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Elise Deppe, 19, had always had a fascination with Africa. "It pulls at my heart to see those commercials (of children suffering in Africa)," she said. Although the college student hadn't ever been out of the United States, she was determined to go with the Bridge Bible Church's missionary trip this summer to Kitale, Kenya. "I haven't learned the language, but I am learning about their culture," said Deppe in early July.
The Village of Somerset Board meeting on Tuesday, July 19, revisited an old discussion. On the agenda was a request to approve Rebecca Kappers, manager of the Apple River Liquor Store, as the agent for Apple River Solution LLC. "The recommendation died at the committee level," said Greg Sayers, chairman of the public safety committee. "The committee has no recommendation for the board." "You know how I feel about this," began Dave Carufel, board member.
Teenagers are sometimes unfairly generalized to be lazy, self-absorbed and oblivious the world around them. Those labels don't apply to the teens in the Rock Youth Group. Every year, the Rock Youth Group - based out of St. Anne's Church in Somerset - goes on a mission trip somewhere in the United States. This year, they elected to go to Boonesville, Ark.
Every year the Somerset Library hosts a children's reading program. However, despite the popularity, Norma Scott felt a change was in order. They decided to include teens and adults, too. "It seemed a shame that adults and teens were left out; we understand they read and we wanted to make it fun for them too," said Scott, head librarian. "We wanted to get to know them better and reward them for a job well done." Rhys Linke, 15, was one of those people.
Truant: one who is absent without permission. The term was widely applied to youth who were seen out and about in the community during school hours. In this day and age, that is not always the case. Thanks in large part to computers, students now have the option to take classes from home - and St. Croix Central is helping them do just that. SCC implemented virtual education and homeschooling programs last year: two full-time students and eight part-time students chose that option.
Historical romance fans may want to pencil the weekend of July 22 on their calendars. That Friday (9-5 p.m.), Saturday (9-4 p.m.) and Sunday (11-3 p.m.), New York Times bestselling author LaVyrle Spencer's home at 1530 Amundson Lane in Stillwater (on the Oak Glen Golf Course) will hold a moving sale. Peggy Grubbs and Associates, of Somerset, is handling the sale of the 8,500-square-foot house and its furnishings.
Samantha "Sam" Swanson, 17, hasn't been bored this summer. The Somerset teen isn't one to be idle anyway. Not when she plays softball, golf, is a member of the school book club, forensics, Girl Scouts and Friends Helping Friends group. The myriad of odd jobs she does for her family keeps her active. Now she has added one more group to her list: Venturing Crew 144. "It is so fun," said Swanson. "It's truly geared toward older kids." Venturing is a revamped version of the former Explorer program in the Boy Scouts of America.
Cathy Hamblin has been preparing for her current occupation since girlhood. "God had been grooming me for ministry since my first speaking contest in 4-H at age 9," said Hamblin. "I didn't understand and act on that call to pastoral ministry until many years later." Indeed, Hamblin's path to becoming the new pastor of the United Methodist Church of New Richmond has been a winding trail. She attended the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, majoring in marketing with a minor in public speaking.
The corner of Main and Spring Street will have one less bar. The building at 235 Main St. has seen many changes over the past few years. It had been MacDaddy's bar for a long-time before owner Fred Macalus decided to close it down. Since then it bore several name signs such as Country Nights, Club Metro, Bootlegger's and most recently, JohnnyRocks.
Last month the Village of Somerset board members decided not to buy the public works department new narrowband radios. This month they revisited their decision. At the Monday, June 20,board meeting, Ryan Sicard, public works committee chairman, brought the subject up for debate again. Sicard said that the Federal Communications Commission is requiring all agencies operating below 512 MHz move to the 12.5 kHz (narrowband) by Jan. 1, 2013.