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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.
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.
For those who prefer a more sophisticated day trip or night out, there are a number of venues available in the area, depending on your tastes. Touring wineries, breweries and distilleries provides glimpses of the behind-the-scenes production of wine, beer and spirits, respectively. Some businesses have scheduled tours, while others request that you call for an appointment. All businesses listed are within a 40 minute drive of New Richmond. Wine Chateau St. Croix, 1998 A State Road 87, St. Croix Falls.
The quarterly meeting between the Town of Somerset and the Village of Somerset on Tuesday, July 27 focused on an incident at the Fire Hall during Pea Soup Days. According to Travis Belisle, Somerset Fire/Rescue chief, after the water fights in downtown Somerset some beer was available for those fire department members older than 21 as a gesture of camaraderie. "It was back in the storage room -- not out here in public view," Belisle said. "We had 6-7 sober people here for calls and St. Joe (Fire/Rescue department); we were covered," he continued.
When the engine went out on the Somerset Police Department's 2000 Ford Expedition recently, the department was faced with a problem. It happened that the vehicle was the transport for the K-9 unit: Sgt. Mike Kappers and dog Xaro. The vehicle was not scheduled to be replaced until 2012, but at the Village of Somerset Board meeting on July 21, they decided to move up the date. Police Chief Doug Briggs told the board that selecting the vehicle was tricky. "We don't know how long Xaro is going to work," Briggs said of the 13-year-old dog.
My husband and I had a date night the other evening. Since our kids are gone visiting their grandparents, I decided to take up my friend's offer to go see the Arch Allies group play at the Fun Fest. It was a rare chance for my husband and I to get out. It had been a while since we attended a concert together; I think the last one was seeing Alice Cooper back in the 1990s.
The Traiser family has another lasting connection with Somerset. Charles F. Traiser and his wife MaryAnn recently purchased two memorial pavers honoring paternal family. "I heard they (the Old Town Hall committee) needed money to restore the Town Hall and I figured this would be a good way to honor our ancestors," Traiser said. "Plus we had been friends with Helen Landry for 55 years," MaryAnn added. The garden at the Old Town Hall is named after Landry. The pavers were installed earlier this summer.