Sgt. Eric Klinkhammer places journalist Jeff Zampanti into his squad car. Zampanti got a personal walk-through of the arrest process as an investigation into a Curious Kenosha question. ( SEAN KRAJACIC )
These words, if coming from local law enforcement, typically follow a one-way trip to the Kenosha County Jail. Whether it’s your first time or 100th time being arrested, wearing handcuffs in the back of a squad car can be frightening and horribly uncomfortable.
An anonymous Curious Kenosha visitor asks “With so many crime shows on TV, what is it actually like when someone gets arrested? What is jail like in K-town? How many arrested daily?”
Kristen Kornkven, center, talks about the history of Simmons Library. ( SEAN KRAJACIC )
From a small, leather-bound book on genealogy published in 1851 to a very large electronic sensor-driven book return system, Kenosha’s public library system has it all.
Cataloging the highlights and tracing the history of the Kenosha Public Library is our starting point as we delve into the reader-inspired Curious Kenosha questions: “What is the history of our library system?” and “How long have we had four locations?”
A lifelong Kenosha resident and self-acclaimed “book junkie,” Jennifer Burns, 51, was curious not only about how Kenosha’s libraries came to be, but how they have continued to grow and thrive.
An anonymous Curious Kenosha visitor asks: “How did the village of Silver Lake find, have, misplace or hide almost $2.8 million found in eight accounts recently?”
Municipal accounting varies by municipality, and is inspected by independent audit firms on a regular basis. The roughly $2.8 million referenced in the question did not cause any red flags during the most recent village audit and was not misdirected or overlooked, said Village Clerk Vicki Galich.
It is the amount of general fund money divided between eight different bank accounts established prior to Galich being appointed clerk.
A Bradford logo adorns the turf inside the new stadium at Bradford High School. The new stadium was built with funds approved in a referendum. ( KENOSHA NEWS FILE PHOTO BY BILL SIEL )
An anonymous Curious Kenosha visitor asks: “If there was $4.3 million surplus in the school budget, why did us taxpayers have to vote and fund the new Bradford Stadium and Tremper (athletic facilities improvements)?”
While non-aficionados of fast-food chicken nuggets might be inclined to say, “Nuggets is nuggets,” the dollars that go into funding the Kenosha Unified School District budget — or really any other properly planned budget for that matter — can’t be thought of the same way.
That is, funding approved for one expenditure can’t typically be used to pay for a different expense altogether, particularly not without likely creating a chain reaction of financial complications that could lead to serious negative consequences for schools, students and, yes, us taxpayers.
Boyles Ice House, which was on the main rail line through Salem and Silver Lake. The rail stoppedr unning in May 1939. ( Image courtesy of Valentine digital collection )
Whether it is because Italian families historically accounted for a strong segment of Kenosha’s early population, or because we just find the combined textures and flavors of melted cheese, savory sauce and oven-crisp crust irresistible, pizza has long played a dominant role in Kenosha’s culinary scene.
A curious Kenosha News reader had a thought about coffee:
“I guess I am too frequent a customer,” wrote Pete Wicklund. “And maybe I'm spoiled. But five Starbucks along or just off Highway 50? Yet we have nothing along Highway 31 between Highway 158 and Washington Road?”