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A packed room applauded Village of Somerset trustees as they voted 3-1 Thursday night to revise the village's ordinance dealing with wild, exotic and dangerous animals. Trustees dropped Section 7-1-9 which refers specifically to "pit bulls." Back in July, trustees heard from resident and pit bull owner Shannon Luloff, and professional pit bull advocate Beth DeLaforest while making a case in favor of changing the ordinance which has been in place since 2000.
Following a closed session at their meeting Monday evening, Dec. 11, the Village of Hammond Board of Trustees announced it had accepted a request by Public Works employee Rich Cron, to step down as department lead effective Jan. 1, 2018. Trustees did not disclose a reason for Cronk's request and tabled any discussion to designate a new lead until they can gather more information. Cronk is expected to continue working for the department, just not in the position of lead.
Ready, set, party! No, really party, as in Super Bowl party! Super Bowl LII (52) is being promoted as the ultimate party, 10 days of non-stop, mind-blowing (possibly mind numbing) activities ranging from zip lining across the MIssissippi River to the 2018 Super Bowl Experience, a 500,000 square-foot interactive NFL themed games and activities park, to Super Bowl Live, a daily party featuring live music, food and uniquely Minnesota attractions.
Noah Wiedenfeld made good on his promise to the St. Croix Valley Chapter of the Salvation Army Friday, Dec. 15 shortly after 3 p.m. when he rang his bell for the last time completing a 26.2-hour marathon as a volunteer bell ringer outside the Walmart store in New Richmond. The Salvation Army's 30 Hour Marathon Ring for St. Croix County was able to bring in $77,382, with a wide variety of volunteers ringing bells at the red kettles in both New Richmond and Hudson.
City of New Richmond Finance Director Rae Ann Ailts presented council members with a proposal to use a portion of the money awarded to the city as a result of its insurance claims from last summer's hail storm, to fund three new forward-thinking initiatives.
Children young and old alike took advantage of fair weather last Saturday, Dec. 9 to do a little Christmas shopping and make sure Santa understood everything on their lists at the Christmas on Main event in Roberts. Members of the Roberts Lions Club assisted by Roberts Royal Ambassadors provided refreshments and help with Christmas crafts and letters to Santa during the jolly old elf's visit to the Park Building. Businesses along Main Street provided additional holiday craft opportunities for kids including gingerbread houses and ornaments.
Following a quiet public hearing last Wednesday, Dec. 6, the Village of Star Prairie Board of Trustees unanimously approved a tax levy for the 2018 budget of $234,435. The levy represents a roughly 1 percent increase from the 2017 levy and contributes to a total budget worth $354,267. For questions regarding the budget, contact the village hall. The Village finds itself looking to fill the considerable shoes of two of its most valued employees following the resignation of Police Chief Steve Lewis at Wednesday night's board meeting.
Following a brief public budget hearing Tuesday evening, Nov. 28, the Village of Somerset Board of Trustees unanimously approved a 2018 budget worth $1,991,017.39. Trustees also approved Resolution 2017-07 establishing a tax levy of $1,424,107, an increase of 2.49 percent. The new mill rate will be .009496, roughly $9.50 per $1,000 in property value.
Santa was a busy man this past weekend. Not only did he kick of the holiday season at New Richmond's Hometown Holidays Thursday, stopped in at Deer Park's Holiday Fair Saturday, but he also made time to visit little tykes in Star Prairie on Saturday, Dec. 2 also.