August 27, 2016
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Local postal workers’ credit union merges with Trustone

Members of the Kenosha Postal Employees Credit Union have agreed to merge with the Minnesota-based Trustone Financial Federal Credit Union.

Officials with the two financial institutions announced the merger Wednesday.

“Our members will now have access to a full service financial institution offering an expanded product line and online services while continuing to strengthen the relationship we have built within the community,” Patrick Nels, chairman of the postal workers’ credit union, said in a news release.


Customers order food at the new Potbelly restaurant, which opened Tuesday at 9330 76th St. in Pleasant Prairie. The sandwich shop, also features salads, milkshakes and live music. Musicians interested in performing there should contact general manager Chris Price. The restaurant had a fundraising "Oven Warming" event Monday, with proceeds going to the Kenosha Literacy Council. The restaurant is one of a handful of new shops opening near Costco along Highway 50 in the coming months. Others businesses on tap ( KENOSHA NEWS PHOTO BY BRIAN PASSINO )

The Agenda: Potbelly first in the next wave of new Pleasant Prairie eateries

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I doubt that even on the coldest January evening the potbelly stove in the newest quick casual restaurant in Pleasant Prairie will be lit, but it’s part of the aura of one of the nation's fastest growing chains.

Potbelly Sandwich Shop opened this week at 9330 76th St., making it the first in a new wave of eateries all within sight of one another near Costco.

Coming soon are Five Guys, Chipotle, MOD Pizza, and Corner Bakery Cafe.

Premium Outlets to hold job fair

Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlets, 11211 120th Ave., will conduct a job fair to connect local job seekers to 60 fall retail positions.

The fair is scheduled for 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 30 in the Pavilion Eatery, where the hiring retailers will distribute applications and conduct interviews.

Some of the hiring retailers include Coach, Corningware, Corelle, Loft Outlet, Fossil, Hush Puppies, Merrell, Sebago, Lacoste, White House Black Market and New York & Co.

A parking lot that remains at the corner of 58th Street and Eighth Avenue was an outgrowth of a squabble over downtown-area parking that was in the news in the mid-1980s. ( KENOSHA NEWS PHOTO )

The Agenda: Old news

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You may have missed the news, but during the first week of August the organization that represents downtown businesses backed away from plans to develop off-street parking in downtown Kenosha.

The idea was to create surface parking lots with both attendants and payment-activated gates. It came with a request for city funds, approximately $270,000, to make it happen.

The downtown businesspeople complained that a lack of sufficient and well-lit parking spaces kept people from shopping or doing business downtown.

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The Ladder: Olive Garden GM honored by Darden

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Jeff Zimmerman, general manager of Olive Garden in Pleasant Prairie, has been honored by parent company Darden Restaurants.

Zimmerman joined a group of top-performing general managers recognized this year for their commitment to delivering guest experiences at the highest level.

“Jeff embodies our belief at Olive Garden that everyone who walks through our doors should be treated like family — from our guests to our team members,” said Dave George, president of Olive Garden. “He demonstrates outstanding leadership of his restaurant as well as passion for the Pleasant Prairie community, and I am proud to have him represent Olive Garden.”

Davenport: Kenosha News’ new look is slimming!

It would be understandable if our readers underwent a bit of whiplash over the past two weeks. Following a path taken by most daily newspapers in the United States, the Kenosha News got a bit narrower on July 26. Well, the printed area got narrower. The page width will follow soon.

To use an industry term, we narrowed our web width. Our new page is 11 inches wide. Newspapers are generally printed on a wide roll of newsprint in multiples of eight pages, usually in two sections of four pages. Those pages then go through a slitter and are assembled with other sections to make a single copy. It all happens at a lightning-quick pace with an output of hundreds of copies a minute.

(I was never a printer, but one of my early jobs in the business was on the back end of a newspaper printing plant. I caught and jogged newspapers as they rolled off the end of the press, making sure they were ready for the device that bundled and tied them in stacks. That was decades ago, however, and I am sure some piece of Swiss or German machinery handles that task today.)

The Kenosha News building at 5800 Seventh Ave. ( KENOSHA NEWS FILE PHOTO )

The Agenda: It’s slimming!

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It would be understandable if our readers underwent a bit of whiplash over the past two weeks. Following a path taken by most daily newspapers in the United States, the Kenosha News got a bit narrower on July 26. Well, the printed area got narrower. The page width will follow soon.

To use an industry term, we narrowed our web width. Our new page is 11 inches wide. Newspapers are generally printed on a wide roll of newsprint in multiples of eight pages, usually in two sections of four pages. Those pages then go through a slitter and are assembled with other sections to make a single copy. It all happens at a lightning-quick pace with an output of hundreds of copies a minute.

(I was never a printer, but one of my early jobs in the business was on the back end of a newspaper printing plant. I caught and jogged newspapers as they rolled off the end of the press, making sure they were ready for the device that bundled and tied them in stacks. That was decades ago, however, and I am sure some piece of Swiss or German machinery handles that task today.)

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The Ladder: David W. Johnson is new Twin Disc board member

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Twin Disc Inc. has announced that it appointed David W. Johnson to the company’s board of directors effective July 29.

“David’s financial and business knowledge will be a tremendous asset to Twin Disc’s board of directors,” said David B. Rayburn, chairman of the board. “David brings a significant amount of experience working in the personal marine and watercraft industry, and managing global financial activities.”

Since 2005, Johnson has served as vice president and chief financial officer of Johnson Outdoors Inc. He joined Johnson Outdoors in December 2001. Prior to joining Johnson Outdoors, he held a number of financial positions, first with The Northern Trust Company and later with The Procter & Gamble Co. where he led the financial efforts and teams in new business development, brand and operational restructuring, and cost-saving and strategic analysis.

Chipotle Mexican Grill is expected to open in Pleasant Prairie next month. Potbelly Sandwich Shop and Five Guys Burgers and Fries will soon follow. ( )

New restaurants in village eye fall openings

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PLEASANT PRAIRIE — Chipotle Mexican Grill, one of three national chain restaurants in the village’s Bull’s Eye Development, is expected to open Sept. 20.

On Monday, it received the green light from the Village Board to sell beer and other fermented malt beverages.

The board voted unanimously to grant the license for Chipotle, 9370 76th St., with the provision that the restaurant opens within 90 days or with an 180-day extension, if necessary according to the village ordinance.

The Wilmot Stage Stop, photographed in 2011, has closed after 168 years in business. ( KENOSHA NEWS FILE PHOTO BY BILL SIEL )

After 168 years Wilmot Stage Stop rolls to a halt

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After 168 years, the Wilmot Stage Stop has rolled to a stop. Using Facebook, the historic restaurant on Friday announced its immediate closing.

“Due to current circumstances the Wilmot Stage Stop will be closing effective July 29, 2016,” its message read. “Thank you for being part of our six generations of success and memories.”

The notice said the restaurant would repay outstanding balances that customers might have on gift cards. To obtain a refund, customers were instructed to mail their cards to P.O. Box 26, Wilmot, WI 53192.

Pablo Ytuarte, left, appliance manager, and Kristy Duchene, jewelry manager -- donning a cow suit -- eye a monitor during the Friday grand opening of the new appliance department at the J.C. Penney store in Pleasant Prairie. ( KENOSHA NEWS PHOTO BY BRIAN PASSINO )

Local J.C. Penney adds appliances

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The local retail appliance scene became more crowded this week when J.C. Penney unveiled a new department in its Shoppes of Prairie Ridge store in Pleasant Prairie.

The new department is part of a 500-store rollout of appliance departments following a successful test earlier this year in San Antonio, Tex., San Diego and Tampa, Fla.

Penney sold appliances from 1963 to 1983. Many 1960s and ’70s homes had Penncrest stoves in their kitchens.

Tony Dunn ( submiited photo )

The Ladder: Habush Habush & Rottier adds Dunn as partner

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Attorney Tony Dunn has joined Habush Habush & Rottier as a partner.

Dunn, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Michigan State Law School, had previously worked with a civil litigation firm in Kenosha. He will work primarily in the firm’s Racine and Kenosha offices.

Habush Habush & Rottier is a personal injury law firm with 13 offices statewide.

UW-Parkside offers entrepreneurial classes in August

A free monthly workshop for entrepreneurs or anyone who has ever thought about opening their own business continue in August. The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside offers “First Steps in Starting Your Own Small Business” on two different dates.

The two-hour workshop focuses on questions entrepreneurs face when undertaking a new business venture. Topics include business plan development, market feasibility, financial and lender resources, and includes Small Business Administration resources. The class is a collaborative effort by Racine Country Workforce Development Center and Kenosha Area Business Alliance. It is free and open to the public.

The first session, Aug. 2 will be held at the offices of the Kenosha Area Business Alliance, 5500 Sixth Ave., 4:30-6:30 p.m. The second class session will be held Aug. 9 at the Racine County Workforce Development, 1717 Taylor Ave., 6-8 p.m.

Six-wheeled delivery robots which move at about 4 mph are being tested to deliver meals to homes in United Kingdom. ( STARSHIP TECHNOLOGIES PHOTO )

The Agenda: Is this how you envisioned the 21st century?

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A few months ago, the news was flooded with stories about plans from Amazon to deliver products via drone. It made for great jokes by late-night TV hosts, editorial cartoonists and meme makers.

Yes, someday Jeff Bezos may use little noisy drones to drop an order of toilet paper on your front lawn, making the 21st century seem nothing at all like Arthur C. Clarke and Ray Bradbury promised us.

But long before that happens, a different kind of automated delivery system will probably bring your shampoo. And maybe your Kung Pao Chicken.

Snap-on reports second-quarter gains

Snap-on Inc., boosted by sales of diagnostic and repair information equipment to independent repair shop owners, reported more than $20 million increases for its second quarter net sales and earnings.

The Kenosha-based multinational tools and equipment manufacturer, reported second quarter net sales of $872.3 million, a $20.5 million increased over net sales for the same period a year ago. Net earnings rose $20.1 million to $140.1 million for the second quarter of this year.

Reporting via teleconference to financial reporters, Snap-on chairman and CEO Nick Pinchuk attributed the improvement to continued strength in the automotive repair business that helped offset challenges in overseas markets and foreign currency fluctuations.

Karla Krehbiel ( SUBMITTED PHOTO )

The Ladder: Krehbeil named to Girl Scouts board

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Karla Krehbiel has been appointed to the board of directors of Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast for 2016-2017. As regional president for Johnson Bank, Krehbiel is responsible for southeast Wisconsin, which includes Racine and Kenosha markets. She also serves on the executive committee of the Kenosha Area Business Alliance and is a board member of the Downtown Racine Corporation and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Foundation.

Jeni Cui, a local nurse, athlete, and runner, says she is eager to introduce people to fascial stretch therapy. FST is a therapist-guided stretching that focuses on muscles and fascia tissue, the most prevalent tissue in the human body. FST sessions, which range from 60 to 90 minutes, manipulate, lengthen, and realign the fascia. The patient lies on a stretching table and a therapist moves the body through specific and targeted stretches.

FST is ideal for athletes, those wanting to keep their body youthful, and anyone interested in full-body benefits, Cui explained and noted “FST is proven to reduce injuries, act as an anti-aging tool for joints, and improve posture.”

Here’s looking at you (in a creepy new way)

See that billboard for a new soft drink? Or the latest designer fragrance or fast food offering? There’s a good chance that the billboard is looking back at you.

A few months ago, Clear Channel Outdoor Americas unwrapped a program called RADAR that will track and map activities and behaviors of the people who pass by its billboards and, ostensibly, see the advertising message.

The company, maybe the largest out-of-home advertising network in the world, will grab information from your mobile device as you pass by its signs. Here’s how the company describes the methodology and technology in a recent video:

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The Ladder: Kuffel joins Wausau’s WAOW

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Kenosha native and St. Joseph Catholic Academy graduate Samantha Kuffel has joined WAOW, Channel 9, in Wausau as a meteorologist, handling on-air weather reporting at 11 a.m. She is a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. While in college, she interned under John Malan at WTMJ, Channel 4, in Milwaukee She also worked as an operational meteorologist for a private forecasting company Innovative Weather. When she isn't forecasting, she says she loves to storm chase, travel, and play basketball.

Alyssa Covelli Colwill recently graduated from Penn Medicine Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania residency program.

She is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and is continuing her studies as a fellow in family planning at the Oregon Health and Science University Hospital in Portland.

A new restaurant, hosted by the Kenosha Yacht Club, gained City Council approval for licenses on Wednesday. ( KENOSHA NEWS FILE PHOTO BY KEVIN POIRIER )

New restaurant set for Kenosha Yacht Club

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The Kenosha Yacht Club, 5130 Fourth Ave., will soon be home to a new restaurant.

Wednesday evening the City Council approved liquor and cabaret licenses and an outdoor extension permit for the upcoming bistro/bar, to be located inside the Yacht Club building. It will make use of some of the facility’s existing equipment and be called the Lakehouse.

The permits were issued to Flying Fish, LLC.

An industrial condominium in the 5600 block of 99th Avenue is for sale. ( SEAN KRAJACIC )

Industrial condominium hits the market

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Real estate brokerage Pitts Brothers & Associates LLC, is seeking a buyer for a 28,836 square foot industrial condominium that is suitable for a small or medium-sized manufacturer or distribution company.

On the market for $1.73 million, the unit is the largest of three in the industrial-zoned building located at 5600 99th Ave. in the Business Park of Kenosha. The 51,500 square foot building sits on slightly more than 2.8 acres and features 24-foot ceilings and two interior loading docks.

The building was constructed in 2007 when developers hoped industrial and commercial condominiums would be an attractive option for smaller companies that needed a facility, but may not have been able to afford the cost of a more traditional industrial or commercial sites.

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