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Labor Day was initially started in the late 1800s as a celebration of the working class. At that time, the day featured parades, festivals and speeches by politicians. Nowadays, the holiday is more low-key, signaling the end of summer.
Somerset hosted its own version of a drive-in movie at the Village Park on Saturday, Aug. 28. The Somerset Chamber of Commerce presented the Dreamworks production of "Monsters vs. Aliens" on an inflatable screen tethered in left field of the baseball diamond. For $10 per vehicle, approximately 100 people camped out on the hill starting at 6 p.m. A bouncy castle provided entertainment prior to the show, as well as movie soundtracks over a loudspeaker system. Concessions were available, though people were allowed to bring their own snacks.
"I've been wrestling since I could walk." Knowing Mitch Grahovac, 21, that is not hard to imagine. Grahovac's maternal grandfather was a wrestling coach for 38 years in Cumberland.
Seniors will have a new opportunity to get out and socialize in September. Cornerstone Outreach Ministry for Seniors will present its first "Morning at the Movies" event at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept.
The issue regarding the building inspector for the Village of Somerset has been resolved. Board members had been considering the new building inspector's contract for the past few months. Brian Wert had been contracted by the Village of Somerset as the building inspector for approximately 10 years. When his contract came up for renewal earlier this summer, the board members were surprised to see that he raised his rates slightly. Wert had explained the increase was due to not having raised the rates last time his contract was approved, when the housing market was on the upswing.
Despite hosting Country Splash 2010 in June, Terry Montpetit, owner of the Float-Rite Concert Site in Somerset, declared bankruptcy in late May just before the property was put up for auction. Matt Mithun, of Orono, Minn., purchased the 57.57 acres last week. He is involved in commercial real estate and music festival production. His family owns the Soo Pass Ranch in Detroit Lakes, Minn. that is home to the WE Fest Country Music Festival. Mithun has been involved with the Soo Pass Ranch property for the past 10 years.
Although their business opened on Friday the 13th, co-owners Chris Langer and Jinx are hoping that the bad stigma of the day will not affect their place. InkFreak, located at 103 Main St. in Somerset, is a custom-art tattoo studio. "It's not a 'tattoo shop,'" Langer emphasized, "it's a 'studio' because it's all about the art." In fact, walking into the facility one immediately senses this is not a typical tattoo place. Dark wood covers the floors and the walls are painted a light burgundy.
Summer is a perfect time for getting outdoors and exploring nature.
A halfway house may be moving into the Village of Roberts' backyard. The proposed location on Highway 65 is actually located in Warren Township. However, the site backs up to the Hillcrest housing development in Roberts. According to Duana Bremer, director of Grace Place/Salvation Army in Somerset, Warren Township has already been notified of the proposal, but she wanted to get the Roberts Village approval. "We really want the support of the community," Bremer told the board at their meeting on Aug. 9.
The Salvation Army just finished its inaugural "Christmas in July" fundraiser. Throughout the month, volunteers rang bells while standing outside local businesses in Polk County. "We raised $23,000," said Duana Bremer, director of Grace Place/Salvation Army in Somerset. "We're really happy about that." Bremer said that they were trying the program in Polk County for the first year, but will expand to St. Croix County in 2011. "The demand for services has been so great that it's difficult to keep up," she continued.