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Police seek ban on two DJs

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Kenosha Police Chief John Morrissey said he is prepared to do whatever it takes to keep two area disc jockeys from making another local appearance, after a dangerous incident at an uptown bar early Saturday morning.

Morrissey spoke at Monday’s License and Permit Committee meeting about a possible solution for governing local disc jockeys, primarily DJ Cash and DJ Gold.

Xten Industries to close

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Xten Industries LLC, an award-winning Kenosha-based manufacturer of injection molded plastic components, is selling its assets and working on an agreement with an Illinois plastics company to take over operations until a sale is finalized.

In a written statement Tuesday on its website, Xten said it is “entering into an assignment for the benefit of creditors within the next few days.”

Locals throw their money behind Burke, Walker

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Kenosha County residents gave more than $121,000 to gubernatorial candidates this year, according to receipts filed with the Government Accountability Board.

Republican Gov. Scott Walker raised about twice as much as his Democratic challenger, Mary Burke. More people gave money to Walker, and the sums his top local contributors gave were far higher than Burke's.

City signs on to county’s Wi-Fi plan

The city of Kenosha administration has joined Kenosha County’s proposed plan to offer free public wireless Internet service to the downtown area.

On Wednesday, Mayor Keith Bosman said the city would fund the $10,000 as requested by the county to help operate the system. The county has already set aside $100,000 for the installation and infrastructure for the project that would cover an area from 35th Street to 66th Street, east of Sheridan Road.

Local clerks report waves of early voters

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More voters are casting in-person absentee ballots than in prior gubernatorial elections.

Local clerks say thousands of Kenosha County voters are heading to their offices to take advantage of the two-week early voting window.

Former incumbent, political newcomer vie in 21st Senate District race

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The Nov. 4 open race for Wisconsin’s 21st Senate District pits a former senator against a political newcomer.

Republican Van Wanggaard is attempting to recapture the seat that he lost in a recall election in 2012. Sen. John Lehman, who defeated Wanggaard then, is leaving the seat to pursue a run for lieutenant governor.

Son of former deputy arrested for armed robbery of VFW

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The son of a retired Kenosha County Sheriff’s deputy was arrested in connection with the Aug. 25 robbery at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 6618 39th Ave.

Bryan J. Tijerina, 32, of Kenosha was charged Monday with one felony count of armed robbery. Kenosha Police Department said it took Tijerina into custody after serving a search warrant in the 1200 block of 57th Street just after 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Unified moves ahead with sports facilities referendum

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Kenosha Unified School District voters will decide in April whether to fund a $16.7 million plan to improve high school sports facilities, including building a stadium for Bradford High School.

The School Board voted unanimously Tuesday to approve an outdoor athletic facilities plan that includes $9.6 million in improvements at Bradford, including construction of a stadium for football, soccer and track.

UW-Parkside unveils new campus master plan

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The University of Wisconsin-Parkside master plan released today hints at how the campus will change, and what its leaders think will be important going forward.

The university’s first master plan was developed in 2006, and helped bringin the student center, a residence hall, and the Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities.

Plans move forward for indoor HarborMarket

Two weeks after the outdoor open market season has ended, plans for a permanent indoor HarborMarket are still in the works as officials hope to have a feasibility study and state grant funding in place soon.

While no timeline has been established, the Kenosha Area Business Alliance is expected to name a consulting firm to conduct the feasibility study in early November.

County seeks alcohol sales to boost golf profitability

Kenosha County’s golf division is expected to end the year with a small profit, but board supervisors believe it can be even more lucrative.

Supervisors said during the recent budget hearings they want staff to look into what other golf courses are doing, whether public or private, in selling alcohol.

Some seek more contribution to health plan from county employees

Some Kenosha County officials believe employees should be contributing more toward their health plan.

According to a budget proposal for personnel presented Monday night before the Finance and Administration Committee, employees would contribute 10 percent toward a single or family health plan.

Parkside to unveil master plan Monday

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SOMERS — The University of Wisconsin-Parkside will present its new master plan to the community on Monday.

The plan is the culmination of a process which began in February 2013 and was conducted in partnership with planning, architecture and engineering consultants.

A space of their own

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For teens, the best room in the house — after the kitchen — is usually their own.

Decorated in colors of his or her choosing, a teenager’s room has the comfy furniture, favorite books, music and gaming consoles that make it the place to be.

Citations issued in rollover crash

Kenosha police have issued multiple citations to a driver involved in a rollover crash in the 2600 block of Alford Park Drive last week in which a teenage boy was injured.

Driver Tavon L. Robinson, born in 1995 of Racine, was cited for speeding, license restriction, no insurance, failure to use a seat belt and operating a vehicle in which a passenger is not properly restrained.

    Walker denies Burke’s claim he planted Trek firing story

    SHEBOYGAN (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke fought back Thursday against accusations that she was fired from her family business at Trek Bicycles, calling the claims by a former company president “complete lies” being put forward by Republican Gov. Scott Walker and his allies.

    Walker denied planting the story, saying he had heard rumors for months but didn’t feel it was up to him to raise the issue. He blamed the media for not properly vetting Burke, who is running her first statewide campaign in an attempt to deny him a second term.

    Burke rejects accusations Trek fired her

    PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker pulled out to his largest lead against Democrat Mary Burke in a poll released Wednesday just six days before the election. Meanwhile, Burke forcefully denied accusations that she was fired by her brother from her job at Trek Bicycles in the 1990s.

    Walker and Burke were dead even in a Marquette University Law School poll released two weeks ago, results that had been fairly consistent for five months. But the latest poll showed Walker with a seven-point advantage among likely voters — 50 percent to 43 percent — a lead beyond the error margin of plus or minus three points.

    Burke, Walker haul in big bucks as election looms

    MADISON (AP) — Well-heeled donors are opening their wallets in the waning days of Wisconsin’s hotly contested race for governor, cutting big checks to help both Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Mary Burke.

    Newly filed reports show just how much money is flooding into the race.

    Obama visits state in bid to help Burke oust Walker

    MADISON (AP) — President Barack Obama is making a rare appearance on the campaign trail just one week before Election Day in an effort to help a Democratic challenger oust Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker from office.

    Walker is a top target of Democrats in the midterm elections after he angered organized labor by enacting a measure in 2011 that reduced the power of public sector unions in the state. Obama was scheduled to campaign this evening with Democrat Mary Burke, a former Trek Bicycles executive and state commerce secretary, who is running close against Walker, a potential 2016 presidential candidate.

    Most voucher students came from private schools

    MADISON (AP) — The vast majority of students receiving a taxpayer-subsidized voucher to attend private school this year did not go to a Wisconsin public school last year, according to data released Thursday by the state Department of Public Instruction.

    Just over 19 percent of the 538 students who entered the statewide program this year attended a public school last year, the data showed. Over the two years of the program, just under 20 percent of those receiving a voucher came from a public school.

    College roundup: Parkside women’s basketball team picked to finish fifth

    The UW-Parkside women’s basketball team was picked to finish fifth out of eight teams in the Great Lakes Valley Conference East Division in the annual preseason coaches poll, which was released Thursday.

    The Rangers garnered one first-place vote and 60 points overall. Under first-year coach Jacob Yorg, Parkside finished 4-14 in the GLVC (8-18 overall) last season.

    St. Joseph returns to the starting line

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    After a one-year absence, the St. Joseph girls cross country team is back at the WIAA State Championships.

    The Lancers will be joined by Shoreland Lutheran’s Abby Lash for the girls race, while St. Joseph’s John David Ford is the lone local slated for the boys race Saturday at Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids.

    Bradford, Central highlight D-1 cross country field

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    Kenosha County will be well represented when the WIAA State Cross Country Championships take place Saturday at Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids.

    The Bradford boys, Central boys and Central girls qualified along with Tremper’s Mitchell Maegaard.

    CLS girls volleyball team falls in sectional semifinal

    The Christian Life girls volleyball team lost 3-0 to Lake Country Lutheran in a WIAA sectional semifinal at Shoreland on Thursday night.

    Christian Life put together a 24-17 record, earned its fourth-consecutive WIAA regional championship and did it all with a lineup that had only three upperclassmen.

    Tremper advances past Central

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    The Tremper girls volleyball team waited for this rematch for a year.

    Hawks face a challenge in Marquette pass catchers

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    KENOSHA — You get the feeling that even if the Indian Trail football team was facing the likes of Jimmy Graham, Calvin Johnson and Brandon Marshall, the Hawks’ defensive backfield would still be confident and eager to take on the challenge.

    Marquette won’t be trotting out any future NFL Hall of Famers when the teams collide in the second round of the WIAA Division-1 playoffs Friday night at Hart Park, but the Hawks will be trying to limit some of the best pass catchers that the state has to offer.

    Bradford boys cross country team ready to run

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    KENOSHA — Mark Aslakson is in his 39th season coaching the Bradford boys cross country team, and he admits that he hasn’t experienced many, if any, more enjoyable autumns than this one.

    “Yeah, this is right at the top, and I think my assistant coach (Molly Ahonen) would say the same thing,” Aslakson said Thursday afternoon, two days before the Bradford boys compete in the 102nd WIAA Division-1 Cross Country Championships at The Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids.

    UWP women capture GLVC soccer title

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    SOMERS — Had it counted, it could have been known as The Goal in the Gloamin.’ But UW-Parkside freshman Jenna Brzeski was a second or two too late.

    Positioned in the box, Brzeski kicked a left-footed shot into the right corner of the net as the first overtime expired with daylight dwindling on Wednesday afternoon at Wood Road Field.

    More at stake this time for Indian Trail, Marquette

    KENOSHA — When the Indian Trail football team faces Marquette in the second round of the WIAA Division-1 playoffs on Friday night, it won’t be the first time that the Hawks travel to Hart Park to take on the Hilltoppers.

    After both teams finished the 2012 regular season with identical 2-6 records, they agreed to play an extra game as allowed by the WIAA for non-playoff teams.

    College roundup: UWP men’s soccer game ends in a tie

    Mathew Yang’s goal in the 82nd minute enabled the UW-Parkside men’s soccer team to forge a 1-1 tie with Lewis on Wednesday at Wood Road Field.

    Despite not losing, the Rangers did not qualify for the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament. UWP needed Bellarmine to lose in order to have any chance of making the tourney.

    Volleyball roundup: Central, Tremper, CLS continue state quest

    The Tremper and Central girls volleyball teams will play for the right to most likely face the state’s best while Christian Life continues its pursuit of an elusive sectional title.

    WIAA sectional semifinals are Thursday night with Tremper hosting Central in Division-1 at 8 p.m. and Christian Life taking on Lake Country Lutheran in Division-3 at Shoreland Lutheran at 7 p.m.

    College roundup: Parkside women’s soccer team No. 4 nationally

    The UW-Parkside women’s soccer team keeps climbing in the national polls.

    The Rangers will head into their regular-season finale Wednesday ranked fourth in Division II. UWP climbed two spots in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Top 25 poll released Tuesday.

    Parkside’s Riauka named Preseason All-American

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    KENOSHA — UW-Parkside men’s basketball forward Ziggy Riauka racked up plenty of honors during a tremendous junior season in 2013-14.

    It’s no surprise he’s earning more before his senior season even starts.

    Reds win CCIW volleyball title

    KENOSHA — This has been a big year for the Carthage women’s volleyball team.

    Coach Leanne Ulmer earned her 400th career win on Saturday and, with a 3-0 victory at home over North Park on Tuesday, Carthage clinched its first regular-season CCIW title since 2011.

    Tremper doubles team, Seymour earn All-SEC honors

    The Southeast Conference released its all-conference teams in soccer, golf, tennis and cross country on Monday.

    Here’s a look at the locals who made each team (with soccer on B1):

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    Committee OKs police, fire budgets

    Kenosha Mayor Keith Bosman’s proposed 2015 police and fire budgets sailed through the Public Safety and Welfare Committee Wednesday, with dollar totals virtually unchanged from this year.

    No fine for man who clear-cut Powers Lake property

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    BLOOMFIELD — Eugene Martin will not be fined for clear-cutting land early last spring on the shore of Powers Lake at the site of the historic Honey Bear Farm venue.

    City signs on to county’s Wi-Fi plan

    The city of Kenosha administration has joined Kenosha County’s proposed plan to offer free public wireless Internet service to the downtown area.

    Locals throw their money behind Burke, Walker

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    Kenosha County residents gave more than $121,000 to gubernatorial candidates this year, according to receipts filed with the Government Accountability Board.

    Snyder: Halloween after dark: A trick or a treat?

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    City officials just can’t win with Halloween.

    Xten Industries to close

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    Xten Industries LLC, an award-winning Kenosha-based manufacturer of injection molded plastic components, is selling its assets and working on an agreement with an Illinois plastics company to take over operations until a sale is finalized.

    Voters to find numerous referendums on ballot

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    In addition to voting for politicians Nov. 4, Kenosha County can vote yes or no are a variety of referendums, depending on their places of residence.

    Parks Commission names Kenosha's dog park K-9 Korner

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    In a unanimous vote Monday, the Kenosha Parks Commission selected the name "K-9 Korner" for the dog park at Anderson Park off 22nd Avenue near 89th Street.

    Snow for Halloween? It’s possible

    Halloween note to parents: Dress your kids warmly.

    Police seek ban on two DJs

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    Kenosha Police Chief John Morrissey said he is prepared to do whatever it takes to keep two area disc jockeys from making another local appearance, after a dangerous incident at an uptown bar early Saturday morning.

    Homeroom: Panther Prowl sets a record

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    Paris School’s annual Panther Prowl, the main fundraising event for the rural K-8 school, recently raised a record $29,136.

    Event briefs: ‘Coffin Bangers Ball’ is Friday

    KENOSHA — The “Coffin Bangers Ball” will be 7 p.m. to midnight Friday at the Woman’s Club of Kenosha, 6028 Eighth Ave.