Spring Election 2020: It’s Election Day!

It’s Spring Election Day Tuesday.

Yes it really is.

On the ballot will be county board seats as well as local municipal and school board races. There also will be a statewide Supreme Court justice race.

It’s been a hectic few days regarding the fate of this election, but here’s a summary of the latest from county Clerk Regi Bachochin:

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Here’s a list of polling places.

In order to be counted, absentee ballots will need to be delivered or postmarked Tuesday.

Local clerks are taking actions to help ensure a safe voting experience.

Here’s a Facebook post from the village of Twin Lakes:

Here again is a video from the village of Salem Lakes about percautions that will be taken there:

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Kenosha County COVID-19 cases update April 6, 2020: 108 positive

The Kenosha County Division of Health is reporting 108 positive COVID-19 test results in Kenosha County as of Monday evening. That’s 10 more positive than Sunday.

There has been 1 COVID-19 death in Kenosha County

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is reporting 2,440 positive tests statewide with 77 deaths as of Sunday. That’s 9 additional deaths since Sunday.

The Kenosha County Division of Health announced Kenosha County’s first case of COVID-19 coronavirus on March 16.

In Lake County, Ill., where many people from Kenosha County work, there are 819 cases as of Monday, the Lake County Health Department reports.

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Deaths April 6, 2020: Joseph Frank August

This post sponsored by Westosha Floral.

The following deaths of local residents and those with local connections are being reported by funeral homes today. Click on name to see obituary/service information:

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US Supreme Court ruling means absentee ballots due to be delivered or postmarked by Tuesday

The US Supreme Court has ruled against an extension of when absentee ballots in Wisconsin’s spring election can be received.

The court ruled that all absentee ballots have to be delivered or postmarked by April 7.

More details here from madison365.

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Kenosha County Health Officer: Wear cloth face coverings in public

Kenosha County Health Officer Dr. Jen Freiheit has joined the health officials recommending that people wear a cloth face covering when in public as a way to slow the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus.

From a Kenosha County Division of Health news release issued Monday:

Kenosha County Health Officer Dr. Jen Freiheit is encouraging the public to follow a recent federal recommendation, urging people to wear a cloth face covering in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory suggests that cloth face coverings be worn in places like grocery stores and pharmacies, especially in areas of significant, community- based transmission of COVID-19.

Kenosha County is a place where significant, community-based transmission has occurred since our very first case, Freiheit said. The recommendation from the CDC is aimed at preventing spread of the virus by people who may be carrying it but are not showing symptoms.

“Wearing a cloth face covering when you go out for essential errands is yet another tool we can deploy to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community, although self-quarantine, social distancing, and hand washing are still our best tools,” Freiheit said. “It is important that these
masks be worn to cover both the nose and mouth.”

Homemade masks are not intended to protect the wearer per se, but to protect against the unintended transmission of asymptomatic persons. The CDC recommends that these cloth face coverings be homemade masks, not surgical masks or N-95 respirators, which are critical supplies that should continue to be reserved for health care workers and first responders. The CDC has more information about this recommendation – including instructions to make your own masks at home – at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-
sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html
.

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Wilmot UHS community to Be the Light Tuesday

From the Wilmot Union High School Facebook page:

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A word from our sponsors: Village of Twin Lakes seeking recycling center attendant

Note: This is a paid announcement from the village of Twin Lakes. — DH

The Village of Twin Lakes is hiring a seasonal position to work at the Twin Lakes Yard Waste Recycling Center to ensure compliance in yard waste collection efforts.

The Recycling Center Attendant is responsible for the following:

  • Overseeing yard waste collection activities to ensure compliance with Village code.
  • Opening and closing Recycling Center.
  • Collecting data regarding yard waste collection activities.
  • Other duties at Recycling Center as assigned.

The Recycling Center Attendant will have extensive contact with the public and must have excellent customer service skills. Employees must be punctual and work well independently.

The Recycling Center will be open and monitored 15 hours per week starting April 1 and ending November 1. The Recycling Center is open Wednesday 10am to 2pm, Saturday 7am to noon, and Sunday 7am to noon. Schedules will be coordinated with selected employees; however employees must be able to work most weekends.

Applicants must be at least 17 years of age. Seniors are welcome to apply. Recycling Center Attendant will earn $10/hour.

Applications are due by 5pm on Friday, April 10, 2020.

Applications are available online at www.villageoftwinlakes.net/employment-opportunities or at Village Hall, 108 E Main Street, Twin Lakes.

The Village of Twin Lakes is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Wisconsin Supreme Court reverses Evers order on election; in-person voting back on for April 7

UPDATE — The Wisconsin Supreme Court has reversed Gov. Evers action and in-person voting is back on for Tuesday.

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers had postponed in-person voting for the spring election set to take place Tuesday.

The governor took the action via executive order.

In a televised press conference, Evers justified the action by citing concerns about holding in-person voting during a period in which a safe at home order is in effect to help slow the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus.

“I have an obligation to keep people safe,’ Evers said.

Republican legislative leaders appealed the decision to the state Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court voted 4-2 to overturn the executive order, with Justice Daniel Kelly, who is on the ballot, not voting.

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Western Kenosha County Transit shifts to door-to-door service only

The following announcement regarding a change in service is from Western Kenosha County Transit:

Effective Monday, April 6, Western Kenosha County Transit, a public bus service, will shift to door-to-door service only. Current fixed routes will be temporarily suspended to adhere to Gov. Tony Evers’ Safer-at-Home order.

Residents west of I-94 may utilize the door-to-door service for any essential trips. The fare is $2 one way.

Riders may call to schedule a ride at 1-888-203-3498. Passengers are encouraged to call one day in advance, but same day trips may be accepted based on availability.

For assistance with transportation needs, call Lauren Coffman, Mobility Manger for Kenosha County and the City of Kenosha, at 262-605-6615.

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Kenosha County COVID-19 cases update April 5, 2020: 98 positive

The Kenosha County Division of Health is reporting 98 positive COVID-19 test results in Kenosha County as of Sunday afternoon. That’s 1 more positive than Saturday.

There has been 1 COVID-19 death in Kenosha County

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is reporting 2,267 positive tests statewide with 68 deaths as of Sunday. That’s 12 additional deaths since Saturday.

The Kenosha County Division of Health announced Kenosha County’s first case of COVID-19 coronavirus on March 16.

In Lake County, Ill., where many people from Kenosha County work, there are 756 cases as of Sunday, the Lake County Health Department reports

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Units responding for burning in Trevor

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 4:07 p.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue units are responding to a report of burning in the 10300 block of 268th Avenue in Trevor.

UPDATE 4:15 p.m. — Campfire. All units clearing the scene and returning to quarters.

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Units responding for burning in Paris

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 1:41 p.m., Paris Fire and Rescue units and a sheriff’s deputy are responding for a report of burning in the 5000 block of 172nd Avenue in Paris.

Per dispatch: Caller reports a fire in the ditch line.

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A word from our sponsors: Hartnell Chevrolet open as governor designated essential business

Note: This is a paid announcement from Hartnell Chevrolet. — DH

Hartnell Chevrolet is stepping up!

Governor Evers has asked us to stay open as an essential business. Hartnell is open for warranty service, repairs and maintenance along with
new and used vehicle sales.

We have made some changes today to take care of our staff and you our customers. We have added a no-contact service drop off / pick up
option.

Your safety is our priority. We are here if you need us.

Kevin Ryczek and the Hartnell Family

New Steps we’ve Taken:

  1. No contact check-in
    a. Call or schedule online
    i. Call 262-843-2361 (ask for Dom or Bob)
    ii. Schedule online @
    https://www.hartnellchevrolet.com/ServiceApptForm
    b. Drop off 24/7 and use our outside drop box and envelope system
    c. Pay via phone before pick up
    d. Quick pick up your keys and take your complete and sanitized vehicle.
  2. Service inspection video. Upon request we will send you a video or picture of
    Your vehicle in the eyes of our technician. ** ask your advisor for details.

Steps we’ve taken:

  1. VIP service for first responders, hospital staff (ie nurses, doctors and
    support staff). Same day service scheduling, free loaner vehicles, pick up
    and drop off service along with a 10% discount on repairs.
  2. We have reduced staff in store hours for their safety. Some are working
    from home and some are splitting shifts to handle your needs.
    a. New temporary hours. M-F 8am-6pm Sat 8-1pm
    b. Sales appointment hours beyond those hours if needed.
  3. VIP service for first responders, hospital staff (ie nurses, doctors and
    support staff)
  4. Intensified sanitation routine and precautions
  5. Social distancing
  6. Free Pick-up and Delivery Service
  7. Online Scheduling (via our website www.hartnellchevy.com)
  8. Online Shopping 24/7 (More pictures, personalized vehicle videos)
  9. Home test drive. Yes, we will come to you with your vehicle choice to
    test it before you buy it.
  10. Home delivery. We will bring your detailed car and documents to
    your home or business for your comfort and convenience.

www.hartnellchevy.com (262)-843-2361

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Work on Highway 45 resurfacing project to begin this week

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation will get underway with the resurfacing of Highway 45 between Highway 50 and Highway 11.

Work on the temporary signals at Highways 45 and 50 will begin the week of April 6.

The project will include resurfacing of the roadway in addition to multiple culverts being replaced within the project limits. Traffic will be detoured around the construction zone. Other components of the project include:

  • New shoulders will be paved a minimum of 5 feet wide.
  • Traffic signals at the intersection of Highways 45 and 50 will be replaced.
  • An additional turning lane will be added for northbound Highway 45 to Highway 50.
  • A bypass lane and right turn lane will be added at the intersections of County NN (45th Street) and County N (38th Street)

The project is expected to be complete in late summer.

All work is subject to change and is weather dependent. For additional information about the project visit: https://projects.511wi.gov/45kenosha/

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Units responding for fire in Brighton

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 9:33 p.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue units and a sheriff’s deputy are responding for a report of a fire in the 28300 block of 41st Street in Brighton.

Per dispatch: Caller reports three small fires in the ditch line. A tree also is on fire.

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Kenosha County reports first COVID-19 death

Kenosha County has had its first reported death from COVID-19.

Kenosha County Medical Examiner Patrice Hall said in a news release that the deceased individual is an 85- year-old male city of Kenosha resident who had multiple underlying health issues. The patient, who died in a local hospital, is not being identified to protect the privacy of his family.

Here is the whole news release:

Kenosha County officials regret to announce today that the first Kenosha County resident has died from complications of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Kenosha County Medical Examiner Patrice Hall said the deceased individual is an 85- year-old male City of Kenosha resident who had multiple underlying health issues. The patient, who died in a local hospital, is not being identified to protect the privacy of his family.

“We are saddened to have lost one of our residents,” said Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser. “Please take the Safer-at-Home order seriously and avoid going out as much as possible.”

Kreuser encouraged people to keep abreast of the latest on the virus via a new Kenosha County COVID-19 Information Hub on the county website, at
www.kenoshacounty.org/covid-19. The site includes links to resources, answers to frequently asked questions, and frequently updated statistics.
Kenosha County Health Officer Dr. Jen Freiheit said it is important to remember the power of social distancing as a tool to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and to help protect the county’s most vulnerable and high-risk residents.

“Our hearts go out to the family of our first fatality caused by COVID-19,” Freiheit said. “Kenosha County will continue to direct its efforts and resources to fight this virus in every way possible.”

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Kenosha County COVID-19 cases update April 4, 2020: 97 positive

Note: The total for Kenosha County has been updated from an earlier version due to new data — DH

The Kenosha County Division of Health is reporting 97 positive COVID-19 test results in Kenosha County as of Saturday afternoon. That’s 7 more positives than Friday.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is reporting 2,112 positive tests statewide with 56 deaths as of Saturday. That’s 19 additional deaths since Friday.

The Kenosha County Division of Health announced Kenosha County’s first case of COVID-19 coronavirus on March 16.

In Lake County, Ill., where many people from Kenosha County work, there are 689 cases as of Saturday, the Lake County Health Department reports.

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Kenosha County COVID-19 Q&A, April 4, 2020

The Kenosha County Joint Information Center is continuing to provide answers to the community’s most frequently asked questions about COVID-19.

Here is the session in video form, followed by a written synopsis:

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Spring Election 2020: Twin Lakes trustee candidates info

Voters in Twin Lakes will be able to vote in a contested race for village trustee on April 7 (or earlier with absentee voting).

There are three at-large seats open. Four candidates will be on the ballot.

Due to logistical problems we encountered, instead of our usual questionnaire, we are presenting biographies of each candidate prepared by the Twin Lakes Chamber and Business Association.

Here in alphabetical order is the biographical information:

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Units responding for crash in Bristol

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 6:29 p.m., Bristol Fire and Rescue units are responding to a crash in the 14800 block of Highway C in Bristol.

Per dispatch: Single vehicle in the ditch.

UPDATE 6:32 p.m. — Dispatch reports front end of vehicle is in a creek.

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Kenosha County COVID-19 cases update April 3, 2020: 90 positive

The Kenosha County Division of Health is reporting 90 positive COVID-19 test results in Kenosha County as of Friday evening. That’s 11 more positives than Thursday.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is reporting 1,916 positive tests statewide with 37 deaths as of Friday. That’s 6 additional deaths since Thursday.

The Kenosha County Division of Health announced Kenosha County’s first case of COVID-19 coronavirus on March 16.

In Lake County, Ill., where many people from Kenosha County work, there are 608 cases as of Friday, the Lake County Health Department reports.

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Spring Election 2020: Randall Consolidated School Board candidates Q&A

Voters in the Randall Consolidated School District will be able to vote in a contested race for school board on April 7 (or earlier with absentee voting).

There are two at-large seats open. Three candidates will be on the ballot. Neither of the incumbents filed to run for re-election.

The same questionnaire was submitted by westofthei.com to each candidate by email.

Here in alphabetical order is their biographical information, followed by their question responses:

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Spring Election 2020: Randall town supervisor #4 candidates Q&A

Voters in Randall will be able to vote in a contested race for Randall town supervisor #4 on April 7 (or earlier with absentee voting).

The same questionnaire was submitted by westofthei.com to each candidate by email.

Here in alphabetical order is their biographical information, followed by their question responses:

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Spring Election 2020: Randall town supervisor #2 candidates Q&A

Voters in Randall will be able to vote in a contested race for Randall supervisor #2 on April 7 (or earlier with absentee voting).

The same questionnaire was submitted by westofthei.com to each candidate, by email or by mail.

Here in alphabetical order is their biographical information, followed by their question responses:

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A word from our sponsors: Village of Twin Lakes seeking recycling center attendant

Note: This is a paid announcement from the village of Twin Lakes. — DH

The Village of Twin Lakes is hiring a seasonal position to work at the Twin Lakes Yard Waste Recycling Center to ensure compliance in yard waste collection efforts.

The Recycling Center Attendant is responsible for the following:

  • Overseeing yard waste collection activities to ensure compliance with Village code.
  • Opening and closing Recycling Center.
  • Collecting data regarding yard waste collection activities.
  • Other duties at Recycling Center as assigned.

The Recycling Center Attendant will have extensive contact with the public and must have excellent customer service skills. Employees must be punctual and work well independently.

The Recycling Center will be open and monitored 15 hours per week starting April 1 and ending November 1. The Recycling Center is open Wednesday 10am to 2pm, Saturday 7am to noon, and Sunday 7am to noon. Schedules will be coordinated with selected employees; however employees must be able to work most weekends.

Applicants must be at least 17 years of age. Seniors are welcome to apply. Recycling Center Attendant will earn $10/hour.

Applications are due by 5pm on Friday, April 10, 2020.

Applications are available online at www.villageoftwinlakes.net/employment-opportunities or at Village Hall, 108 E Main Street, Twin Lakes.

The Village of Twin Lakes is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Salem Lakes clerk shares in-person voting preparation

Wondering how in-person voting might be changed by COVID-19 concerns?

In the following video, Salem Lakes village Clerk Shannon Hahn shares some of the preparation and techniques that will be used in that village for in-person voting next week:

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Kenosha County COVID-19 cases update April 2, 2020: 79 positive

The Kenosha County Division of Health is reporting 79 positive COVID-19 test results in Kenosha County as of Thursday evening. That’s 22 more positives than Wednesday.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is reporting 1,730 positive tests statewide with 31 deaths as of Thursday. That’s 7 additional deaths since Wednesday.

The Kenosha County Division of Health announced Kenosha County’s first case of COVID-19 coronavirus on March 16.

In Lake County, Ill., where many people from Kenosha County work, there are 542 cases as of Thursday, the Lake County Health Department reports.

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Units responding for burning in Wheatland

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 7:36 p.m., Town of Wheatland Fire Department and Twin Lakes Rescue units are responding to a report of burning in the 39900 block of Highway F in Wheatland.

Per dispatch: Caller reporting a large bonfire.

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Judge extends absentee voting period for Wisconsin

A federal judge has ruled that Wisconsin voters should have six additional days to vote absentee in the April 7 election and presidential primary.

Says the Associated Press:

U.S. District Judge William Conley’s order essentially extends the election by nearly a week. He blasted state leaders’ decision not to delay the election to protect people’s health but refused to postpone it himself, saying a federal judge shouldn’t act as the state’s health officer.

More from the AP here.

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Spring Election 2020: Bristol School District Board candidates Q&A

Voters in the Bristol School District will be able to cast a ballot in a contested school board race on April 7 (or earlier with absentee voting).

There are two at-large seats and four candidates.

The same questionnaire was submitted by westofthei.com to each candidate, by email.

Here in alphabetical order is their biographical information, followed by their question responses:

Continue reading →
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