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Somerset Good ideas have a way of finding their way around different school districts. Such is the case with the new mentoring program started this past spring at Somerset High School by school counselor Jenna Evenson. School Board member Patty Schachtner, a participant in a mentoring program related to STEM curriculum in the Hudson School District, suggested Evenson look into the program as a possibility for the Somerset district.
Somerset Community members young and old alike gathered at the Somerset Middle School for the Annual Somerset Fine Arts Festival on Thursday, Feb. 23. The evening featured an inspired assortment of 2D and 3D art along with live musical performances by all of the district's choirs and bands.
A year ago, if you wanted to add ink to your collection, you had to travel elsewhere. Then in June, Youth Gone Wild opened and now tattoo artist Austin Krauss has opened InkJunki at 223 S. Knowles Ave. Friends since high school, Krauss and piercer Derrick Madaris decided it was the right time and New Richmond was the right place to hang their shingle. "I've always wanted to own my own shop. I just needed the experience and to be able to save up enough money," said Krauss.
New Richmond Community members young and old alike gathered at the New Richmond High School art/ceramics studio last Saturday for what has become an annual tradition, the Empty Bowls Community Bowl Building Day.
At their meeting Wednesday evening, Feb. 22,, trustees reviewed a proposal by MSA Professional Services engineer Chuck Schwartz to drill a test well at site #5 south of the elevated water reservoir on Tower Drive. Should the new well site and test specifications receive WDNR approval, the data would be included in a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) application intended to help cover the costs to complete a new well to replace Well #4. Well #4 has been pumping sand and water contaminated with unacceptable levels of manganese.
Somerset Superintendent Dr. Mark Bezek confirmed Monday night he was not at liberty to release any information pertaining to Chris Moore’s absence as principal at the high school. Bezek said Moore was not fired. Bezek remarked that the situation is fluid and that for the time being he and Director of Pupil Services Shannon Donnelly are fulfilling the principal’s responsibilities. “I really don’t have anything I can say. Right now, I am spending time over there along with our director of pupil services, Shannon Donnelly. I have no timeline on this. I don’t know exactly where this is headed.
With elections looming just six weeks away, members of the Somerset Board of Education had their collective feet held to the fire by community members at the Feb. 20 meeting. Somerset resident Chad Mecl delivered a sincere, thought-provoking appeal to members of the Board of Education to revisit their recent closed session decision to terminate math teacher Richard Thompson.
At their meeting Monday night, Village of Roberts trustees approved a recommendation from their Public Works Committee to add the Clearas algae technology treatment option to their facility plan. SEH, Inc. expects to have the revised plan ready for a public hearing before the end of March. Pending a public hearing to review the revised facility plan including the Clearas option, the board would be able to approve and submit the revised plan to the DNR for review within the next 60 to 90 days.
Village of Star Prairie The Village of Star Prairie found itself in a pinch during the recent snowfall with the dump truck not working and being between maintenance operators with Brody Larson moving over to the county crew and new hire Bob Anez not quite in place yet. Luckily a call from trustee Craig Matthys to Jeff Johansen roused the Alden town board, which approved one of its trucks to help clear village streets.