

KENOSHA ⏤ Kenosha County Public Health officials and Grace Welcome Center are hoping incentives will increase turnout tomorrow at their COVID-19 vaccination clinic.  The pop-up clinic ⏤ located at Grace Lutheran Church, 2006 60th St. ⏤ will start at 8 a.m. tomorrow (Sept. 2). The clinic will end at 9:15 a.m. Cash, gift card vaccination incentives … Continue reading County Public Health, Grace hoping incentives increase vaccinations

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Kenosha Uptown’s Days of Healing kicks off today with ‘Spirituals United’

KENOSHA ⏤ Beginning today with a prayer walk event, and over the next several days, Uptown Kenosha will be focused on one thing: healing.  The result of a collaboration between several local organizations and business ⏤ including Bellissima’s Boutique, Hot Mess Studios LLC, Kenosha Beauty Supply, Jockey and S’Lush Daiquiri Lounge and Grill ⏤ the … Continue reading Kenosha Uptown’s Days of Healing kicks off today with ‘Spirituals United’

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Kenosha History Center pays tribute to photojournalist Al Fredrickson

KENOSHA ⏤ As of today, Kenoshans and visitors alike can experience the life and work of photojournalist Al Fredrickson via an exhibit at Kenosha History Center.  From now until mid-October, the center at 220 51st Place will be hosting “Through the Lens of a Photojournalist: A Tribute to the Life and Work of Al Fredrickson.” … Continue reading Kenosha History Center pays tribute to photojournalist Al Fredrickson

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Inside the Mind of Daniel Thompson: ‘As long as my community is well fed’

KENOSHA ⏤ Since I've taken on the role of a community, independent journalist, I have known much encouraging and, frankly, needed support ⏤ both for the Observer and "Inside the Mind of Daniel Thompson". However, people have also pressured me to put down other independents, like Koerri Elijah, and treat them as competition. While I … Continue reading Inside the Mind of Daniel Thompson: ‘As long as my community is well fed’

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Observer on the Scene: Live at Kenosha COR, city meetings

KENOSHA ⏤ The Observer has been on the scene of government meetings and also a few announcements recently ⏤ including the move of the Great Lakes Brew Fest. Kenosha COR debut (July 7, 2021) Last week, Kenosha Coalition Organizing for Resolution hosted its initial press conference introducing itself to the community.  During the conference, leaders … Continue reading Observer on the Scene: Live at Kenosha COR, city meetings

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KCOR hoping to help stop violence before police intervention

KENOSHA ⏤ A new community group ⏤ Kenosha Coalition Organizing for Resolution (KCOR) ⏤ hopes to de-escalate situations before they reach the point of violence and police involvement in the city. On Wednesday, KCOR held a press conference in Civic Center Park to introduce themselves to the community. Watch the full conference below. https://www.facebook.com/theuptownobserver/videos/397053485079759/ What … Continue reading KCOR hoping to help stop violence before police intervention

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Local leaders praise Evers for signing AB 374, opioid settlement bill into law

KENOSHA COUNTY ⏤ Kenosha County officials Wednesday expressed gratitude after Gov. Tony Evers signed AB 374 into law. The move frees up settlement funds for opioid addiction mitigation and abatement efforts. 2021 Assembly Bill 374 addresses settlement of the multidistrict opiate litigation. In this specific instance, it addresses the multidistrict litigation titled In re: National … Continue reading Local leaders praise Evers for signing AB 374, opioid settlement bill into law

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Thompson’s Take (Opinion): The wrong people are excited about Kenosha Innovation Neighborhood

Lately, when I think about the Kenosha Innovation Neighborhood project near Uptown Kenosha, I return to the same thought: The wrong people are excited about this. See, I’ve obviously been following developments on it, and recently, I attended the public input session on the project at the old Brown Bank Building. Now, I acknowledge the … Continue reading Thompson’s Take (Opinion): The wrong people are excited about Kenosha Innovation Neighborhood

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Observer Walk: Basilica and National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians at Holy Hill

HUBERTUS, Wis. ⏤ The Basilica and National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians at Holy Hill is maybe the most pleasant walk/hike you can take in the local region. The peaceful spot, tucked in 435 acres of woods, is located about 70 miles northwest of Kenosha in Hubertus, Wis. The three-layer hill is centered around … Continue reading Observer Walk: Basilica and National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians at Holy Hill

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Thompson’s Take: We need to know each other, so we can listen to each other again

“Now is the time to come together.” There is no doubt in my mind that you’ve heard those words a lot in 2021.  I’m also fairly certain that they have hit with different degrees of sincerity based on who has said them to you.  As I walk around Kenosha, I know that the city fractured … Continue reading Thompson’s Take: We need to know each other, so we can listen to each other again

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Kenosha Pride holds ‘most successful benefit ever’ (photos)

KENOSHA ⏤ Saturday, Kenosha Pride and supporters filled the Rhode Center for the Arts to benefit the group's August festival. The event ⏤ Pride's first since COVID-19 hit ⏤ turned out a success, according to the group's social media. In fact, in a post on its Facebook page, the group called the event its "MOST … Continue reading Kenosha Pride holds ‘most successful benefit ever’ (photos)

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Observer Walk: Petrifying Springs Park trails (video)

This morning I got up and decided that I would go on a walk/hike around the trails in Petrifying Springs Park right here in the local Kenosha area. I hadn't in a while. However, exercise and mental health are linked together in ways. Therefore, I thought it might be peaceful and beneficial for everyone to … Continue reading Observer Walk: Petrifying Springs Park trails (video)

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County Executive: Pride flag to fly over Kenosha County for month of June

KENOSHA COUNTY ⏤ Today, Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser announced that the Rainbow Pride flag will fly outside of the Kenosha County Courthouse throughout the month of June. The Kenosha County Board declared June as LGBTQA+ Pride Month at its last month. Sup. Zach Rodriguez brought the resolution to do so forward. . In ordering … Continue reading County Executive: Pride flag to fly over Kenosha County for month of June

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Thompson’s Take: It’s time leaders step up

When I returned to this city a few years ago, I had no intention of being a leader in it or the county. If my personality type was based heavily on any type of character, it was always the antiheroes.  This included Han Solo, the Green Power Ranger and Batman (aka rich man with mental … Continue reading Thompson’s Take: It’s time leaders step up

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Inside the Mind of Daniel Thompson: On Arzell Thompson, ‘Flukie’

It’s taken me a long time to appreciate and understand my grandfather, Arzell “Flukie” Thompson, and how his kindness is the most important trait he imparted on my family. Bessie Green gave birth to Arzell on Feb 23, 1917, in Nelton, Miss. Growing up a Black man in the Jim Crow South, my grandfather’s opportunities … Continue reading Inside the Mind of Daniel Thompson: On Arzell Thompson, ‘Flukie’

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#HCS: Grace Welcome Center cuts ribbon on new cooler, celebrates anniversary

“God, we sit in this basement in Grace Welcome Center ready to see you in our midst. Open our eyes and our hearts to greet you and all that come this day.” KENOSHA ⏤ Those were the closing words of Pastor Kevin Beebe’s prayer in the Grace Welcome Center basement Wednesday as the pantry cut … Continue reading #HCS: Grace Welcome Center cuts ribbon on new cooler, celebrates anniversary

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First 5 steps ‘Inside the Mind of Daniel Thompson’

KENOSHA ⏤ Since August, a good number of people have heard the name “Daniel Thompson”, some have come to know the journalist, and few have glimpsed my mind and thoughts.  However, over time, I’ve realized that this leaves a lot left to be colored in. As a result, I’ve seen some argue points on my … Continue reading First 5 steps ‘Inside the Mind of Daniel Thompson’

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‘Enough is Enough’: Activists protest police brutality; KCSD releases statement on arrests

KENOSHA ⏤ A peaceful Sunday march and protest eventually ended in Kenosha County deputies placing three notable community leaders under arrest at the Kenosha Public Safety Building. Monday, the Kenosha County Sheriff's Department called the arrests "targeted" in a released statement. The department also stated the three were arrested for blocking public access to the … Continue reading ‘Enough is Enough’: Activists protest police brutality; KCSD releases statement on arrests