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Briefs: New village clerk, brewery permit, National Night Out poster contest

VILLAGE OF SOMERSET: Brewery permit approved

The Somerset Village Board approved a conditional use permit for Oliphant Brewery, which will operate at 350 Main St. in Somerset, at its May 20 meeting.

The brewery, owned and operated by Trevor Wirtanen and Matt Wallace, hopes to be open by June 1. It will be located adjacent to the Liquor Depot, occupying the southwest corner of the warehouse facing Depot Street.

Somerset Fire/Rescue chief Travis Belisle asked the men to ensure that the building’s sprinkler system is brought up to code.


VILLAGE OF SOMERSET: New village clerk appointed

Felicia Germain was appointed the Somerset Village Clerk by the Somerset Village Board at it May 20 meeting. She will begin her duties on Tuesday, May 27.


CITY OF NEW RICHMOND: National Night Out poster contest

The City of New Richmond will hold a National Night Out gathering at Mary Park from 6-8 p.m. on Aug. 5. At the New Richmond event, local fire, rescue, police and ambulance personnel will be on hand to answer questions and give demonstrations.

As part of the event, the New Richmond Public Safety Committee has organized a poster contest for children ages 5 to 18. Entrants must be residents of the City of New Richmond.

The theme for the poster contest is “Safe City.” The poster must incorporate “New Richmond National Night Out” in the design, and the poster should reflect elements that make a neighborhood or city safe. Posters should fit on one 8.5-inch by 11-inch letter size piece of paper. Posters can be horizontally or vertically oriented.

Awards will be given according to the following age groups: 5-7, 8-10, 11-13, 14-18.

Entries can be submitted at the Friday Memorial Library beginning June 2, until Aug. 1. One overall winning poster will be used as the official 2014 New Richmond National Night Out poster.

According to its website, National Night Out was established by the National Association of Town Watch in 1984 as “an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.”

For updates about the New Richmond event, visit


VILLAGE OF SOMERSET: Village sells land to ASM

After meeting in closed session on Tuesday, May 22, the Somerset Village Board unanimously approved selling a one-acre parcel in the industrial park to American Structural Metals, 777 Lehmann Way, for $5,000. The parcel, located next to ASM, will be used by the company for additional parking.

According to Somerset Village president Jeff Johnson, ASM will be adding more personnel due to a large contract, and will need the space to accommodate additional parking and equipment storage. A construction lease agreement was also approved, allowing ASM to being preparing the site before the sale is finalized.


VILLAGE OF SOMERSET: LaGrandeur extension gets green light

According to Cedar Corporation engineer Rob Jones, the Village of Somerset has been given the green light by the Wisconsin DNR to let bids for its planned extension of LaGrandeur Road through the Somerset Industrial Park.

The new segment of Lagrandeur Road, which will run north-south through the business park, will cut north from Lemire Road through a 20-acre parcel acquired by the village years ago for business park expansion, and intersect with 190th Avenue.

The DNR will allow the village to proceed with its preferred route, as long as special care is taken to minimize the impact of a small wetland, Jones said. Bids will be let in June, with construction planned for July.


ST. CROIX COUNTY: HHS to hold budget planning meeting

Residents of St. Croix County are invited to attend the public meeting sponsored by the St. Croix County Health and Human Services Board and Council on Aging and Disabilities to solicit public input on 2015 budget planning.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 10, at the St. Croix County Government Center (1101 Carmichael Rd., Hudson) in the County Boardroom. The St. Croix County Health and Human Services Board will be in session prior to the budget hearing.

Those unable to attend the meeting, can send written comments to St. Croix County Health and Human Services, (Attn: Colleen Linder) 1445 N. Fourth St., New Richmond, WI, 54017. Those who desire sign language, interpreter services or other needs, can contact Colleen Linder at 715-246-8235.


ST. CROIX COUNTY: County Parks Open House Weekend

St. Croix County will host a County Parks Open House Weekend on June 7-8

for all park visitors.

The Open House offers free vehicle admission for all visitors into the county’s three staffed parks: Glen Hills Park, Troy Beach and Homestead Parklands on Perch Lake. Additional fees still apply for camping, boat or canoe rentals, and group shelter rentals.

Discover and explore the St. Croix County Parks. Plan a family event to swim, fish, boat, hike, picnic or just relax.

For park locations, directions and a list of amenities available at each location visit the St. Croix County Parks website at then on the left sidebar select the desired park(s).


ST. CROIX COUNTY: Appliance, tire roundups set

The 2014 annual round-up for appliances and tires sponsored by the Saint Croix County recycling program will be held at several locations on Saturday, June 7.

The locations and times for the appliance program are as follows:

— Hudson: Public Works facility, Krattley Lane, North Hudson, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

— Woodville: Fire Hall, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

— Somerset: Town Hall, 748 Highway 35, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

With the exception of commercial and gas/ammonia units, the cost for all appliances is $5. Appliances which will be accepted include: air conditioners, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, stoves and ovens, clothes washers and dryers, dishwashers, microwave ovens, water heaters, furnaces, trash compactors and garbage disposals.

In addition, automotive batteries will be accepted at all locations at no charge.

Payment is by cash or check only. No credit card, debit card or invoices are allowed. If paying by check, the check should be payable to JR’s Appliances.

Electronics are not accepted at the appliance round-up. These include computers, monitors, printers, scanners, tablets, PDA’s, televisions, stereos, radios, boom boxes, fax machines, photocopiers, telephones and cell phones.

The locations and times for the tire round-up are as follows:

— Hudson: Public Works facility, Krattley Lane, North Hudson, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

— New Richmond: Richmond Town Hall recycling center, County Road A, Boardman, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

— Somerset: Town Hall, 748 Highway 35, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The costs for tire disposal are as follows:

— Cars up to 16” without a rim; $2

— Cars up to 16” with a rim; $4

— Trucks 17” – 22” without a rim; $4

— Trucks 17” – 22” with a rim; $8

— Tractors; $15

— Heavy equipment; $20

— Bicycles; 50 cents

Payment is by cash or check; neither credit cards nor debit cards will be accepted. If paying by check, it should be made payable to the host community: City of Hudson, Town of Richmond, or Town of Somerset.

Residents with questions about these collection programs are encouraged to contact Jon Tulman, recycling specialist, by calling 715-531-1907 or sending an email to


Compiled by The News staff