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Somerset heightens autism awareness

Somerset Village President Jeffrey Johnson proclaimed April Autism Awareness Month in Somerset at the village's regular board meeting Tuesday, March 26.

In his proclamation, Johnson said autism, a developmental disorder affecting social, learning and behavioral skills, has increased in prevalence in recent years. As many as one in 88 children in the United States are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The Somerset School District is heading up an awareness effort to educate the community about autism. Johnson's proclamation is in recognition of that effort. In the proclamation, he also urged the community to participate in Somerset's Autism Awareness Month activities and learn more about Autism Spectrum Disorder.

In other business:

• The board voted to approve a certified survey of two lots on First Street. The owner of the lots is proposing to merge the two lots.

• The board agreed to move their next meeting to April 23, to allow the public works staff time to collect bids for work on Laser Drive. Village consulting engineer Robert Jones, Cedar Corp., said Laser Drive is ready for resurfacing and updated utilities.

Gretta Stark

Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.

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