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53 photos showing what life has been like in Racine County throughout this infamous year: 2020

53 photos showing what life has been like in Racine County throughout this infamous year: 2020

It's been a crazy year, from protests to a pandemic to running out of toilet paper to health care workers saving lives as they're pushed to their limits. Here's what 2020 looked like in southeastern Wisconsin.

Photos by Adam Rogan, Stephanie Jones, Gregory Shaver, Christina Lieffring, Lauren Henning, Terry Flores, Sean Krajacic, Dave Fidlin, Mark Hertzberg, Eric Johnson and Caitlin Sievers.


Caitlin Sievers covers education in Racine County with a primary focus on Racine Unified School District. Before moving to the Racine area she worked at small papers in Indiana, Illinois and Nebraska.


Christina Lieffring covers the City of Racine and the City of Burlington and is a not-bad photographer. In her spare time she tries to keep her plants and guinea pigs alive and happy.

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Stephanie Jones is the managing editor for The Journal Times. To stay informed about what is going on in Racine County, subscribe at It's only about 10 cents per day for a digital subscription.

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Rep. Jimmy Anderson, a Fitchburg Democrat who has only 20% to 30% lung capacity because he’s paralyzed from the chest down, told Up North News last week, "As someone with significant lung issues, a respiratory illness like COVID-19 could easily kill me." He called the lack of a mask mandate “irresponsible.”

State Rep. Ted Ohnstad, D-Kenosha, is currently suffering from COVID-19 (although his symptoms so far have been mild) and his quarantine won’t be over until at least Jan. 6, meaning — if he can’t participate virtually — he will be unable to participate in a few perfunctory votes, including the setting of the schedule and election of assembly speaker scheduled for Jan. 4.

Should his symptoms worsen or last longer than expected, he doesn't know what he'll be able to do to represent his constituents should virtual participation continue to be banned.

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“Joyce had a charm, wit, and undying love to those who were her friends and family,” the former Mrs. Wisconsin's children said in an email following her Nov. 5 passing from COVID-19. “She was simply an amazing mom, filled with a zest and zeal for life, all bundled up into one marvelous package. She was the first to compliment a person and make them feel good. This included family and friends – and even total strangers. Seeing others smile provided her great joy. She loved giving gifts to her family, and even strangers. She was just that kind of person.”

WATCH NOW: RUSD will be implementing measures the CDC recommends, like social distancing, masking and contact tracing. “We need to look at cost to children of being out of school,” said Health Services Director Kimberly Granger.

However, RUSD Chief Operating Officer Shannon Gordon reported that 24 class periods within Unified middle and high schools and three elementary school classrooms will be unable to physically distance students six feet apart, which is what the CDC recommends.

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