Playoff Football: Rockets Travel to #1 Seed Brookfield Central on Friday

The South Milwaukee football team is playoff bound, although it faces a tough test in round one, as the eighth-seeded Rockets play at No. 1 seed (and 2017 WIAA state runner-up) Brookfield Central on Friday. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

South Milwaukee finished the regular season 5-3 despite losing its last two games, because of a loss-turned-victory over Milwaukee Lutheran due to a forfeit.

A highlight? South Milwaukee’s 27-0 Homecoming win over Cudahy in September. With the Rocket victory, Cudahy Mayor John Hohenfeldt lost our friendly bet, and he paid it off last night when he wore a Rocket football jersey to Cudahy’s city council meeting.

All in good fun.

Go Rockets!

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So, Where is Da Crusher Statue Going?


Here, at 11th and Milwaukee. And it’s the perfect location …

  • In the heart of our downtown, so we can prominently show off this soon-to-be fun and iconic part of our city;
  • City-owned, making upgrades to the site much easier to accomplish;
  • With adjacent parking; and
  • With built-in potential event space that’s already being used that way by the South Milwaukee Downtown Market and other events throughout the year.

I thank the South Milwaukee City Council for getting behind this at last night’s meeting, city staff for their review of the several options we looked at, and Chris Smith and Da Crusher Foundation for their continued support and partnership.

Next up: A more detailed design of the conversion of the southern portion of the parking lot to a “pocket park,” and then installation of the statue in summer 2019.

More details here. How ’bout that?!

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And don’t forget that the South Milwaukee Police Department publishes weekly crime updates on its Facebook page. They just published a new one yesterday.

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New Beginning for Key Corner: Demolition Underway on Former Amoco/BP Station

Demolition of the former Amoco/BP gas station is underway, paving the way for new life on a key blighted corner of the city.

The station closed more than five years ago, and the property has deteriorated since.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., which owns the property after the bank that previously owned it failed, decided it would be more cost effective — and provide a better redevelopment opportunity — for them to tear down the building, rather than undertake the significant repairs we were requiring.

This is a win for the city. A key parcel will now have a much better chance of redevelopment in the years ahead, potentially fueled by this site’s (very purposeful) inclusion in our new downtown Tax Incremental District No. 5.

Expect the parcel to listed for sale once there is full closure of the site by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, which has indicated will come in 2019. The underground fuel tanks have already been removed from the site.

The city is doing more than ever to encourage the improvement, redevelopment, rehabilitation, and reuse of underutilized and vacant properties. This is the latest one. It’s hard work, and we have more to do. But we’re doing it.

One demolished gas station at a time.

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Rocketober Update: Final Farmers’ Market, Femmes of Rock, Oak Creek Cleanup, Trek ‘n Treat and More!

It’s a busy week of family fun, starting with the final South Milwaukee Downtown Market of the season this Thursday.

Details below, on the Rocketober Facebook page and from each organization.

Here is more on the cleanup from the Friends …

Reminding you of an opportunity to help clean up the Oak Creek Watercourse this Saturday October 13th, 2018.  Our targeted area is: N Chicago Avenue west to Nicholson Avenue.  We meet at 8:00 am in the High School parking lot – a Tan Hyundai Sonata – where you’ll sign in, receive a safety vest to wear, some gloves, bags and a bottle of water.  If you have boots, grabbers etc..please bring them along.  You can even bring a change of clothes in case you get wet.  We work till around noon.  The Friends of the Mill Pond will sponsor the lunch which is at Grobschmidt Pool behind City Hall.  If your group does come, we ask that adults be present and participate too. Milwaukee County Parks will be picking up the garbage along the route.  If you are coming could you give me an estimate amount so we have enough food and drinks. (Email:

I love October in South Milwaukee!

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Feeding the Community: St. Mark’s Offering Free Pancake Breakfast

I love this. Thanks, St. Mark’s for stepping up! The next one is this Saturday.


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“My Million-Mile Journey”: Author Speaking Oct. 11 at Trinity Lutheran Church in South Milwaukee


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October 3, 2018 · 6:00 am