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The second public informational meeting for the proposed storm water utility prompted some Somerset residents to question the purpose of the fee. Representatives from Cedar Corp. gave a slide presentation explaining the reason the village is considering the addition. Referencing a 2004 master plan of the Village of Somerset, it was determined that the village deposits approximately 350,000 pounds of solids into the Apple River each year. This is due to what the rainwater runoff collects from nonporous surfaces such as driveways and parking lots.
A building that had been damaged by a 2008 fire was deemed a public nuisance in Somerset. At the village board meeting on April 20, Police Chief Doug Briggs showed a slide presentation of the building and grounds at 122 Spring St. "The property is abandoned but we've had reports that its been entered by children," Briggs said. The property included a multi-family, two-story dwelling, as well as a converted garage in the back that was also used as an apartment.
For Maggie Beauvais, it has been a dream come true. "I always liked to bake and cook, and I imagined a little shop with mismatched chairs and tables -- a place where people could relax and enjoy each other's company," Beauvais said. On April 1, she opened Magpie Coffee House and Café at 701 Rivard St., Somerset. Formerly Café Latte, Beauvais bought the business from the previous owners when they decided to sell earlier this year. "When I heard this space was changing owners back in January 2009, I had expressed interest," Beauvais said.
The smoke crept over the grass, floating above the ground like a ghostly apparition. With the slightest change of wind, the smoke stood up and obscured the sun whirling like a tornado. Nearby, people stood in bright yellow overcoats and face masks, carefully watching the grass burn. Somerset Fire/Rescue, along with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, did a controlled burn of 29 acres at the site of the old Somerset landfill on Friday, April 9. Travis Belisle, chief of Somerset Fire/Rescue, said that this was the first time his department had been involved in a controlled burn.
It was a full house at the Roberts Village Board meeting on Monday, April 12. A point of discussion was the new Barn Board Saloon that is planning on moving into Miller's Corner. Police Chief Dan Burgess said that during a routine background check of the owners applying for a liquor license, it was discovered that the other business they owned had an impending criminal trial in Polk County. "It was mentioned that their liquor-licensed business in St. Croix Falls had some concerns about Mr. Kramer's involvement, although no one has been convicted at this point," Burgess said.
Somerset's annual Pea Soup Days festival is set for Friday, June 11, to Sunday, June 13, at the Village Park in Somerset. As usual, there will be carnival rides throughout the weekend, a water fight on Saturday afternoon, fireworks Saturday night, bands Playback on Friday night and Gel on Saturday and softball tournaments. The main parade will be Saturday, June 12, at 11 a.m., with line-up starting at 10 a.m. The parade will start at the Somerset School complex and head along Spring Street to the Village Park. The grand marshal has yet to be announced.
After two years of work, it has finally come to fruition.
I did something the other day that I hadn't done in a long time. In fact, I would have gone out of my way to avoid it altogether -- even just a week ago. I actually showed someone the inside of my van. As anyone with kids knows, all areas that grown-ups do not regularly sit in are kid terrain and thus the most messy.
Warm weather in Somerset means concert season is getting close. Country Splash, June 17-19, is in its third year being at Float-Rite Amphitheater.
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