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Posted on: February 29, 2024

Highway Director Clement Abongwa to leave Kenosha County for position in Dane County

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Kenosha County Highway Director Clement Abongwa will depart his position this spring as he takes on a similar role in Dane County, Kenosha County Executive Samantha Kerkman announced today.

As Commissioner of the Dane County Department of Highway & Tra...

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County Executive News Releases
Posted on: February 15, 2024

Next Coffee and Cocoa with Kerkman is Feb. 17 at Kemper Center

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Kenosha County Executive Samantha Kerkman will host her next Coffee and Cocoa with Kerkman event from 10 to 11 a.m. this Saturday at Kemper Center, 6501 Third Ave. 

Residents are invited to this informal office hours event to meet with Kerkman and...

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County Executive News Releases
Posted on: January 2, 2024

‘Coffee and Cocoa with Kerkman’ event with Mayor Antaramian is Saturday, Jan. 6

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Kenosha County Executive Samantha Kerkman will hold her next Coffee and Cocoa with Kerkman event from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. this Saturday, Jan. 6, at the Kenosha Public Museum, 5500 First Ave., Kenosha.

Mayor John Antaramian is scheduled to join Kerkman at t...

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Posted on: December 27, 2023

Kerkman announces appointment of Michael Bastianelli as county’s Chief Information Officer

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Kenosha County Executive Samantha Kerkman today announced she is appointing Michael Bastianelli to serve as the county’s Chief Information Officer.

Bastianelli is a longtime manager in the county’s Division of Information Technology, ha...

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Posted on: December 19, 2023

Parks Director Matthew Collins appointed Public Works Director for Village of Whitefish Bay

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Kenosha County Parks Director Matthew Collins will depart his position effective Jan. 14 as he pursues a new opportunity as Public Works Director for the Village of Whitefish Bay, County Executive Samantha Kerkman announced today.

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Posted on: November 27, 2023

UPDATED: Kerkman to host inaugural county tree-lighting event on Dec. 2

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UPDATE: This event has been postponed until Saturday, Dec. 2, due to inclement weather.

Under a revised schedule, the Biergarten will open at 2 p.m., with the tree-lighting to occur at 4:30.

The original news release appears below.

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County Executive News Releases
Posted on: November 27, 2023

Coffee & Cocoa with Kerkman, carolers to be held Thursday at Brookside Care Center

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Kenosha County Executive Samantha Kerkman will host her first Coffee & Cocoa with Kerkman event of the season from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. this Thursday Nov. 30, at Brookside Care Center.

Coffee & Cocoa with Kerkman is an opportunity for people to meet ...

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County Executive News Releases
Posted on: November 15, 2023

Statement on the future of the Kenosha County Racial and Ethnic Equity Commission

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Kenosha County Executive Samantha Kerkman today released the following statement regarding the county’s Racial and Ethnic Equity Commission:

“The current state of the Racial and Ethnic Equity Commission does not align with or fulfill th...

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Posted on: November 10, 2023

Kerkman signs 2024 budget following unanimous County Board approval

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Kenosha County Executive Samantha Kerkman today signed the 2024 county budget into effect, following the County Board’s 22-0 vote to adopt it earlier this week.

“I join Chairman Gabe Nudo in thanking the board for its thoughtful conside...

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Posted on: November 1, 2023

Kenosha Joint Services, Kenosha County receive state grants to enhance 911 system

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State grants totaling more than $550,000 will fund significant upgrades to Kenosha Joint Services’ 911 system, local officials announced today.

These grants include a $450,000 award to Joint Services and a $106,000 allocation to the Kenosha County Division...

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Posted on: October 27, 2023

Kerkman statement on retirement of Judge Schroeder

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Kenosha County Executive Samantha Kerkman today released the following statement regarding the upcoming retirement of Judge Bruce E. Schroeder:

“During my time as a legislator, Judge Schroeder was always someone I respected and counted on to offe...

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Posted on: October 3, 2023

Kerkman presents 2024 budget with focus on public safety, fiscal responsibility

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Kenosha County Executive Samantha Kerkman presented her 2024 budget to the County Board this evening, emphasizing public safety and the county’s strong fiscal health.

Kerkman spoke of the county’s recently reaffirmed, top-tier AAA bond ...

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Posted on: September 27, 2023

Kenosha County, project partners break ground on Human Services Building relocation

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Construction work on Kenosha County’s Human Services Building project is now officially underway.

County Executive Samantha Kerkman joined other officials and project partners Sept. 26, at a groundbreaking ceremony for the long-awaited project.

The county, ...

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Posted on: September 20, 2023

Boundless Adventures to host Veterans Climb event Oct. 6

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Military veterans and their families will have the opportunity to climb for free Oct. 6 at the Boundless Adventures in Bristol Woods Park, Kenosha County Executive Samantha Kerkman and other event partners announced today.

The Veterans Climb is open to act...

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Posted on: September 19, 2023

Kenosha County Parks Fall Wheel Ride is Saturday, Sept. 23

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Kenosha County Executive Samantha Kerkman invites bicyclists of all ability levels to participate in the annual Fall Wheel Ride to Petrifying Springs Park on Saturday, Sept. 23.

This year’s organized ride will feature a new route, beginning at Ke...

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Posted on: September 8, 2023

Jim Wallace appointed, confirmed to lead Kenosha County Golf operation

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Jim Wallace is now in place as the Director of Kenosha County’s Division of Golf Operations, County Executive Samantha Kerkman announced today.

In that role, Wallace will oversee the operations of both of the county’s golf facilities: T...

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Posted on: September 6, 2023

Old Settlers Oktoberfest returns to Old Settlers Park on Sept. 9

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The 13th Annual Old Settlers Oktoberfest will be held noon to 8 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 9, at Kenosha County’s Old Settlers Park, 24100 75th St. 

The festivities will include authentic German food and beverages, live music, a classic car show, k...

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Posted on: August 30, 2023

County Executive Cup golf outing to benefit Junior Golf programs is Sept. 12

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Kenosha County Executive Samantha Kerkman is inviting golfers to join her at the 2023 County Executive Cup golf outing, a fundraiser for the county’s Junior Golf programs.

The 18-hole outing will be held Tuesday, Sept. 12, at Brighton Dale Links,...

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Posted on: August 24, 2023

Kenosha, McHenry County leaders pledge support for proposed trail link

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The governments of McHenry County, Illinois, and Kenosha County, Wisconsin, are working across the border to create a new bike and pedestrian trail to link them together.

Representatives from both counties came together in Wilmot today to formally kick off...

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Posted on: August 14, 2023

County government to offer information, resources at Kenosha County Fair

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Kenosha County government is again headed to the County Fair, County Executive Samantha Kerkman announced today.

Continuing a service that began last year, Kerkman and representatives of various county divisions will be available to meet with the public th...

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Posted on: August 11, 2023

Kenosha County retains top-tier AAA bond rating with S&P Global

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S&P Global Ratings recently reaffirmed Kenosha County’s AAA bond rating, County Executive Samantha Kerkman announced today.

AAA, which Kenosha County first received in 2021, is the highest rating possible and is a continued confirmation of the county’s...

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Posted on: August 10, 2023

Kerkman announces appointment of Interim Chief Information Officer

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County Executive Samantha Kerkman is appointing IT Services Manager Ben Taggart to serve as Kenosha County Interim Chief Information Officer following the resignation of Shawn Smith effective Aug. 18. 

“We thank Shawn for his service to ...

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Posted on: July 28, 2023

Kenosha County to mark National Night Out with events on Tuesday, Aug. 1

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Kenosha County is coordinating National Night Out events at five locations this coming Tuesday, Aug. 1, County Executive Samantha Kerkman announced today. 

All events will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. and will include free food, games, activities, pri...

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Posted on: July 10, 2023

Next Saturdays in the Park with Sam event is July 15 at Silver Lake Park Beach

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The next installment in Kenosha County Executive Samantha Kerkman’s Saturdays in the Park with Sam office hours series is this Saturday, July 15, at Silver Lake Park Beach.

The event will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. During this time, the normal beac...

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Posted on: July 7, 2023

County Human Services resources to be available at July 12 Movie Night at ELCA Outreach Center

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Kenosha County will offer Narcan training and information about other Human Services resources during a free Family Movie Night event on Wednesday, July 12, County Executive Samantha Kerkman announced today.

The event will begin at 7 p.m. at the ELCA Outre...

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Posted on: June 20, 2023

Kerkman statement on state shared revenue package

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Kenosha County Executive Samantha Kerkman released the following statement on the shared revenue bill that Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers signed into law today: 

“It was my privilege to be in Wausau today for Gov. Evers’ signing of ...

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Posted on: June 16, 2023

Kerkman announces appointment of Rebecca Dutter as Assistant Human Services Director

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Rebecca Dutter will serve as Kenosha County’s new Assistant Director of Human Services, County Executive Samantha Kerkman announced today.

An experienced leader in the county’s Department of Human Services, Dutter has served as Director...

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Posted on: June 7, 2023

2023 Saturdays in the Park with Sam series to begin June 10 at new Petrifying Springs playground

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Kenosha County Executive Samantha Kerkman is launching the second season of her Saturdays in the Park with Sam office hours events this Saturday, June 10, at Petrifying Springs Park.

The event, to be held from noon to 1 p.m., will include a ribbon cutting ...

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Posted on: June 1, 2023

Kenosha County Bike-to-Work Weeks are June 3-17

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Kenosha County and the City of Kenosha’s annual Bike-to-Work Weeks are returning this Saturday, June 3, through Saturday, June 17, County Executive Samantha Kerkman and Mayor John Antaramian announced today.

During Bike-to-Work Weeks, people are ...

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Posted on: May 26, 2023

Kenosha County Veterans Honor Portal debuts Veterans History section

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The Kenosha County Veterans Honor Portal now has a new section devoted to telling historical stories about veterans and related topics, County Executive Samantha Kerkman announced today.

Launched in October 2022, the Veterans Honor Portal is an online tool...

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Posted on: May 19, 2023

County to host veterans appreciation picnic on June 2

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County Executive Samantha Kerkman is inviting local veterans and their families to the inaugural Veterans Appreciation Summer Picnic, to be held at noon Friday, June 2, at the Kenosha County Veterans Memorial Park.

Admission is free, and lunch will be serv...

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Posted on: May 19, 2023

Kerkman statement on KABA President announcement

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Kenosha County Executive Samantha Kerkman today released the following statement on the Kenosha Area Business Alliance’s announcement of the hiring of Nicole Ryf as its new President:

“I had the opportunity to meet Nicole and found her ...

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Posted on: May 16, 2023

Kerkman’s State of the County address outlines year of successes, future plans

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Kenosha County Executive Samantha Kerkman delivered her State of the County address to the County Board Tuesday night, highlighting the accomplishments of the past year and previewing some of the work to come in the near future.

“A little more th...

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Posted on: April 27, 2023

Kerkman statement on state shared revenue proposal

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Kenosha County Executive Samantha Kerkman released the following statement on the shared revenue proposal that Assembly Republicans announced today:

“As the conversations in Madison continue, it appears we’re headed in the right directi...

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County Executive News Releases
Posted on: April 25, 2023

Drug Take Back Day events result in hundreds of pounds collected, at least one life saved

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Local efforts on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day helped to collect roughly 1,500 pounds of unused medications, organizers announced today.

Furthermore, county officials learned that Narcan that was distributed at one of Saturday’s two local events...

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Posted on: April 19, 2023

Local Drug Take Back Day events to be held Saturday in Kenosha, Bristol

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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day events will be held at two Kenosha County locations this Saturday, April 22, County Executive Samantha Kerkman and Sheriff David Zoerner announced today.

The events will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the newly r...

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Posted on: April 18, 2023

Kerkman looks back, ahead upon reaching one-year mark in office

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Kenosha County Executive Samantha Kerkman today marked her first anniversary in the County Executive’s Office.

“It’s been a pleasure to serve in this role over the last year, and I look forward to many productive years ahead,&...

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Posted on: April 10, 2023

Kerkman announces appointees to fill vacancies on Racial and Ethnic Equity Commission

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Kenosha County Executive Samantha Kerkman today announced her appointees for three vacant seats on the county’s Racial and Ethnic Equity Commission.

Alayna Arrington and Duane O’Keefe are Kerkman’s selections to serve terms to...

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Posted on: March 28, 2023

Study outlines path to attracting, retaining high-quality county workforce

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A study examining Kenosha County’s job classification and compensation schedule as it relates to the county’s ability to attract and retain employees was presented to the County Board tonight.

The report, assembled by Middleton-based Ca...

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Posted on: March 24, 2023

Brighton Dale Links and Petrifying Springs Golf Course to open for 2023 season

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Kenosha County’s Brighton Dale Links and Petrifying Springs Golf Course will open for the season on Monday, March 27, County Executive Samantha Kerkman announced today.

Regardless of weather conditions, the course clubhouses will be open for seas...

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Posted on: March 21, 2023

Racial and Ethnic Equity Commission application deadline extended

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The application deadline for people interested in filling vacant seats on Kenosha County’s Racial and Ethnic Equity Commission is now extended through this Friday, March 24, County Executive Samantha Kerkman announced today.

Three seats are curre...

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Posted on: March 10, 2023

New pact allows for Kenosha County mental health detentions at nearby Lake County facility

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Kenosha County Executive Samantha Kerkman today signed into effect an intergovernmental agreement that enables Kenosha County and its local law enforcement agencies to send involuntary mental health detentions to a nearby facility in Illinois.

This will al...

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Posted on: March 7, 2023

Applications, nominations sought for 2 seats on county’s Racial and Ethnic Equity Commission

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The Kenosha County Executive’s Office is now accepting applications and nominations of individuals to fill two vacant seats on the county’s Racial and Ethnic Equity Commission.

These appointments are to fill out a term that expires Dec....

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Posted on: March 3, 2023

Kerkman announces appointees to Racial and Ethnic Equity Commission

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Kenosha County Executive Samantha Kerkman today announced her appointees to fill two vacant seats on the county’s Racial and Ethnic Equity Commission.

A. Brian Gonzales and Xavier Solis will serve three-year terms on the commission, pending confi...

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Posted on: March 1, 2023

Kerkman appointed to National Association of Counties committee on public safety

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Kenosha County Executive Samantha Kerkman has been appointed to serve as a member of the National Association of Counties’ Justice and Public Safety Steering Committee, Kerkman announced today.

As a member of the committee, Kerkman will participa...

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Posted on: February 24, 2023

Kerkman statement on Feb. 22-23 ice storm response

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Kenosha County Executive Samantha Kerkman released the following statement today, regarding the ongoing response to this week’s ice storm:

“Thank you to everyone on our team at Kenosha County, to the municipal governments and fire departments, to the utili...

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Posted on: February 20, 2023

Kenosha County extends deadline to take internet speed test

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Kenosha County officials today announced the extension of the deadline for County residents and businesses to take a broadband speed test to help gather data on internet speeds across the county.

Kenosha County residents and businesses are encouraged to ta...

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Posted on: February 17, 2023

Kenosha, Racine county executives issue joint proclamation celebrating food bank partnership

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The county executives from Kenosha and Racine counties are hailing a recent decision by the Kenosha County Food Bank to officially co-locate its operations at the Racine County Food Bank’s headquarters.

Kenosha County Executive Samantha Kerkman and Racine ...

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Posted on: February 15, 2023

Next ‘Coffee and Cocoa with Kerkman’ event is Feb. 18

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Kenosha County Executive Samantha Kerkman will hold her next Coffee and Cocoa with Kerkman event from 2 to 3 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 18 at the Civil War Museum, 5400 First Ave., Kenosha.

This informal office hours event is an opportunity for residents to ...

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Posted on: February 6, 2023

Wisconsin insurance commissioner tours Kenosha County flood mitigation efforts

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Wisconsin Insurance Commissioner Nathan Houdek joined County Executive Samantha Kerkman and other local officials Monday on a tour of Kenosha County’s flood mitigation efforts. 

Houdek’s visit coincided with the start of Flood ...

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Posted on: February 1, 2023

Kerkman announces creation of Kenosha County Broadband Advisory Committee

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Kenosha County Executive Samantha Kerkman today announced the establishment of a committee tasked with enhancing efforts to improve access to broadband internet service throughout the county, particularly in areas that are now underserved by high-speed in...

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Posted on: January 25, 2023

Kerkman statement on governor’s State of the State address

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Kenosha County Executive Samantha Kerkman today released the following statement regarding the State of the State address that Gov. Tony Evers delivered to the Wisconsin Legislature Tuesday evening:

 “I appreciate Gov. Evers’ a...

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Posted on: January 23, 2023

Kenosha County Household Hazardous Waste Program 2023 Collection Event is May 20

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Kenosha County Executive Samantha Kerkman today is announcing this year’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event, which will be held on May 20.

“This FREE Kenosha County Household Hazardous Waste Program provides a great opportunity...

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Posted on: January 15, 2023

Next ‘Coffee and Cocoa with Kerkman’ event is Jan. 21

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Kenosha County Executive Samantha Kerkman will hold her next Coffee and Cocoa with Kerkman event from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21 at Pleasant Prairie Fire Station No. 1.

This informal office hours event is an opportunity for residents to share their co...

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Posted on: January 13, 2023

Kenosha County Parks apparel now available for purchase

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A new online store is available to help people display their support for Kenosha County Parks on the clothes they wear, County Executive Samantha Kerkman announced today.

The Kenosha County Parks store includes T-shirts, sweatshirts and fleece jackets in m...

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Posted on: December 19, 2022

Kerkman announces formation of Opioid Settlement Advisory Panel

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Kenosha County Executive Samantha Kerkman today announced the formation of a committee charged with developing recommendations for the use of opioid settlement funds that the county is receiving from pharmaceutical companies.

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Posted on: December 6, 2022

Municipal leaders issue call to action: Take online speed test

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Municipal leaders throughout Kenosha County are encouraging residents and business owners to take a brief online speed test to help secure investments for faster local internet service. The test is available through the end of the year and is available to...

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Posted on: December 2, 2022

Coalition announces multi-disciplinary response to targeted school violence prevention

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The School Threat Assessment Coalition of Kenosha held a press conference today to announce its work in establishing a systematic approach to violence prevention.

Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul joined local leaders in announcing a strategy that is in...

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Posted on: November 23, 2022

County Executive announces wintertime ‘Coffee and Cocoa with Kerkman’ office hours

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Kenosha County Executive Samantha Kerkman today announced an indoor, wintertime answer to the Saturdays in the Park with Sam office hours that she held in Kenosha County parks throughout the summer and fall.

Coffee and Cocoa with Kerkman events are schedul...

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Posted on: November 11, 2022

Kenosha County urges residents, businesses to take internet speed test

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Kenosha County officials are encouraging residents and business owners to take an online speed test to help gather data on internet speeds across the county. The test is available now through the end of the year for Kenosha County residents at www.kenosha...

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Posted on: November 7, 2022

Park roads dedicated for former Rep. Cloyd Porter, Karow family

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The two roads that lead into the Kenosha County Veterans Memorial Park are no longer nameless. 

A ceremony was held Monday to dedicate the Highway KD entrance into the park as Porter Parkway, in honor of former state Rep. Cloyd Porter. 

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Posted on: November 3, 2022

County Executive's statement on County Board adoption of 2023 budget

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Kenosha County Executive Samantha Kerkman released the following statement after the County Board’s Wednesday night vote to adopt the 2023 county budget:

“I appreciate the County Board’s support and collaboration on a budget t...

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Posted on: November 3, 2022

Kenosha County buildings to display green lights in honor of veterans during week of Nov. 7

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Kenosha County government buildings will be illuminated in green during the evening hours throughout the week of Nov. 7, as part of a national campaign to show support for veterans.

The county is participating in Operation Green Light for Veterans, an effo...

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Posted on: October 17, 2022

Applications, nominations sought for 2 seats on county’s Racial and Ethnic Equity Commission

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The Kenosha County Executive’s Office is now accepting applications and nominations of individuals to fill two seats on the county’s Racial and Ethnic Equity Commission, County Executive Samantha Kerkman announced today.

These appointme...

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Posted on: October 14, 2022

Kenosha County Veterans Honor Portal a one-stop shop for information, resources

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County Executive Samantha Kerkman recently announced the launch of the Kenosha County Veterans Honor Portal, an online tool that provides easy access to an array of information of interest to veterans and others in the community.

“We set out to c...

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Posted on: October 10, 2022

Next Saturdays in the Park with Sam is Oct. 15 at Bristol Woods Park

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Kenosha County Executive Samantha Kerkman will host her next Saturdays in the Park with Sam event this Saturday, Oct. 15, at Bristol Woods Park.

Saturdays in the Park with Sam is an opportunity for residents to share ideas and comments with the county exec...

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Posted on: October 4, 2022

Kerkman emphasizes partnerships in 2023 budget address

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Kenosha County Executive Samantha Kerkman presented her 2023 budget proposal to the County Board on Tuesday, stressing the importance of partnerships and fiscal responsibility.

Specifically, Kerkman noted partnerships that she and the county have worked to...

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Posted on: September 30, 2022

Petrifying Springs Park and Biergarten to host Flannel Fest, Jockey Undie Run on Oct. 8

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Calling all local lumberjacks, and those who merely wish to be like Paul Bunyan: Flannel Fest is returning to Kenosha County’s Petrifying Springs Park on Saturday, Oct. 8.

This day of festivities sponsored by Jockey International Inc. and hosted ...

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Posted on: September 28, 2022

Habush Habush & Rottier donates $100,000 for restoration of Kenosha County's Ceremonial Courtroom

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Habush Habush & Rottier, has pledged $100,000 toward the restoration of the historic Ceremonial Courtroom in the Kenosha County Courthouse, the firm announced today.

“Our firm has represented Kenosha County residents since our founding in 193...

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Posted on: September 19, 2022

Next Saturdays in the Park with Sam is Sept. 24 at Petrifying Springs Park

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Kenosha County Executive Samantha Kerkman will host her next Saturdays in the Park with Sam event this Saturday, Sept. 24, at Petrifying Springs Park.

Saturdays in the Park with Sam is an opportunity for residents to share ideas and comments with the count...

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Posted on: September 13, 2022

Oktoberfest returns to Petrifying Springs Biergarten this Friday-Sunday, Sept. 16-18

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Petrifying Springs Biergarten, in partnership with Kenosha County Parks, will celebrate Oktoberfest this Friday through Sunday, Sept. 16-18.

The weekend of festivities will include live music, authentic German food and beer, food trucks from area vendors, ...

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Posted on: September 8, 2022

Brighton Dale Links to mark 50th birthday with Oct. 5 outing

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Kenosha County’s Brighton Dale Links golf course is celebrating its 50th year in 2022 with a special outing next month, County Executive Samantha Kerkman announced today.

The outing will be held Wednesday, Oct. 5, beginning with a noon shotgun start.

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Posted on: September 8, 2022

12th Annual Oktoberfest celebration returns to Old Settlers Park on Sept. 10

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The 12th Annual Old Settlers Oktoberfest will be held noon to 8 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 10, at Old Settlers Park, 24100 75th St., in Paddock Lake.

The festivities will include authentic German food and beverages, live music and dancing, a classic car sho...

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Posted on: September 1, 2022

Kenosha, Racine County executives partner on Overdose Awareness Day event

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Kenosha County Executive Samantha Kerkman and Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave joined together Wednesday, Aug. 30, on International Overdose Awareness Day to highlight the tragic impact that opioids have had on both counties, as well as the acti...

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Posted on: August 25, 2022

Picnic in the Park at Petrifying Springs Park rescheduled for Saturday, Aug. 27

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Kenosha County Parks has rescheduled its annual Picnic in the Park celebration for this Saturday, Aug. 27 at Petrifying Springs Park, County Executive Samantha Kerkman announced.

The event, which was to have been held Aug. 20, was postponed due to a threat...

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Posted on: August 15, 2022

Kenosha County government to offer services, executive office hours at County Fair

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Kenosha County government is going on the road to the County Fair, County Executive Samantha Kerkman announced today.

Kerkman, along with representatives of various county divisions, will be available to meet with the public during office hours throughout ...

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Posted on: August 15, 2022

Picnic in the Park returns to Petrifying Springs Park Saturday, Aug. 20

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Kenosha County Parks will host its annual Picnic in the Park celebration this Saturday, Aug. 20 at Petrifying Springs Park, County Executive Samantha Kerkman announced.

The day will be filled with family-friendly activities including live music, interactiv...

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Posted on: August 12, 2022

Kenosha County maintains Triple A bond rating

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Kenosha County has maintained the highest bond rating achievable from Standard & Poors (S&P) for a second consecutive year, County Executive Samantha Kerkman announced today. 

“Maintaining our fiscal health has been a priority fo...

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Posted on: August 10, 2022

Kenosha County’s Summer Youth Employment Program marks another season of success

County Executive Samantha Kerkman talks with Summer Youth Employment Program participants

Some put their paychecks in the bank to save up for necessary life expenses as they become adults. Others help their families to get by. And, of course, some like to use their hard-earned money to treat themselves a bit.

No matter how they approach it, par...

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Posted on: July 29, 2022

Kenosha County to mark National Night Out with events on Tuesday, Aug. 2

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National Night Out will be celebrated at four Kenosha locations 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022, County Executive Samantha Kerkman announced today.

The locations are:

  • The Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha, 1330 52nd St.
  • St. Paul’s Lutheran Chur...
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Posted on: July 21, 2022

Joint statement on water safety in the City and County of Kenosha

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Following the second drowning of a child in Kenosha County in a week, County Executive Samantha Kerkman and Mayor John Antaramian are joining together in reminding the community to be alert and exercise caution while swimming — no matter where t...

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Posted on: July 15, 2022

Statement from Kenosha County Executive Samantha Kerkman

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Kenosha County Executive Samantha Kerkman today released the following statement upon her signing of an amendment to 2011 Resolution 63, allowing for the lawful carrying of concealed weapons in some county facilities and properties:

“The measure ...

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Posted on: July 5, 2022

Shelly Billingsley appointed as Kenosha County Public Works Director

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Kenosha County Executive Samantha Kerkman today announced she is appointing Shelly Billingsley to fill the now-vacant position of county Public Works director.

Billingsley will succeed Ray Arbet, who retired July 1. She will begin serving in the position i...

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Posted on: July 1, 2022

Next Saturdays in the Park with Sam is July 9; new ‘How To’ website tool announced

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Kenosha County Executive Samantha Kerkman’s next Saturdays in the Park with Sam office hours will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. July 9 at the Kenosha County Veterans Memorial Park.

Kerkman will be available during that time to talk with constituents...

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Posted on: June 27, 2022

Sgt. Christopher Hannah appointed to serve as Kenosha County Emergency Management director

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Kenosha County Sheriff’s Sgt. Christopher Hannah is being recommended to serve as the county’s Director of Emergency Management, County Executive Samantha Kerkman and Sheriff David Beth announced today.

Under an executive order signed t...

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Posted on: June 17, 2022

County Executive Kerkman to host monthly office hours in county parks

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Kenosha County Executive Samantha Kerkman is hosting a new series of informal office hours to be held in county parks.

Saturdays in the Park with Sam is an opportunity for residents to share ideas and comments with the county executive. Information about c...

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Posted on: June 8, 2022

Brookside Care Center, Willowbrook Assisted Living offering employment incentives

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Kenosha County is now offering increased wages and employee referral bonuses in an effort to fill vacant positions at Brookside Care Center and Willowbrook Assisted Living, County Executive Samantha Kerkman announced today.

Under a plan studied over recent...

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Posted on: June 3, 2022

Blue Ribbon Committee seeking private support for historic Ceremonial Courtroom restoration

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A Blue Ribbon Committee of community leaders is now actively working to raise private donations for a proposed restoration of the historic Ceremonial Courtroom in the Kenosha County Courthouse, County Executive Samantha Kerkman announced today.

The committ...

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Posted on: May 27, 2022

Kenosha County Communications Manager Joe Potente receives Excellence Award

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Kenosha County Communications Manager Joe Potente was recently recognized for Excellence in Public Health Media by the Wisconsin Public Health Association for providing up-to-date, critical information during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Potente accepted the awa...

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Posted on: May 20, 2022

UPDATED LOCATION: Public invited to Inauguration Ceremony for County Executive Kerkman

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Kenosha County Executive Samantha Kerkman invites the public to join her at a swearing-in ceremony at 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, at the Twin Lakes Village Hall Community Center.

PLEASE NOTE: The location has been changed from the Kenosha County Veterans Mem...

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Posted on: May 4, 2022

Kenosha County Public Works Director Ray Arbet to retire

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Kenosha County Public Works Director Ray Arbet will retire effective July 1, Arbet and County Executive Samantha Kerkman announced today.

Arbet, who has served on and off in county government since 1982, said he made his decision to retire prior to former ...

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Posted on: April 19, 2022

Samantha Kerkman takes oath of office as Kenosha County Executive

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Samantha Kerkman took the oath of office as Kenosha County Executive early Monday evening.

With that, Kerkman became Kenosha County’s fifth elected executive since the office was established 40 years ago, and the first woman to hold the post.

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Posted on: April 13, 2022

County, City of Kenosha adopt agreement on Health Department funding, road transfers, other issues

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The City and County of Kenosha have adopted a wide-ranging intergovernmental agreement that will be of long-term benefit of both units of government, County Executive Jim Kreuser and Mayor John Antaramian announced today. 

The pact, negotiated ove...

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Posted on: April 6, 2022

Kreuser’s final State of the County celebrates county’s accomplishments, looks toward future

County Executive Jim Kreuser delivers his 2022 State of the County address

Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser delivered his final State of the County address to the County Board tonight, providing an overview of the county’s accomplishments during his nearly 14 years in office.

While looking back, Kreuser also called ...

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Posted on: March 30, 2022

Kenosha County, U.S. Army Corps sign off on Pike River South Branch project partnership

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Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser and others gathered today to mark the signing of a landmark agreement that will enable a transformative ecological restoration project.

The agreement formalizes a partnership between the Army Corps and Kenosha County, a...

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Posted on: March 25, 2022

Kenosha County unveils new apps showcasing parks, bicycling amenities

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Two new web applications showcasing Kenosha County’s park and bike amenities are now available for the public’s use, County Executive Jim Kreuser announced today.

The Kenosha County Parks app may be accessed at kenoshacounty.org/parksap...

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Posted on: March 14, 2022

Brighton Dale Links. Petrifying Springs Golf Course to open for 2022 season

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Kenosha County’s Brighton Dale Links and Petrifying Springs Golf Course will open for play, weather permitting, on Wednesday, March 16, County Executive Jim Kreuser announced today.

“If you’re looking for another sign of spring, here it i...

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Posted on: March 3, 2022

Gov. Evers announces major grant awards for Kenosha County Human Services relocation, KIN project

Kenosha County officials receive a large check from Gov. Evers

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers today appeared in Kenosha to announce Neighborhood Investment Fund grants that will support two major projects in Kenosha County.

$9.85 million was awarded to Kenosha County to support the relocation of its Human Services function...

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