State Capitol Report


August 25, 2016

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District Events

Grill Games

When: Saturday, August 26th - Sunday, August 27th (click HERE for more detailed schedule)

Where: HarborPark/Celebration Place, 56th Street & 1st Avenue, Kenosha


3rd Annual Paws For The Cause

When: Sunday, August 28th from 1-6pm

Where: Kenosha Yacht Club, 5130 4th Ave

What: Fundraiser to support Kenosha Forgotten Friends animal rescue

Tickets: $10/person; $5/unlimited beer tickets available


3rd Annual Cheese-A-Palooza

When: Saturday, September 3rd - Sunday, September 4th

Where: HarborPark, 54th Street & 6th Ave

What: Kenosha’s third annual grilled cheese/mac and cheese invitational featuring great food, demonstrations, live entertainment, and more.


Kenosha Classic Cruise-In

When: Saturday, September 3rd from 9am-4pm

Where: Downtown Kenosha, enter at 56th Street & 7th Ave

What: The 13th annual car show is open to all makes and models of vehicles and motorcycles. Featuring LIVE music by All The King's Men as well as pizza, brats, and hot dogs. Nearby businesses offer specials.

**Donations will be accepted of non-perishable food.**

Cost: FREE

Walk In The Woods Art Fair

When: Saturday, September 4th from 10am-4pm

Where: Hawthorn Hollow Nature Sanctuary, 880 Green Bay Road, Kenosha

What: Over 60 artists display their creations along the wooded trails and gardens of Hawthorn Hollow. Featuring live entertainment throughout the day, face painting, food / beverages for sale, and a Silent Auction.

Cost: $5 donation/car is requested.


14th Annual Wounded Warrior Car Show

When: Sunday, September 4th from 8am-4pm

Where: Simmons Island

What: Benefit for wounded warriors with 50-50 raffle, door prizes, personal military displays, military vehicles, face painting, raffle items, music, dunk tank.


3rd Annual Rally for Recovery

When: Saturday, September 10th from 10am-4pm

Where: Pennoyer Park

What: Our MISSION is to create a culture that supports addiction recovery for individuals, families and communities through advocacy, education and support. The GOAL is to garner strength through connectedness.


Kenosha POW/MIA Memorial Service

When: Friday, September 16 at 5pm

Where: Veterans Memorial located at 625 52nd Street by the fountain

What: Remembrance Ceremony to show POW's and MIA's they are not forgotten. A remembrance table will be displayed and explained, a history of POW and MIA’s will be presented along with some of those recently identified, and the Battlefield Cross will be deployed during the service. The highlight will be the story of a local POW who was captured in Iraq along with his family. He will tell his harrowing story and the impact it had on his entire family.


4th Annual Kenosha Streetcar Day

When: Saturday, September 17th

Where: McCarthy Transit Center, 724 54th Street, Kenosha

What: Rides on the streetcars, tours of the “streetcar barn,” fascinating interactive displays, vendors, the Kenosha Lego Users Group, and all the operating streetcars out and available for photo-ops.


Pike River Clean-Up

When: Saturday, September 17th from 8:30am - 4pm

Where: Petrifying Springs Park, at Shelter #6 near Hwy A

What: Meant for all ages and skill levels. If you want to pick up trash along the river banks and/or get your waders on to pull tires, debris, or log jams, there is plenty to do. Our goal is to keep Pike River cleaner and more enjoyable for all.

What to bring: work shoes/boots, work gloves, work coveralls, hip boots or waders, reacher sticks or steel rakes, canoes/kayaks/flat bottom boat, chainsaws (experienced users only)

Contact: Jim Zondlak, or 262-620-1680


Multi-Agency Community Outreach Event

When: October 3rd, from 1-4pm

Where: Boys and Girls Club, 1330 52nd Street

What: Onsite community resources include:

**Energy Assistance Crisis Appointments

**Budget Counseling

**FoodShare Employment and Training (FSET) Referral and Enrollment

**Community Resource Fair

**Holiday House Registration



Friends and Neighbors,


I don't know about you, but I have had such fun following Team USA and all the Olympians in the Rio Olympic Games over the past several weeks. What these athletes are able to overcome and accomplish is truly inspiring. What a great example for us all to set goals for ourselves, work hard to improve as much as we can, and keep our long-term priorities in mind even if we sometimes face short-term challenges. Through day-after-day hard work, small changes become large and great effort is rewarded.


In this State Capitol Report, you will find lots of community events to attend, as usual, along with some helpful updates throughout Kenosha. In particular, I want to highlight LaborFest, which is coming up on Labor Day - Monday, September 5th.


As so many of you know first hand, the workers of America have fought hard for rights and recognition over the years. Especially in times like now, when it seems some folks want to make life harder for workers, it is important to celebrate the progress accomplished by the Labor Movement, mourn the lives lost by American workers, and re-focus our efforts for the battles yet to come. I will continue to fight hard for workers throughout our state in the upcoming session. There will be ups and there will be downs, but workers united will never be defeated.


As always, if you would like something to be included in future e-newsletters, just let me know at (608) 266-0455 or


In solidarity,


Tod Ohnstad
State Representative
65th Assembly District


Federal Appeals Court Allow Early Voting for Presidential Election

U.S. District Judge James Peterson struck down portions of Wisconsin's Voter ID that restricted when early voting could start and weekend in-person absentee voting. Judge Peterson noted laws that limited in-person absentee voting to one location, limited early voting hours, and eliminated weekend voting were unconstitutional. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Judge Peterson's ruling. Attorney General Brad Schimel and the Wisconsin Department of Justice are reviewing the 7th Circuit Order before making a decision on what to do next.


Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin Closes Fox Valley Abortion Clinic

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin will close their Appleton North Health Center, citing the high cost of security upgrades which would significantly outstrip the current assessed cost of the current facilities. This unfortunate closure leaves only three remaining abortion providers in Wisconsin: one in Madison and two in Milwaukee. 


School Is About To Start

With the new school year about to start, here are tips and resources for students and parents alike. Here are a few friendly "to do" reminders, along with links of interest:

  • Make sure you are set for school supplies for your child. KUSD school supply lists can be found HERE for early education through middle school students.

  • This is a great time to get important school dates on your family calendar. If you haven't gotten started yet, you can check out KUSD's event page. You can filter the events displayed by school to better identify which events and dates will affect your child's schedule.

  • The American Academy of Pediatrics has some great health and safety tips for families on topics ranging from making the first day of school easier to traveling to and from school to choosing the right backpack to issues of bullying.

As the 2016-17 school year kicks off, I want to wish every student, parent, and educator my very best wishes for a great school year!


Kenosha Day of Caring is September 17

Every year, the United Way of Kenosha County organizes a community Day of Caring. This is a day to positively impact the community with hands-on projects hosted by agencies throughout Kenosha County. Service projects range from family friendly activities, hands-on construction activities, one-on-one services and less labor intensive hands-on activities! This year, a special feature will be a large food packaging event for 150 volunteers to complete!


Volunteers will meet at Indian Trail High School, 6800 60th Street, Kenosha, WI, at 8:00am on the morning of Saturday, September 17th to sign in and receive their volunteer t-shirts. All volunteer projects will begin at 9am and wrap up by noon.


To view some of the available Day of Caring volunteer opportunities or to register ahead of time to participate, simply click HERE. Volunteers can register as an individual, a family, or a team.


Are you a local non-profit, school or organization that could use a helping hand on Saturday, September 17? Contact Erin Morey at for more information on how to submit a project.


ICYMI: Melville takes 34th in Rio

"Former UW-Parkside standout race walker Miranda Melville placed 34th in the women’s 20-kilometer walk on Friday at the Rio de Janeiro Games.

Melville crossed the finish line in 1 hour, 35 minutes, 48 seconds in the race that included 74 competitors."


Congratulations Miranda on participating in the Olympics!


Click HERE to read more from the Kenosha News.


See You At LaborFest

I am looking forward to this year's LaborFest, held again on the grounds at St. Therese. I hope you'll stop by to celebrate  There will be raffle prizes, beer tent and activities for the whole family.



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