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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 and share...

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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 31, 2022

Kenosha County Bike-to-Work Weeks are June 4-18

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Kenosha County and the City of Kenosha’s annual Bike-to-Work Weeks are returning June 4-18, County Executive Samantha Kerkman and Mayor John Antaramian announced today.

As in other recent years, the festivities will be bookended by two community ...

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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 https://www.kenoshacounty.org/parksapp.&n...

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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

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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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Posted on: February 1, 2022

Kenosha County Household Hazardous Waste Program 2022 Collection Event is May 7

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Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser today is announcing this year’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event, which will be held on May 7. 

“The Kenosha County Household Hazardous Waste Program is a FREE program and a great ...

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Posted on: December 14, 2021

Kenosha County Tree Program now taking orders for spring 2022

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Kenosha County’s annual tree and shrub program is now taking online orders for seedlings to be picked up in spring 2022.

Items may be purchased through an online store that is simple to use and includes full-color images and descriptions of the t...

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Posted on: November 5, 2021

Kenosha County celebrates completion of Highway S expansion

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County Executive Jim Kreuser joined other local, county and state officials today in celebrating the completion of the largest county trunk highway project in Kenosha County’s history.

The Highway S expansion project, now substantially complete, ...

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Posted on: October 22, 2021

Kenosha County cuts ribbon on newly rebuilt Highway H in Pleasant Prairie

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Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser and others cut the ribbon today on a recently revamped section of Highway H in Pleasant Prairie.

The nearly-mile-long reconstruction of Highway H (88th Avenue) between 93rd Place and Bain Station Road included the addit...

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Posted on: October 11, 2021

Ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate completion of Pike River Phase II Restoration Project

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The completion of the Pike River Phase II restoration project in Kenosha County’s Petrifying Springs Park will be celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony this Friday, Oct. 15, County Executive Jim Kreuser announced today.

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Posted on: October 6, 2021

Ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark completion of new amenities at Kenosha County Veterans Memorial Park

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Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser invites the community to celebrate the completion of new amenities at Kenosha County Veterans Memorial Park during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon Tuesday, Oct. 12.

Attendees are invited to attend and listen to remark...

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Posted on: October 5, 2021

Kreuser proposes 2022 budget aimed at continuation of Kenosha County’s AAA success

County Executive Jim Kreuser presents his 2022 county budget proposal

Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser presented his 2022 budget proposal to the County Board on Tuesday, celebrating the county’s recent upgrade to top-tier AAA bond status while laying a path to continue this success.

The proposed budget for next...

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Posted on: September 22, 2021

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

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Providing at-risk youth with a productive way to spend their time today, while teaching valuable work skills for the future.

That has been the mission of Kenosha County’s Summer Youth Employment Program since its inception in 2009, and this summe...

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Posted on: September 20, 2021

Kenosha County to host Fall Wheel Ride on Saturday, Sept. 25

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Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser invites bike riders of all ability levels to participate in the annual Fall Wheel Ride to Petrifying Springs Park from 9 a.m. to noon this Saturday, Sept. 25.

“Fall is a beautiful time of the year in Kenosha C...

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Posted on: September 16, 2021

County Board confirms Racial and Ethnic Equity Commission appointees

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The Kenosha County Board voted Wednesday, Sept. 15, to confirm the nine individuals appointed to serve on the county's newly formed Racial and Ethnic Equity Commission.

The commission's mission is to realize greater racial and ethnic equi...

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Posted on: September 3, 2021

10th Annual Oktoberfest celebration returns to Old Settlers Park on Sept. 11

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The 10th Annual Old Settlers Oktoberfest will be held noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, at Old Settlers Park, 24100 75th St., in Paddock Lake.

The festivities will include authentic German food and beverages, live music and danc...

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Posted on: September 1, 2021

Kenosha County Suffrage Celebration rescheduled for Sept. 8

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Kenosha County’s celebration of 101 years of the women’s right to vote, delayed by inclement weather last month, is now rescheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 8.

The festivities will run from 7 to 9 p.m. on the lawn outside the Anderson Arts ...

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Posted on: August 17, 2021

Picnic in the Park returns to Petrifying Springs Park this Saturday, Aug. 21

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Kenosha County Parks will host its annual Picnic in the Park celebration this Saturday, Aug. 21, at Petrifying Springs Park.

The day will be filled with family-friendly activities including live music, interactive kids' activities, food trucks, fireworks, ...

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Posted on: August 12, 2021

Kenosha County’s bond rating achieves highest level

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Kenosha County has received a bond rating upgrade to Triple A (AAA), the highest possible, from Standard & Poor's, County Executive Jim Kreuser announced today.

“A Triple A bond rating was a goal for me since I took office in June of...

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Posted on: August 11, 2021

Kreuser announces appointments to Kenosha County’s new Racial and Ethnic Equity Commission

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Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser today announced the seven applicants he is recommending to serve on the county’s new Racial and Ethnic Equity Commission.

Kreuser interviewed and selected these individuals from a field of 35 individuals who a...

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Posted on: August 5, 2021

UPDATED: Kenosha County Suffrage Celebration postponed due to weather

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*UPDATE: This event has been postponed due to inclement weather. It will be rescheduled for a date to be announced.

Kenosha County invites the public to celebrate 101 years of the women’s right to vote at a special event on the evening of Tuesday...

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Posted on: July 16, 2021

Kenosha Pops Concert Band to feature salute to women’s suffrage

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The Kenosha County Suffrage 100 Committee and the Kenosha Pops Concert Band are collaborating on a celebration of the centennial of the women’s right to vote, to be featured at the band’s Wednesday, July 21 concert.

The event will begin...

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Posted on: June 21, 2021

Jeffris Family Foundation awards challenge grant to support Ceremonial Courtroom restoration

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The Jeffris Family Foundation will provide a $675,000 challenge grant to help fund the restoration of the Ceremonial Courtroom in the Kenosha County Courthouse, provided additional funds can be raised locally, County Executive Jim Kreuser announced today....

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Posted on: June 1, 2021

Rainbow Pride flag to fly outside Kenosha County Courthouse throughout month of June

The Rainbow Pride flag flies in front of the Kenosha County Courthouse

County Executive Jim Kreuser today ordered that the Rainbow Pride flag will be displayed among the other flags in front of the Kenosha County Courthouse throughout the month of June, LGBTQA+ Pride Month.

“Kenosha County recognizes and honors the ...

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Posted on: May 28, 2021

2021 Bike-to-Work Weeks begin with June 5 Bike Rodeo

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Kenosha County and the City of Kenosha’s annual Bike-to-Work Weeks will kick off with a Bike Rodeo event for families on Saturday, June 5, County Executive Jim Kreuser and Mayor John Antaramian announced today.

During Bike-to-Work Weeks, June 5-1...

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Posted on: May 22, 2021

Applications, nominations sought for new Kenosha County Racial and Ethnic Equity Commission

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A process is now in place for community members to submit applications or nominations for appointments to the new Kenosha County Racial and Ethnic Equity Commission, County Executive Jim Kreuser announced today. 

The commission, created by the Cou...

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Posted on: May 18, 2021

County Board approves resolution creating Kenosha County Racial and Ethnic Equity Commission

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The establishment of Kenosha County’s Racial and Ethnic Equity Commission will move forward after the County Board’s approval Tuesday night of a resolution outlining the group’s structure and responsibilities.

As stated in the...

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Posted on: May 7, 2021

Kenosha County Administration Building to reopen to the public

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The Kenosha County Administration Building will reopen to the public on Monday, May 10, County Executive Jim Kreuser announced today.

The facility has been closed to the public since late August, when its front doors and windows were damaged during the ci...

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Posted on: April 28, 2021

Dr. Rita Ventura honored as 2021 Connie Reyes Award winner

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A driving force behind the Kenosha County Child Advocacy Center since its inception is the recipient of the 2021 Connie Reyes Award for Excellence in Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention.

Dr. Rita Ventura received the honors during a celebration held virtual...

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Posted on: April 20, 2021

Kreuser hails county employees’ efforts in 2021 State of the County address

County Executive Jim Kreuser delivers his 2021 State of the County address

Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser delivered his 2021 State of the County Address to the County Board Tuesday evening, highlighting the remarkable work of the county’s staff amid the challenges of the past year.

“Even after a year-plu...

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Posted on: March 19, 2021

Kenosha County Household Hazardous Waste Program 2021 Collection Event is May 1

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Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser today is announcing this year’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program, which will hold its Collection Event May 1. 

“The Kenosha County Household Hazardous Waste Program is a FREE pro...

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Posted on: March 17, 2021

Kenosha County golf courses to open for 2021 season

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Kenosha County’s Brighton Dale Links and Petrifying Springs Golf Course will open for play, weather permitting, on Friday, March 19, County Executive Jim Kreuser announced today.

“It’s seemed like a long winter, but spring is ...

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Posted on: March 7, 2021

County Executive Kreuser to retire at end of current term

Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser

Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser issued the following statement on Sunday, March 7, 2021:

“For nearly 35 years, it has been my honor to work in service to our community. My career began in Kenosha County government, led me to represent this area in the...

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Posted on: December 22, 2020

Kenosha County Tree Program now taking orders for spring 2021

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Kenosha County’s annual tree and shrub program is now taking online orders for seedlings to be picked up in spring 2021.

Items may be purchased through an online store that is simple to use and includes full-color images and descriptions of the t...

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Posted on: October 6, 2020

Kreuser budget plan lays groundwork for positive change, brighter future for Kenosha County

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Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser presented his 2021 budget proposal to the County Board on Tuesday, emphasizing the positive change to come after what has been a difficult year for the community. 

Included in the proposal are measures to promo...

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Posted on: October 5, 2020

Kenosha County debuts new online data portal and updated mapping applications

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Kenosha County is pleased to announce a new data portal and updated mapping applications now available at: https://dataportal.kenoshacounty.org or by clicking the “Maps” link on the Kenosha County homepage, at https://www.kenoshacounty.org.

This easy-to-us...

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