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The March 16 Village of Somerset Board meeting was very efficient. At 15 minutes, Pam Donohoe, village clerk, commented that it was the shortest official board meeting that she could remember. Although the meeting was brief, the trustees discussed granting Kindustries LLC, owner of the new Bootlegger's Bar at 235 Main St., a liquor license. Greg Sayers, public safety chairman, said that though they were able to approve changing the liquor agent from the previous MacDaddy's occupant to new owner Chad Schmitt, they would not be able to immediately grant the liquor license. "If we don't get i
Who said parenting was a thankless job? Not Ashley Cochran, a New Richmond mother of two. She was named MSN's Parent of the Month for February. "I only told a few people - I didn't want to get too excited until the article got out there," Cochran said. "Then I sent it out to every single family member and friend I've ever known my whole life." Cochran said she follows "The Family Room," a blog posted by Jeremy Greenberg at the lifestyle.msn.com Web site. Cochran is a administrative assistant for Pressenter in Hudson.
The Village of Somerset board meeting on Feb. 23 started off with a public comment. Mark Vanasse, Somerset resident, questioned why Float-Rite's concert hours were being extended from midnight to 1 a.m. "The bar is open on the concert grounds until 1 a.m. to allow a more orderly exodus from the grounds," explained Greg Sayers, board member.
Like an athlete for the Olympics, Dana Carlson is preparing herself for the most important competition in her life so far. The goal: To become the national winner of the Music Teachers National Association and earn $2,000 in prize money to help pay for college. Carlson, a senior at Somerset High School, has been preparing for this competition for two years - at least, that is how long she has been working on the four songs she'll perform. "It really is like an athlete," Carlson said, "the training is similar just different parts of the body." She is no stranger to competition.
Barry Breault was well-known as the long-time owner of Ben's Bar at 235 Highway 35/64 in Somerset. However, he also made his mark in Somerset government, having been involved with the Somerset Village Board for more than 14 years. According to Pam Donohoe, Somerset village clerk, Breault served on the board from April 1, 1985-June 15, 1999. He also served two years on the board previously from 1982-1984. Breault, 58, died at his home Wednesday, Feb.
The first Fire and Ice event at the Starr Elementary School started out with fairly nice weather before the snow started late afternoon on Sunday, Feb. 14. Attendees were able to construct ice sculptures out of colored ice molds. Spray bottles of water were provided to "glue" them together into different configurations. At the other end of the outdoor skating rink, paint brushes and paint were set out for people to paint on the snow. Spray bottles of paint were also on hand to decorate the surrounding snowbanks. The "fire" of the event was provided by a fire pit beside the warming house.
As a highlight of the Catholic Schools Week, Bishop Peter Forsyth Christensen presided over Mass at St. Anne's Church on Wednesday, Feb. 3. Students from St. Bridget's School in River Falls, St. Patrick's School in Hudson, St. Mary's School in New Richmond and St. Anne's School in Somerset attended the 10 a.m. Mass. Christensen, who has 16 Catholic schools in his district, said he brought 16 rosaries when he visited Pope Benedict XVI in Rome and asked him to bless each one. Christensen said he asked each of the principals to submit a name from their second grade.
Snow was first and foremost on the minds of the Roberts Village Board members at their Feb. 8 meeting. Ethan Hofland, a senior from St. Croix Central High School, asked the board why they hadn't plowed the sidewalks in town.
Kids who are entering the NR4K program this fall will have another location to choose from. Inside Out Playground, 240 Wisconsin Drive in New Richmond, will host the Primarily Kids summer child care and 4K program during the 2010-11 school year. According to Darla Fehlen, owner of Inside Out, the partnership materialized from a comment during a field trip. "Amy (Belmont, owner of Primarily Kids) was here with some kids on a field trip a few months ago and we started talking," Fehlen began.
Both the Village and Town of Somerset listened to a presentation about the proposed prairie park at the site of the old landfill during their joint meeting last week. The approximately 50-acre property is co-owned by the village and town, and has been out of use for years. Some ideas that had been suggested were to put soccer fields in or create a park with trails. However, it is official now: The site will revert to the prairie land it was hundreds of years ago. Jim Reamer, of U.S.