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  • Tonight in Kenosha: City Council meets; Fusion and Rustic host open mics
    KENOSHA ⏤ Tonight, local residents can attend an in-person Kenosha Common Council meeting, then head just a few blocks away in either direction for open mics at Fusion and Rustic Road. Common Council meeting tonight Tonight, the Kenosha Common Council will meet at 7 p.m. As of its last meeting, the council has returned to […]
  • 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 […]
  • Tonight’s meetings (July 12, 2021): City committees discuss licenses, upcoming events
    KENOSHA ⏤ Tonight, the city’s Licenses and Permits, Parks, Public Works and other committees will meet to discuss bartender’s licenses and approve upcoming events. Licenses and Permits Starting at 4:30 p.m., the Licenses and Permits Committee will consider approving the new bartender’s licenses of Aimee Alvarez, Caitlyn Amezquita, Arlene Forte and also Alexis Rendon.  However, […]
  • 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. What is […]
  • City government, music and Kenosha Innovation Neighborhood June’s top subjects
    Observer readers focused on our “Around the Mics” galleries, local government coverage and the Kenosha Innovation Neighborhood discussion last month. Therefore, below, take a moment to look at the stories that your community spent time with from the Observer in June. You may even catch bits of information you previously missed. If you also like […]
  • 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 […]
  • Observer on the Scene: Brent Penny at Creative Space; poetry at Lincoln Park; gentrification discussion
    KENOSHA ⏤ From time to time, the Uptown Observer finds itself with a cache of videos of live music, poetry and other events that we take on the scene of happenings each week. N However, due to time, they do not routinely see the light of day. Therefore, this is the first installment in what […]
  • Kenosha Innovation Neighborhood input session held in Uptown
    KENOSHA ⏤ Tuesday evening, Smith Group and the city of Kenosha held an input session with the community on the design of the Kenosha Innovation Neighborhood near Uptown. The session, held at the former Brown Bank Building at 2216 63rd St., started at 5 p.m. KIN info session setup Inside the building, residents were given green […]
  • Make Music Day begins at Kenosha Creative Space
    KENOSHA— Today, June 21, is the first-ever Make Music Day in Kenosha at Kenosha Creative Space. The day will be filled with music from workshops to live band performances starting at 2:30 p.m. In fact, for convenience, you can see the lineup in the image below. You can also watch local musician Oscar Mercadillo kicking […]
  • Kenosha Parks Commission approvals signal return of canceled events
    KENOSHA ⏤ Summer 2021 is shaping up to be a return to normal along the Kenosha lakefront concerning summer events after Parks Commission votes Monday night. On Monday evening, the Kenosha Parks Commission unanimously approved the locations and times of: The Kenosha Civic Veterans Parade: June 27, Navy Park; Let Freedom Ring: July 4, Pennoyer […]
  • 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 […]
  • Paff says federal government ‘bankrupting America’ as other alderpersons support Biden jobs plan
    KENOSHA ⏤ In what has become a routine at City Council meetings, Dist. 6 Ald. David Paff not only voted in opposition of nearly all his colleagues, but also used his comments to denounce the federal government and President Joe Biden’s American Jobs Plan. Paff’s statements came during discussion of a resolution supporting the jobs […]
  • 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 […]
  • City Council to hold public hearing tonight on declaring Red Zone property ‘blighted’
    KENOSHA ⏤ Tonight, following a public hearing, the City Council will vote on whether or not to declare the Red Zone property, 4814 Sheridan Rd., “blighted.” After being declared blighted, the city would take possession of the property. Mayor John Antaramian presented the resolution to the council. A requirement to take over property In order […]
  • Around The Mics: Thursdays at Kenosha Creative Space and Public
    KENOSHA ⏤ Thursdays are a great night if you’re looking for some live entertainment. You can attend two different open mics at two amazing places: Kenosha Creative Space and Public Craft Brewing. You can first catch the start of Kenosha Creative Space‘s event Create @thespace ⏤ their paint/open jam night. The painting begins at 7 […]
  • Around The Mics: Sundays at Kenosha Fusion
    KENOSHA — With a dearth of open mics over the weekend, Kenosha Fusion is offering musicians a place to play and collaborate on Sundays. Uptown Observer stringer Jordan Pauley witnessed some of this during Fusion’s Sunday night open mic. The Fusion mic is hosted at the business, 5014 Seventh Ave., at 6 p.m. each week. […]
  • Kenosha mask mandate ends as vaccination numbers stagnate in communities of color
    KENOSHA ⸺ As of today, the city of Kenosha is no longer under the enforcement of any face mask mandate. However, the county Health Department has released recommendations to continue to stop the spread of COVID-19.  On Wednesday, a day before the city’s mandate expired, Kenosha County Health Officer Dr. Jen Freiheit encouraged residents to […]
  • Take time to stop by one of Kenosha’s Monday night open mics
    KENOSHA ⏤ With a lack of city government meetings tonight, how about checking out local musicians at Kenosha’s Monday night open mics at Fusion and Rustic Road? For months now, local musician Haven Wells has run her open mic at Rustic Road Brewing Co., 5706 Sixth Ave. The Rustic mic offers somewhat of an intimate […]
  • Observer on the Scene this week: Body cam demo, downtown shots
    KENOSHA ⏤ This past week, the Uptown Observer went live for the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department demonstrating its new body cam system to the Kenosha County Board and police responding to shots downtown. The point of this is to offer the community an opportunity to view these things for themselves. Therefore, we hope it gives […]
  • Ald. LaMacchia shares bitter comments over city mask mandate in its final days
    KENOSHA ⏤ During the alderpersons’ comments portion of Monday night’s City Council meeting, Dist. 5 Ald. Rocco LaMacchia gave brief, biting comments to his colleagues while discussing the city’s ongoing mask mandate. LaMacchia gave the only alderpersons’ comments during that portion of the meeting, coming after a lengthy closed session focusing on impending litigation against […]
  • Police take several in custody in connection with 89th Street homicide
    KENOSHA ⏤ Kenosha Police Department officers have arrested three people in connection with the killing of an 18-year-old in the 2000 block of 89th Street in the city Friday. Around 12:30 a.m. Friday, police officers responded to a residence in that area for a shots-fired complaint. On the way to the scene, dispatch also gave […]
  • COVID-19 vaccine updates lead #SaturdayMorningMix
    KENOSHA ⏤ This week, families hoping to fully vaccinate children received welcome health news: Children 12 years and older can now receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Kenosha County. Kenosha County Health Officer Dr. Jen Freiheit made the vaccine announcement earlier this week. Likewise, she also gave updates to several county committees on local efforts […]
  • Tonight’s Meetings: County committee to get updates on Administration, PSB building upgrades
    KENOSHA COUNTY ⏤ Facilities Division Project Manager Frank Martinelli will update the Kenosha County Public Works/Facilities Committee on various building upgrades at its meeting tonight. Among them are several upgrades to the Kenosha County Public Safety Building, the Detention Center and also the Administration Building. Current ongoing county upgrade projects  According to supporting documents linked […]
  • Alderperson announcement, City Council #OfInterest this week
    KENOSHA ⏤ This week, Observer readers found the words of Alderperson Jan Michalski and also Alderperson Holly Kangas of the City Council to be #OfInterest. Of primary focus, Michalski announced that Gorman’s will be bringing a full grocery store to the Uptown Neighborhood. Not only will this be coming to Uptown, but it will be […]
  • Michalski: Full grocery store coming to Uptown Neighborhood
    KENOSHA ⏤ City officials are working to bring a full grocery store to the Uptown Neighborhood, right on 22nd Avenue, according to Dist. 3 Ald. Jan Michalski. Michalski announced the full-service grocery, which he identified as Gorman’s, would occupy the old Salvation Army lot in Uptown during a ribbon cutting Wednesday at Grace Welcome Center.  […]
  • UPDATED: Alderperson: Rusten Sheskey should be ‘given a permanent desk job’
    Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to include information from KPD documents released online concerning the Sheskey investigation as of 11:40 a.m. Tuesday, May 4, 2021. – Daniel Thompson KENOSHA ⏤ During the alderpersons’ comments portion of Monday’s City Council meeting, Dist. 4 Ald. Holly Kangas expressed her frustration over the missing gun of […]
  • City Council strikes down attempt to repeal Kenosha mask mandate
    KENOSHA ⏤ Monday night, the City Council voted overwhelmingly to kill an effort to repeal the city’s mask mandate, which will remain in effect until May 27. The effort, led by sponsors Dist. 5 Ald. Rocco LaMacchia, Dist. 6 Ald. Dave Paff and Dist. 16 Ald. Dominic Ruffalo, sought the City Council to end the […]
  • Police Chief Miskinis’ disappointment, protests lead #SaturdayMorningMix
    KENOSHA ⏤ This week, readers focused on local protests and also now-retired Kenosha Police Chief Daniel Miskinis‘ statement on his disappointment with some citizens. The former police chief, officially retired as of today (May 1), expressed his frustration in a post earlier this week. In his post, he decried pressures on the department to take […]
  • Kenosha Police Chief Daniel Miskinis: ‘I am extremely disappointed’
    KENOSHA ⏤ Monday afternoon, Kenosha Police Chief Daniel Miskinis voiced his extreme disappointment with recent events in the city of Kenosha. In particular, Miskinis addressed the public’s reaction to KPD officer Rusten Sheskey’s continued employment after he shot Jacob Blake seven times in August 2020.  Miskinis previously explained his decision not to discipline Sheskey. Kenosha […]
  • ‘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 […]
  • (UPDATED) Tonight’s meetings: Again, different treatment for ‘false’ applications on Licenses and Permits agenda
    UPDATED: At approximately 4:35 p.m. April 26, 2021,the Licenses and Permits Committee members present (all but Anthony Kennedy) voted to concur with the city attorney’s recommendations. No committee member questioned the discrepancies pointed out in this article. The City Council will next hear the issue. – Daniel Thompson, Observer founder, owner and editor-in-chief KENOSHA ⏤ […]
  • VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Help with Uptown Neighborhood clean-up tomorrow (April 22)
    KENOSHA ⏤ Tomorrow, volunteers once again have the opportunity to help their neighbors and their community with neighborhood clean-up efforts in Uptown. Thursday’s event will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. It marks the second time that Uptown Kenosha Inc., Kenosha Community Health Center, My Sister’s House, Building Our Future and The Green […]
  • Police and Fire Commission approves Kenosha Police Chief’s retirement, resignations from department
    KENOSHA ⏤ After approving Kenosha Police Chief Daniel Miskinis’ retirement, the Police and Fire Commission addressed the “significantly understaffed” department Tuesday morning. Miskinis announced his retirement months ago, hoping to give the city time to find a replacement, as he states in his letter to Mayor John Antaramian. The commission also unanimously approved the interim […]
  • UPDATE: Somers House shooting leads to six confirmed shooting victims; person of interest in custody
    Editor’s note: By the definition that the FBI uses to determine it, this shooting is technically a mass shooting. And our hearts break for the victims, their families and our community for getting caught up in this seemingly wholly American tradition of loved ones taken too soon by gun violence. We are sorry for your […]
  • Inside the Mind of Daniel Thompson: Somers House mass shooting, fear
    KENOSHA ⏤ Sometimes, the written word falls short of expressing the emotion and thoughts we have inside after experiencing trauma. I, Daniel Thompson, am not immune to experiencing this. Sure, written words are convenient if you plan to return to them. But they are cold and distant at their core. Therefore, I’m starting an ongoing […]
  • Kenosha Police decision leads week’s stories
    KENOSHA ⏤ This week, Uptown Observer supporters’ eyes fell heavily on stories surrounding various facets of the Kenosha Police Department. We published a story focusing on the department’s process and proximity in time to getting body cameras. We also published another announcing the department would not discipline officer Rusten Sheskey for shooting Jacob Blake seven […]
  • Officer discipline, Kenosha sunrises on list of #WhatYouMissed
    KENOSHA ⏤ The past week has been a mixed bag of beautiful views and potentially bitter news in the city of Kenosha involving a decision on officer discipline. Jordan Pauley’s morning views along the Kenosha harbor The area has seen sunnier days, with a chilly wind keeping the temperature from getting too high. However, it […]
  • Police Chief: KPD Officer Rusten Sheskey will not be disciplined for shooting Jacob Blake
    KENOSHA ⏤ On Tuesday, Kenosha Police Chief Daniel Miskinis announced that officer Rusten Sheskey will not be disciplined for shooting Jacob Blake seven times on Aug. 23, 2020. In January, Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley also chose not to charge Sheskey with a crime. Sheskey followed current policy Sheskey “acted within the law and […]
  • CORRECTED STORY: KPD Deputy Chief says department currently plans to implement body cameras by end of 3rd Quarter
    Editor’s Note: This story has been updated as of Friday, April 16, 2021, at 2:50 p.m. Corrections made to this story include clarifying that the Kenosha Police Department will be signing a contract with a vendor for body cameras by early May. Implementation will not take place until the end of the 3rd Quarter of […]
  • SCAM!: Fake deputies asking for donations from local businesses
    KENOSHA COUNTY ⏤ The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department reports people have recently been posing as deputies to scam local businesses. Local taverns reported several phone calls with this type of scam artist on Sunday, April 11. Interviewing owners, investigators learned these “deputies” said they were part of KCSD and also the “Police and Sheriff’s Coalition.” […]
  • Hot Mess Studios #OfInterest to Observer readers
    KENOSHA ⏤ This past week our supporters proved that they truly want to be a hot mess ⏤ taking particular interest in Katy Wallner’s Hot Mess Studios, LLC. Of course, this kind of mess is pertaining to the pop-up art studio owned by Katy Wallner. Last week, we covered Wallner’s soft opening of her new […]
  • A Look Back: The Observer spends time along the Kenosha harbor
    KENOSHA ⏤ Since the COVID-19 pandemic started, the Uptown Observer crew has spent a lot of time walking, taking photos and enjoying the Kenosha harbor. Over time, we’ve seen many views along Lake Michigan, also capturing and sharing them periodically with our readers. You can also find the entirety of what we’ve posted from our […]
  • Do your best Pollock impression with Wallner, Hot Mess Studios
    KENOSHA ⸺ Local artist Katy Wallner may be a hot mess. But it’s OK. She likes it that way.  While regularly that description has negative connotations, like with many things, Wallner has turned it into a positive with her new creation: Hot Mess Studios, LLC.  The brainchild of the Creatives for Community founder, the new […]
  • Michalski sponsoring second Uptown cleanup this Saturday; alderpersons share comments on various topics
    KENOSHA ⏤ While last night’s meeting didn’t have any hot button topics on the agenda, alderpersons spent the end sharing a few important local things on their minds. During the alderpersons’ comments portion of last night’s Kenosha City Council meeting, Dist. 3 Ald. Jan Michalski, Dist. 2 Ald. Bill Siel, Dist. 16 Ald. Dominic Ruffalo […]
  • #WhatYouMissed: The return of good news
    KENOSHA ⏤ Between the resurrection of the Public Craft Brewing open mic, an art exhibit opening and the return of Kenosha Pride, good news has been plentiful for Kenoshans the past week. Take a look back on all of the news the events of last week produced below. #WhatYouMissed news of last week…
  • #OfInterest: An application, Pride news and an art walkthrough
    KENOSHA ⏤ This past week’s news touched on various groups within the overall city, bringing news of the return of the Kenosha Pride festival. Uptown Observer readers also paid attention to the story of two applications the city’s Licenses and Permits Committee arguably gave different treatment. Our supporters also went on a walkthrough of Kenosha […]
  • Uptown Opportunity: Help with monthly clean-up effort in Uptown neighborhood starting April 3
    KENOSHA ⏤ Tomorrow, the whole Kenosha community will have the opportunity to come together for a good cause: clean-up efforts in the Uptown neighborhood. According to Uptown Kenosha Inc. Board President Krista Maurer, the business association will be collaborating with quite a few organizations to lead the neighborhood clean-up efforts over the weekend, and also […]
  • Art Scene: A walk through Kenosha Creative Space’s ‘Art + Protest’ exhibit
    KENOSHA ⸺ Black lives are still an important topic in conversation and in art in the city of Kenosha ⏤ regardless of who believes they matter or not.  On Thursday, Kenosha Creative Space unveiled a new exhibit, ‘Art + Protest,’ that will be open to the public until May 9. Though the exhibit comes from […]
  • From Our Community: Kenosha Pride festival returns in August
    KENOSHA ⸺ It’s official: The Kenosha Pride festival will return to Veterans Memorial Park on Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021. Kenosha Pride, Inc.’s Board of Directors made the announcement Wednesday afternoon.  The event announcement follows the city’s Parks Commission unanimously approving Pride’s special event application and permits last Monday, March 24. This will also be the […]
  • #Mid-Week Rewind: An application, a city detective, a radio station
    KENOSHA ⏤ So far this week, the Uptown Observer‘s coverage has hovered heavily around municipal happenings and getting to know a detective within the city of Kenosha Police Department. Therefore, below, please catch up on our stories that the community has been reading this week. Latest News Around Kenosha Support The Uptown Observer
  • Kenosha Licenses and Permits Committee: Two ‘false’ applications, two different treatments, one interested alderperson
    KENOSHA ⸺ With one question and a brief exchange, a bartender’s license application sure to fail due to a criminal record received a second chance via deferral from the city Licenses and Permits Committee. On Monday night, the city committee considered the new bartender’s license application of Brian Green. And to say approving Green’s application […]
  • #ObserverConversations: Talking about building trust, police life with KPD Detective Tommar Franklin
    KENOSHA ⏤ Last week, the Uptown Observer had the opportunity to sit down for a long and very enlightening conversation with Kenosha Police Department Detective Tommar Franklin. However, the conversation between the Observer and Franklin covered more ground than a simple write-up could show. Therefore, please take the time to watch the interview for yourself […]
  • #OfInterest: Observer readers delve into KPD detective’s experience, Thompson’s Take
    KENOSHA ⏤ This past week, Observer supporters’ eyes fell mostly on the story of Kenosha Police Department Detective Tommar Franklin. The community also took interest in Uptown Observer founder Daniel Thompson‘s recounting of his COVID-19 vaccination experience. In fact, many of the stories visitors to our site paid most attention to focused on the people […]
  • Observer Recap: A vaccine, a police chief and a detective (March 21-27, 2021)
    KENOSHA ⸺ Over the past week, Uptown Observer coverage has focused mainly on the COVID-19 vaccine and the Kenosha Police Department. Last week, stories included: Founder Daniel Thompson receiving a COVID-19 vaccination; Police Chief Daniel Miskinis updating the community on arrests during civil unrest; And a detective working to also change things in law enforcement […]
  • #HumanityCenteredSaturday: KPD Detective Tommar Franklin trying to make change from within
    KENOSHA ⏤ Kenosha Police Department Detective Tommar Franklin has served his nation and his community for much of his life. Franklin has been in law enforcement for nearly 13 years, serving as a detective for almost three years. He has also called Kenosha home for over 20 years.  During his time in the service, Franklin […]
  • Observer On The Scene: Wisconsin 7 finish 22-day fast, promise continued push for green energy
    KENOSHA ⏤ On Friday, the group known as the Wisconsin 7 finished a 22-day fast to pressure the state Legislature to pass Gov. Tony Evers’ climate justice initiatives in the 2021-2023 state budget. As a result, the group joined together to end their fast right where it began on March 4: In front of Grace […]
  • Chief Miskinis updates community on efforts to arrest August rioters
    KENOSHA ⸺ Kenosha Police Chief Daniel Miskinis gave an update on his department’s efforts to arrest those who participated in riots in the city in August 2020. Miskinis also pointed out a fact that is sure to be bitter for some to swallow: Out of the 55 arrested for various crimes so far, Kenoshans make […]
  • #AroundTown: A walk along the Kenosha harbor
    KENOSHA ⏤ The Kenosha harbor, located at the end of 52nd Street in the downtown area, is a resource to both the city’s residents and visitors. In the warmer months, the harbor offers an easy, aesthetically-pleasing walk along Lake Michigan. During the winter months, snow and ice add a unique beauty to the harbor. Please, […]
  • Kenosha Police Department officer, passenger uninjured in rollover crash at 52nd Street and 22nd Avenue Sunday
    KENOSHA ⸺ A vehicle struck a Kenosha Police Department SUV at the intersection of 52nd Street and 22nd Avenue Sunday, shutting down the intersection for a period of time. According to Sgt. Leo Viola of the KPD, emergency personnel responded to the scene at approximately 1:15 p.m. The investigation showed that, prior to the crash, […]
  • #WhatYouMissed: A look back on last week’s stories (March 15-21, 2021)
    KENOSHA ⏤ Often, it is the case in the 24-hour news cycle that people read stories and then they quickly forget about them within a week’s time. As a result of this, we want to offer a look back each week on stories that impacted our community the previous seven days. So, please, take a […]
  • #HumanityCenteredSaturday: Officer Friendly wants entire community to work together toward a better future
    KENOSHA ⸺ Everyone knows of Officer Friendly in Kenosha, although many forget about the human behind the Kenosha Police Department uniform.  The new Officer Friendly in town, Tyler Cochran, does a great job trying to engage the community.  For as long as Cochran can remember, he has wanted to be an active member in his […]
  • #SaturdayMorningMix: Two claims and a mask mandate extension
    KENOSHA ⏤ Claims filed against the city of Kenosha and an extension of the city’s mask mandate until May 27 lead this week’s most viewed stories on the Uptown Observer website. As a result, below, please take time to look back on all of our reporting that the community has paid attention to since March […]
  • Kenosha coalition to host discussion on racism in faith communities March 25
    KENOSHA ⏤ Next week, the Kenosha Coalition for Dismantling Racism will co-lead another “Courageous Conversation” ⏤ this time focusing on racism in faith communities. The panel discussion, held virtually at 6:30 p.m. on March 25, will focus on how racism in faith communities affects attitudes and also behaviors. The coalition and Carthage College are co-sponsoring […]
  • Kenosha City Council extends current mask mandate until May 27, unanimously denies Huber and Grosskreutz claims
    KENOSHA ⏤ The City Council has extended the city’s face mask mandate until near the end of May. The council approved the motion 14-3 Monday night, with aldpersons David Paff (Dist. 6), Mitchell Pedersen (Dist. 12) and Dominic Ruffalo (Dist. 16) voting against.  The extension, approved off of a resolution by Dist. 2 Ald. Bill […]
  • City Council to discuss Huber family, Grosskreutz claims in closed session tonight
    KENOSHA ⏤ Tonight, the City Council will discuss⏤ in closed session⏤ two claims relating to Kyle Rittenhouse shooting one person, Gaige Grosskreutz, and killing two others, Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum, on Aug. 25, 2020. Huber’s family is pressing forward with the suit on his behalf. Each suit seeks a total of $10 million from […]
  • Humanity-Centered Saturday: A trip down memory lane
    KENOSHA ⏤ Since The Uptown Observer began, we’ve pursued what we call “humanity-centered journalism.” What this means is, instead of showing what gets more pageviews, we try to focus on the people. Within that, we try to add in little flourishes of personality that others may not. For a while now, our intern Olivia Crudup […]
  • #SaturdayMorningMix: A drug bust and a barber lead stories this week
    KENOSHA ⏤ The Uptown Observer hit on various aspects of the Kenosha County community this week, ranging from crime to the COVID-19 pandemic. We covered a shooting near Grace Lutheran Church in the Uptown neighborhood. The Observer also reported on an update on local distribution efforts of the COVID-19 vaccine. And we got to see […]
  • #MidWeekRewind: A vaccine update and a shooting top latest articles
    KENOSHA ⏤ Another Wednesday means another time to reflect on recent articles published by The Uptown Observer site since Saturday, March 6. Therefore, below, please find the latest articles published in the different sections on our site. And, if you like what you read, don’t forget to like, share and follow us via the email […]
  • Kenosha police seeking information on Tuesday shooting near Grace Lutheran Church
    KENOSHA ⏤ The Kenosha Police Department is seeking the public’s help in locating one or more suspects involved in a shooting Tuesday that left a 19-year-old in critical condition. According to a KPD release Wednesday morning, officers were called to the 5900 block of 20th Avenue around 9:15 p.m. Wednesday night. There, near the east […]
  • Today’s tidbits: A beautiful morning and a mask mandate extension proposal
    KENOSHA ⏤ Waking up Monday morning, the sun’s light hit Kenoshans with warmer temperatures and, overall, a beautiful beginning to the work week. As a result, the Uptown Observer‘s stringer Jordan Pauley rose up early today to capture the sun rising on the city. Please, take a look at his photos below. Alderman proposing mask […]
  • #HumanityCenteredSaturday: A leader walks into a barbershop …
    Alvin owens serves community with ‘collective’ KENOSHA ⏤ Known for his amazing haircuts and involvement in local activism supporting communities of color, Alvin D. Owens has done it all. He’s from cut hair in his front yard, worked in public relations, and has been employed in the education field.  Regimen Barber Collective A resident of […]
  • #SaturdayMorningMix: A fast, a law enforcement grant and an amazing voice lead local stories
    KENOSHA ⏤ Good morning, Kenosha. It’s another Saturday, which means another mix of Observer stories from the week. This article sponsored by Valerie Douglas for KUSD School Board You’re waking up to a beautiful day locally. The sun is coming out. Birds are chirping. It’s another lovely weekend in the city. While you ease into the […]
  • ‘Wisconsin 7’ kick off 22-day fast in Kenosha to support climate initiatives
    KENOSHA ⏤ The group now known as the “Wisconsin 7” took their last bites before starting a 22-day fast on Thursday, March 4, to support green energy initiatives. The group ⏤ led by Grace Lutheran Church Pastor Jonathan Barker ⏤ is fasting to pressure the state Legislature to pass Gov. Tony Evers’ climate justice initiatives […]
  • #MidWeekRewind: COVID-19 variant, Wisconsin 6 and young talent
    KENOSHA ⏤ This week has shown the area a variety of news on multiple fronts. On one hand, the county has reported the first positive case of the U.K. variant of the COVID-19 virus. One the other hand, the new generation of musicians showed that the local music scene will be thriving for years to […]
  • From Our Founder: Be part of the change in Kenosha journalism; sponsor the Observer
    KENOSHA ⏤ You may have noticed video ads popping up on the Uptown Observer website recently seeking people to sponsor our work. Like the ones I’ve blatantly placed on this page as well.  This has been a soft signal from me that I am opening the door for sponsors.  Here’s the overt signal The Observer […]
  • Wisconsin 6 to take last bites Thursday at Grace before 22-day fast
    KENOSHA ⏤ While fasting in Biblical context mostly pertained to seeking something from God, the Wisconsin 6 are using it in the hopes of attaining change sought from man. On Thursday, March 4, the group led by Pastor Jonathan Barker will take their last bites of food outside of Grace Lutheran Church. After that, they […]
  • #HumanityCenteredSaturday: A sit-down with ‘Mama’ Arnetta Griffin
    KENOSHA ⏤ Known as “Mama” in her community, Arnetta Griffin has been working to better Kenosha, doing God’s work.  With First Step Warming Center shutting down in May 2017 and her own experience as a single mother, Griffin wanted to make a difference in people’s lives.  After she went through her own trials and tribulations, […]
  • Observer Conversations: ‘Baskets of Joy’ w/Danielle Rasmussen
    KENOSHA ⸺ How can you bring joy into a local child’s day for only $12.66? Danielle Rasmussen has an answer with “Baskets of Joy”. Support the Observer Family Rasmussen, hairstylist by profession, is leading this year’s basket effort. The baskets go to cheer up local kids during the Easter holiday.  As a result, please watch […]
  • Good Morning, Kenosha (Feb. 26, 2021)
    Good Morning, Kenosha! The Uptown Observer’s stringer Jordan Pauley, of Pauley’s Pro Pics, got up early to capture some local beauty this morning. Enjoy a few photos of the sun rising on Kenosha this morning below. Support the Observer family Latest Observances
  • #ICYMI: Beauty in a frosty morning before a warm-up
    KENOSHA ⏤ After a period of bitter cold, the sun has finally come to shine on the city again, highlighting remnants of winter beauty. Local residents certainly appreciate the warmth it has brought back to the area. However, many perhaps often overlook the benefits of the scenes of beauty left behind, melting in the snow. […]
  • Mid-Week Rewind: New communication hut for Uptown; new Fire Station No. 4 for KFD
    KENOSHA ⏤ Initiatives to improve the Kenosha Fire Department and internet access in Uptown and throughout the city moved through committees this week. For the KFD, city committees approved needed variances for a new Kenosha Fire Station No. 4. The city is planning to largely model the new Fire Station No. 4 after the recently-completed […]
  • Public Works approves Uptown SiFi Networks site for communication hut
    SiFi huts to help with broadband connectivity around city KENOSHA ⏤ While the state Legislature faces issues of broadband access in rural areas, Kenosha officials are looking to decrease broadband deserts within the heart of the city with communication huts.  On Monday, the city Public Works Committee listened to an explanation of a new broadband […]
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    KENOSHA ⏤Several Kenosha committees and commissions, including Public Works, approved moving forward with a new Kenosha Fire Department Station No. 4, passing needed variances for the project Monday. The new station, located at 4810 60th St., would replace the current building at that location, finished in 1964.  According to Kenosha Fire Department Chief Christopher Bigley, […]
  • Tonight’s Meetings (Feb. 22, 2021): City committees, commissions
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  • Kenosha Achievement Center to host virtual ‘Legislators’ Breakfast’ event Monday
    KENOSHA ⸺ Monday, Feb. 22, the Kenosha Achievement Center will enter the foray of organizations holding their annual, cornerstone events virtually.  The Kenosha Achievement Center (KAC) will host its annual Legislators’ Breakfast, usually held in a meeting room at a local business, via Zoom for the first time due to COVID-19 safety precautions.  The free […]
  • Kenosha Common Council approves resolution setting review of city snow-removal guidelines
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  • Mid-Week Rewind: Stories/pictures published Feb. 13 -17, 2021
    THIS WEEK’S STORIES SO FAR KENOSHA ⏤ Take a look back on the stories, videos and pictures that The Uptown Observer has published between Saturday, Feb. 13, and Wednesday morning. Find our latest stories below, presented in a nice timeline for you to peruse at your convenience. Support the Observer Family
  • Inmate found unresponsive in Kenosha County Jail cell dies
    KENOSHA ⏤ The inmate found hanging in his jail cell on Feb. 9 at the Kenosha County Jail has died from his injuries.  Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. David Wright made the announcement Wednesday morning that the inmate ⏤ identified as Timothy J. Nelson, 25, of Kenosha ⏤ had died at Froedtert Hospital at 3:42 […]
  • Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department responds to 106 calls Monday, no life-threatening injuries
    KENOSHA COUNTY ⏤ Monday’s storm, continually dumping snow on the area overnight, certainly kept Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department deputies busy ⏤ thankfully, without any life-threatening injuries. In fact, according to a KCSD release Tuesday, from 4 p.m. Monday until Tuesday at noon, the department responded to 106 calls, including: 3 crashes with injured people; 13 […]
  • Police and Fire Commission approves KFD appointments, questions what to do with citizens’ comments
    KENOSHA ⏤ During an at-times confusingly formatted meeting, the city’s Police and Fire Commission approved the resignations of three Kenosha Police Department officers.  The body also approved the appointment of nine probationary firefighters to the Kenosha Fire Department, as well as the job posting for seeking a new fire chief. However, Commissioner Leo Chiappetta asked […]
  • Police arrest 72-year-old after late-night stabbing in Kenosha
    KENOSHA ⏤ Kenosha Police Department officers arrested a 72-year-old man after being called to a stabbing on 24th Avenue shortly after midnight Saturday morning. According to a release from the department, officers responded to the 6100 block of 24th Avenue after the stabbing call came in four minutes after midnight. At the scene, officers found […]
  • HUMANITY-CENTERED SATURDAY: Jo Wynn helps the homeless, the historically underserved
    KENOSHA ⏤ Jo Wynn has served her community for the vast majority of the time she’s lived in it.  Wynn has lived in Kenosha now for 17 years. Two years into her stay, in 2005, she created her organization, Walkin’ In My Shoes, which serves the homeless population in the city. She decided to create […]
  • Saturday Morning Mix (Feb. 13, 2021)
    KENOSHA ⏤ A mix of important announcements ⏤ including Kenosha Police Chief Daniel Miskinis’ upcoming retirement ⏤ made this week a substantial one in the city. On Thursday, Miskinis announced his retirement at the end of April to city department heads and staff. Miskinis has faced calls to resign since the shooting of Jacob Blake […]
  • Local leader to take part in ‘Trace the Line’ panel
    KENOSHA ⏤ Kenoshan Porche Bennett-Bey will serve as a panelist at an event drawing Midwest leaders together to talk about moving forward in 2021. The event, based around the new film “Trace the Line”, takes place on Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. The virtual event is free and open to those who pre-register at […]
  • Kenosha Police Chief Miskinis to retire at end of April
    Police chief sent email to city department heads Thursday informing them KENOSHA ⏤ Kenosha Police Chief Daniel Miskinis will retire at the end of April. Miskinis, who has served in law enforcement since the 1980s, announced the retirement to city staff in an email sent at 8:18 a.m. Thursday morning. He has spent nearly 25 […]
  • Good Morning, Kenosha! (Feb. 11, 2021)
    Good Morning! The Uptown Observer‘s stringer Jordan Pauley, of Pauley’s Pro Pics, took photos this chilly morning in Kenosha.    See his work below.  Latest Observances …
  • Kenosha Homecoming Car Show postponed until 2022
    KENOSHA ⏤ Residents hoping to catch the yearly Homecoming Car Show this summer will have to, again, wait another year.On Wednesday, the Kenosha County Historical Society and the show committee jointly announced the postponement, citing months of deliberation over the decision.”This was not an easy decision to postpone the event for the second year in […]
  • From Our Community: Free bread and milk giveaway at Grace
    KENOSHA ⏤ Grace Welcome Center will be hosting a free bread and milk giveaway Feb. 11 and Feb. 12.Recently, the center found itself with an abundance of bread and milk that had not been given out yet. As a result, a giveaway will take place at the center, located at 2006 60th St. in Kenosha, this […]
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  • Public Works gives first approval to review of Kenosha snow removal policies
    KENOSHA ⏤ The city’s Public Works Committee moved a resolution forward Monday night calling for a review and potential overhaul of snow removal policies on city streets. The resolution, principally sponsored by Dist. 17 Ald. David Bogdala, calls for immediate changes ⏤ particularly to salting policies ⏤ as well as a longterm review of current […]

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