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At the Somerset Village Board meeting last Tuesday, MSA Professional Services Project Engineer Charles Schwartz updated trustees on the search to replace well #4. Due to considerable levels of manganese in the water of existing well #4 and the costs associated with rehabilitating the well, the village decided to abandon the well and search for a new water source.
Somerset The Somerset High School 2017 Robotics team qualified to compete at the state competition for the fourth year in a row. Four of the school's seven teams made the trip to Madison in early March to see how they measured up against the state's best. "Somerset was represented well by all of our teams with two teams being nominated for the Sportsmanship Award and the Service Award. We also finished higher than we ever have in the skills competition," said Somerset Robotics Coach Eric Olson.
District Superintendent Dr. Mark Bezek told board members he is in receipt of 25 applications for the principal's position at the high school. "After going through them all, there are natural breaks from people with lots of experience to very little experience, but I see that we have four or five very good applicants. If you have 25 applicants, you're probably going to have six or seven that will be good interviews. We have four exceptional people that I think we'd be happy with," said Bezek.
Trustees heard from Stevens Engineer Angela Popenhagen, at their meeting Monday night as she briefly reviewed highlights of the Stormwater Management Plan she intended to submit to the Department of Natural Resources on behalf of the Village of Star Prairie. "Right now this is a still a draft. If you vote to approve it, your approval will still be contingent on comments from the DNR and Highway 64 Coalition both of whom still have an opportunity to comment on the plan," said Popenhagen.
Trustees opened the Roberts village wallet Monday night approving several street maintenance projects and the purchase of a new variable frequency drive (VFD) for well #2.
"We don't know what the impacts of climate change will be. To be ready for it, we need to have the tools in place to respond to short or long term changes in the climate. Once the egg moving technique is proven, within a year or two, we'll be capable of moving butterflies to newly restored areas. If things get hotter and dryer, and as populations become stressed, we can move the butterflies north as needed."
The Econofoods’ Direct Your Dollars program has been benefiting St. Anne’s School in Somerset for a number of years now. On Friday, Econofoods made another $1,000 donation to the school. “Every time parents turn in $150,000 worth of receipts, Econofoods very generously gives $1,000 to our school,” said St. Anne’s Principal Randall Stanke.
A year ago at 2:34 p.m. Feb. 15, fire departments from nine communities responded to a fire at 128 Main St. in Somerset, General Sam's Sports Bar & Grill. The fire closed Main Street for five hours and when the last truck departed at 10:30 p.m., Somerset Fire chief Travis Belisle declared the building a total loss.
I imagine "Jack" LaLanne, the Godfather of Fitness and the original exercise and nutrition expert might feel like he had died and gone to heaven were he to find himself standing amidst the product-filled shelves at New Richmond's FastForward Supplements (FFS). Small business entrepreneur Eli Foster, and business partner, Steve Korn, opened FastForward last August as a sister business to Korn's neighboring 24-hour fitness facility, Anytime Fitness.
MSA Professional Services Branch Manager Dave Rasmussen presented the details of a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) at a public hearing Tuesday night preceding the village board’s regular meeting. Rasmussen told trustees and residents the main purpose of this application is to obtain a matching funds grant to pay for the new well at site #5, but he encouraged citizens to help identify additional community development needs at the meeting.