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Three little bouncer seats line the living room floor of the Van Weiderhofts' house in Somerset.
In 2008 when Somerset Drug opened its doors in the new River Hills Commons business park, owner Ken Nelson thought it was the start of a trend. At the time, the two new buildings would house several businesses -- Liquor Depot was the other occupant. However, the park did not grow much beyond that. "I think it was a combination of things," Nelson said.
It dawned on me the other day that I've been alive for almost four decades. Wow. While some people may be embarrassed to admit they are almost 40, I am actually proud and amazed I've lived so long. Of course, that doesn't stop my daughters from pointing out how much things have changed since I was in middle school (besides the fact that I had to walk 10 miles uphill to school in 5 feet of snow). Music Michael Jackson was "the" person when I was in junior high. I remember being scared of watching the "Thriller" video on MTV (back when they actually played music videos all day).
The Country Splash concert weekend in mid-June may have gone off without any major incidents, but the aftereffects are still being felt. At the finance meeting preceding the monthly Village of Somerset Board meeting on Thursday, June 24, the committee announced that a check from Archie's of Minnesota LLC, the company that sponsored the concert, was returned for insufficient funds. The check was for approximately $14,000, which was an estimation from the village as to what it would cost to staff extra police officers and other administrative costs associated with the concert.
Ah, the lazy days of summer. However, as anyone with children knows, sometimes they just have to get outside and burn off some energy. Instead of letting them scale your walls and swing off the curtains, head to any one of the local playgrounds in the area. Some may have water fountains, but just to be safe bring a bottle.
The results are in: Pea Soup Days was a financial success. The first fundraising event of the weekend was the 5K run on Thursday, June 10.
At least one weekend a year, the population of Somerset swells to roughly 20 times its normal amount of 2,300. According to Larry Barr, producer at the Float-Rite concert site, there were about 40,000-45,000 people attending Country Splash over the weekend of June 17-19. "It's been pretty equal to what we had last year," Barr said.
The Roberts Village Board covered a variety of topics at its Monday, June 14, meeting. Scott Gerhardt, board member, opened the meeting with a question about the village's stray cat issue. Roberts Police Chief Dan Burgess said that since the animal shelters have closed, the department has no means to do anything with them in an official capacity. "So, as a homeowner, can we take care of them ourselves?" Gerhardt asked. "I won't promote anyone to be in the street with a .22," Burgess said.
It was a sunny, yet windy day on Wednesday, June 9. "It could be a blessing, or a hindrance," said David Dunleap, as he adjusted his bike helmet outside the Somerset Fire Hall. Dunleap, 54, was one of several Somerset residents participating in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, which started in Superior at 7:30 a.m. and ended in Allen Park in Chippewa Falls by 4 p.m. The Somerset leg began around 9:30 a.m. at the Fire Hall on Highway 35.
The 2010 Apple River Country Splash and Music Festival has kicked off in Somerset. The three-day concert, held at the Float-Rite concert arena at 715 Spring St., feature many big-name acts such as Zac Brown Band, Travis Tritt, Tanya Tucker, Lee Ann Womack and Joe Nichols. Music runs Thursday through Saturday, June 17-19. Organizers were keeping an eye on a line of thunderstorms that were moving into the Twin Cities around 4 p.m. Thursday.