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Somerset Elementary School Principal Darren Kern addresses his students on Friday, June 6, at the Spartan Send-off assembly, where he expressed his gratitude and appreciation for the last seven years. He will begin as principal of Independence Elementary School in Big Lake, Minn., on July 1. (Photo by Sarah Young)

Goodbye, Mr. Kern

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Somerset Elementary principal Darren Kern knows it will be hard to leave the school district on June 30 after seven years, but he is looking forward to his next academic adventure -- and a shorter commute.


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Sarah Young
Sarah Young joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News. She covers primarily Hammond, Roberts, Somerset and St. Croix County Circuit Court. Previously she free-lanced for the River Falls Journal, Hudson Star-Observer, RiverTown special publications and the Superior Catholic Herald. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish and French in 2001. She completed a minor in journalism in 2004. Before working at the New Richmond News, she was an assistant manager at Philander's Grill & Bar in Prescott. She lives in Prescott with her 2-year-old daughter Carolina.  
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