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The main topic of the Somerset Village Board meeting on May 25 was the interim conditional use permit issued to Archies of Minnesota LLC, Terry Montpetit, for the Float-Rite Country Splash concert the weekend of June 17-19.
Maurice Baillargeon has been selected as the Somerset Pea Soup Days 2010 grand marshal. Baillargeon, 91, was selected by the Somerset Chamber of Commerce and Somerset Lions. Both organizations are sponsoring the parade. "He's been involved with Somerset for a long time," said Casey Goessl, Somerset Chamber of Commerce president. "We brainstormed with the Lions and felt he would be a good candidate." Baillargeon was born Nov. 27, 1919. He graduated from high school in 1939 before joining the Army in 1942.
There's a new face at the Somerset Post Office. For the time being, at least. Dan Pittman is serving as the interim postmaster for the facility since Pete Boetcher retired on May 1. Although he lives in River Falls, he has worked at the Roberts Post Office since June 2004. Another postmaster is filling the Roberts position while he is in Somerset. Pittman said that he has filled in for other locations before, most recently in Minneapolis for a year. "This is a really great office," Pittman said.
It had once been a thriving facility, one of many in Somerset's bustling summer community. However, for the past five years, Apple River Campground has sat empty. "There were nine campgrounds and tubing businesses in Somerset during the 1980s," said Jeff Taylor, general manager of the new Apple River Family Campground. "Last year, there were only two." Add a couple more to that list.
Clint Eastwood's face from "The Outlaw Josey Wales" squints menacingly from one corner. Another space is occupied by his character from "Hang 'em High." Below are a string of cowboys on horseback, a gallows and tumbleweeds. Although the obvious tribute is to Eastwood, the conception and execution pay homage to another man: local tattoo artist Mike Latessa. Latessa, 28, recently opened Latessa Tattoo at 124 Spring St. in Somerset. He has put in more than 20 hours working on the Eastwood collage on the back of Mike Kjonaas, 35, of St.
The Somerset school board meeting on Monday, May 17, was packed with students and their families. Members of the forensics team, vocal ensembles, instrumental ensembles and Destination Imagination teams were recognized by the school board for their hard work in getting to state-level competitions.
St. Anne's students braved the cold on Wednesday, May 5 to pay homage to the Virgin Mary. Each student placed a carnation in the basket at the base of the statue, then a crown of flowers was placed upon the head. May is the month that has been traditionally devoted to honoring the Virgin Mary in the Catholic religion.
The May meeting of the Village of Roberts Board presented a wide variety of topics ranging from empty lots to trail markers. During public concerns portion of the meeting, Nate Stork, board member, asked about the empty lots that are overgrown with weeds. Willard Moeri, village president, said that the ordinance states that any lot that has weeds taller than 8 inches needs to be mowed. However, foreclosed lots provide some hurdles. "You have a lot of paperwork and hoops to jump through when you deal with foreclosures," said John Bond, public works director.
It is official: The site of the old Somerset landfill is now called "Parnell Prairie Preserve." The name was announced at the joint town and village of Somerset meeting last week. "We decided not to put 'park' in the name because then people will think of ballparks," said Lenny Germain, town supervisor and member of the preserve committee. "Parnell" refers to the family who originally owned the 50-acre parcel. Twenty-nine acres were burned on April 9 to clear the land for restoring native prairie grasses.
No one can accuse Scott Swenson of not having car sales experience. "I sold my first car when I was 10 years old," Swenson said with a smile. "My parents owned a car dealership, so you can say it was born into me." Swenson and his business partner Joe Christy own the new Somerset Sales and Leasing, 534 County Road VV in Somerset. They are both new to the Somerset area: Swenson and his wife live in Buffalo, Minn., and Christy and his family live in Forest Lake, Minn.