UPDATE: KCSD identifies Milwaukee driver killed in I-94 crash

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KENOSHA COUNTY ⏤ The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department (KCSD) has identified the driver killed in a Tuesday I-94 crash as Dr. Mirza Ahmad, 35, of Milwaukee.  Ahmad drove a 2019 Volvo XC40 northbound in the 7100 block of I-94 when it crashed into a parked semi. The semi was stopped in the northbound lanes at [...]

Sheriff’s department investigating fatal crash on I-94

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KENOSHA COUNTY ⏤ The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department continues to investigate a fatal crash that took place on Interstate 94 Tuesday. According to a release from Sgt. David Wright, deputies, detectives and fire and rescue personnel responded to the 7100 block of I-94 at 7:52 p.m. Tuesday. At the scene, they found a 2019 Volvo [...]

County Public Health hosting COVID-19 booster dose clinic Friday

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KENOSHA COUNTY ⏤ Kenosha County Public Health will host a COVID-19 booster dose clinic this Friday, Oct. 8, at the Kenosha County Job Center. The clinic at the center ⏤ located at 8600 Sheridan Road in Kenosha ⏤ will run 9 a.m. to noon. County officials stress the clinic is “intended to serve eligible individuals [...]

Observer Conversations: James Simmons for Kenosha County Sheriff

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Editor's note: As the Observer wishes to be fair to all candidates, if there is another sheriff candidate who would also like to sit down for an interview on camera, I am more than happy to oblige. Please email me at dthompson@theuptownobserver.com. KENOSHA ⏤ When Kenoshans think of Kenosha County Sheriff candidate James Simmons, he [...]

In the Kenosha Crowd: Photos in the city June – August, part 1

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If you've noticed a green hat bobbing through a crowd at a local music, government or creative arts event, you've seen me take photos of our city life. And, in the past few months, I've found myself all over our home. I found myself at the Juneteenth celebration near Regimen Barber Collective. I spent a [...]

Supervisor Jerry Gulley announces bid for Kenosha County Executive

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Editor's note: This article has been modified to correct an error. County Board Supervisor Jerry Gulley was elected in 2020. KENOSHA COUNTY ⏤ Late Tuesday evening, County Board Supervisor Jerry Gulley officially announced that he will run for Kenosha County Executive in 2022. The current county executive, Jim Kreuser, is retiring at the end of [...]

County public health, Grace again offering incentives at Thursday clinic

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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 [...]

Kenosha History Center pays tribute to photojournalist Al Fredrickson

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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.” [...]

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

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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 [...]

Native American drum demo, Creative Space mic are tonight’s events

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KENOSHA ⏤ Tonight (July 22), you can attend an event that will teach you about Native American culture and drumming, and also Creative Space's open mic. Up first, the Native American drum demonstration event will take place at the marina square near Southport Marina starting at 6:30 p.m. Al Orion RestingHawk will lead the demo. [...]

KCOR hoping to help stop violence before police intervention

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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 [...]

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

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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 [...]

#OfInterest: An application, Pride news and an art walkthrough

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KENOSHA ⏤ This past week's news touched on various groups within the overall city, bringing news of the return of the Kenosha Pride festival. https://videopress.com/v/ta74sm1v?autoPlay=true&controls=false&loop=true&muted=true&persistVolume=false&preloadContent=metadata 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 [...]

#Mid-Week Rewind: An application, a city detective, a radio station

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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. https://videopress.com/v/BauuaDot?autoPlay=true&controls=false&loop=true&muted=true&persistVolume=false&preloadContent=metadata Therefore, below, please catch up on our stories that the community has been reading this week. Latest News Around Kenosha Support The Uptown Observer Make [...]

Chief Miskinis updates community on efforts to arrest August rioters

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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 [...]

Update: Person killed in Bristol crash identified as Milwaukee man

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KENOSHA COUNTY ⸺ Thursday morning, the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department identified the man killed in a crash in Bristol March 23 as Troy B. Martin of Milwaukee.  According to KCSD Sgt. David Wright, around 9:29 p.m. March 23, Martin drove his Toyota Camry eastbound near the 13900 block on Highway C when he. At that [...]

#SaturdayMorningMix: Two claims and a mask mandate extension

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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 [...]

#SaintsRadioSunday: Recent performances at Rustic Road

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KENOSHA ⏤ Tonight, instead of highlighting different venues, we'd like to highlight the different talent that has passed through just one: Rustic Road Brewing Co. From young to old, local musicians consistently make the venue a place to go to hear good live music. Check out some of the artists that have come through Rustic [...]