Thundering finale

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RANDALL — The four-day Country Thunder music festival rolled out of town Sunday, and those involved said it was probably the biggest year ever.

The festival attracted more than 30,000 people throughout the weekend to see big-name acts such as Gary Allan, Miranda Lambert, Brantley Gilbert and Jason Aldean.

“I think things we really well,” said April Harbour, Country Thunder general manager. “I think we’ve had the largest year we have ever had, and probably the most exciting and beautiful, and the patrons seem to have really enjoyed it.”




Thundering finale

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RANDALL — The four-day Country Thunder music festival rolled out of town Sunday, and those involved said it was probably the biggest year ever.

The festival attracted more than 30,000 people throughout the weekend to see big-name acts such as Gary Allan, Miranda Lambert, Brantley Gilbert and Jason Aldean.

Donors give blood in memory of robbery victim

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Robbie Wilde believed in helping people in any way he could, and none the more precious was donating that which could save others’ lives.

On Sunday, about 30 people participated in the second annual Robbie Wilde Memorial Blood Drive held at Shirl’s Custard 7943 Sheridan Road.

Snapshot: Boat captain goes all out for Venetian Night parade

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Duane O'Keefe promised to go bigger and better after wining last year's Venetian Night Parade of Lights with his boat commemorating the New York City fire department.

This year, the theme was "Drift into Space," and he transformed his boat into a space shuttle, adding 12-foot wings to each side. The result? He took first place again in the parade, which took place Saturday night.

News briefs: Fire damages former convenience store

A former convenience store in Somers was damaged by fire late Saturday night.

Somers firefighters were alerted to fire on the roof of the former S&S Mini Mart, 9720 Burlington Road (Highway S) at 11:49 p.m., according to a press release from the Somers Fire and Rescue Department.

A Life Remembered: Parkside professor loved teaching, learning about history

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Each Monday, the Kenosha News takes a look at the life of a Kenosha County resident who recently died. We share with you, through the memories of family and friends, a life remembered.

In many ways, Oliver Hayward’s life reads like a Russian novel. Even more aptly perhaps, several volumes of Russian history.





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    Event briefs: Anime Club to meet at Salem library

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    Walker begins statewide Harley tour at Uke’s

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    Gov. Scott Walker kicked off his two-day “Governor’s Ride” across Wisconsin this morning at Uke’s Harley-Davidson in Kenosha.



    Area businesses welcome Thunder fans

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    RANDALL — Many local businesses in Twin Lakes and neighboring cities in Kenosha County made it clear to Country Thunder fans by hanging signs saying “Welcome Country Thunder fans” and adjusting their hours and specials to accommodate the thousands of people expected.

    Taste visitors enjoy good food, good music, good weather

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    Taste of Wisconsin kicked off Friday evening with perfect weather, a variety of musical entertainment on four stages and 40 vendors hawking too many samplings of menu items to list in this small space.

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    New rides add to fun at music festival

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    RANDALL — Those tired of partaking in the traditional Country Thunder activities such as mechanical bull riding and daytime drinking now have other options to choose from: a 360-foot zipline, a slingshot that shoots people 200 feet into the air and a 16-seat Ferris Wheel.

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