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It's never too early to start making Halloween plans. If you happen to be in the Somerset area the weekend of Oct. 30 and 31, you have a couple of spooky options. Haunted Hayride Saturday, Oct. 30 The Somerset Lions are sponsoring their first annual Haunted Hayride in Village Park down by the river. Geared toward participants 10 years and older, there will be two tractor-driven wagons that hold approximately 15-20 people at a time.
The main point of discussion at the joint meeting between the Town and Village of Somerset on Sept. 28 was the concert payment to the fire department. Terry Montpetit, former owner of the Float-Rite concert venue, had not paid the Village of Somerset for its services during the 2010 Country Splash concert in June. The property has since been sold at auction after filing for bankruptcy.
There may not be such thing as a free lunch, but there is such a thing as a free ride -- at least for participants in the Young Eagles program.
The traffic signal at Main and Spring streets was on the minds of the Somerset Village Board members at their monthly meeting Tuesday, Sept. 21. The signal had been hit over a month ago, prompting board members to agree that the turning radius on that corner is tight.
Xaro looks forward to going to work every day. He just celebrated his 14th birthday, which - in human years - makes him approximately 98 years old. "He's about 72 pounds; the vet said he is at his perfect weight and is in great shape," Somerset Police Sgt. Mike Kappers, Xaro's partner, said. "He loves to play ball; he acts just like a puppy." As a dog of the Belgian Malinois breed, he has a lean build and brown/copper coloring.
The Apple River looks pretty vacant now. Tubing season is over, and the community of Somerset is getting back to its normal population size. So how did Somerset weather another summer season? Somerset Police Chief Doug Briggs said this year from June 1 to Aug. 31 they had 454 incidents compared to 568 incidents for the same time last year. "We had a noticeable drop in serious incidents and this continues a trend that has been going on for the past seven years," Briggs said.
"How can something be up that is not legal?' Marge Wolske, a Roberts resident, asked board members at the Village of Roberts meeting on Monday, Sept. 13. She was referring to a fence erected by Peter Tharp at 105 W. Ash St. on June 31. He was elected to the board in the April election. The fence apparently infringes on a neighbor's property line.
Justin Wainner, 33, has joined the InkFreak team at 103 Main St. in Somerset as their newest tattoo artist. Wainner recently moved back to Stillwater, Minn.
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The Village of Somerset Planning Commission heard a couple of building proposals at its Thursday, Sept. 2, meeting. Greg Johnson of Select Senior Living in Lake Elmo, Minn. spoke about building a senior housing center on the two-acre parcel near Kohler and Sunrise drives. He said as a builder and developer, the housing market has been slow. He branched out a couple years ago into the senior housing market. Since then, he's built a 90-unit assisted living center in Minnesota and is just finishing a 48-unit complex in Wisconsin.