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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.
> Somerset's robotics program shined at the recent Somerset Robotics Tournament, part of the VEX Challenge, held Jan. 14 at the high school. Coach Eric Olson reported that it was an all Somerset Spartan Finals with Spartans 1 (Henry Thurber, Glenn Coerber, Kendra Castaneda, and Zac Cahanes) and Alpha Spartans (Izaak Newhouse, Cole Erickson, Colten Musta, and Dominic Abott) teaming up to defeat Spartans 6 (Ben Cahanes, and Dalton Gallaway) and Spartans 7 (Kian Rohow and Sam Schmoker).
Village of Roberts At a special meeting Jan. 19, Village of Roberts trustees listened to a proposal detailing how an inventive new green technology could be connected to their existing water treatment facility to enable the municipality to meet the stringent new phosphorus requirement set by the DNR to take effect Jan.1, 2019.
Somerset As part of an ongoing effort to solicit input and improve communication with community members, Superintendent Mark Bezek facilitated a wide-ranging discussion with members of core organizations about the future potential of Somerset and the roles each organization might play in that future. Bezek, with help from the Chamber of Commerce, invited representatives from the board of education, Village of Somerset Board, Town of Somerset Board, as well as students to a Saturday morning planning session at Bristol Ridge Golf Club.
Somerset At their meeting Tuesday evening, trustees approved the purchase of two new squad radios at a cost of $1,800 for the Village of Somerset police department. The radios were needed to enable the department to function effectively as part of the newly upgraded emergency communications network for St. Croix County due to become operational in April.
New Richmond Feeling anxious, worried about finances, family, the future? You are not alone. According to a recent survey by the American Psychological Association, the average adult stress level rose from 4.9 in 2014 to 5.1 on a 10-point stress scale. The number of U.S. adults reporting they were experiencing extreme stress grew from 18 percent to 24 percent in 2015.
The fifth annual Collin’s Community Hero Day took place Saturday at the New Richmond Fire Department. The event commemorates the death of 4-year-old Collin Fitzgerald in a snowplowing accident in 2012. Proceeds from a silent auction and donations are used to help pay for counseling fees and lost wages incurred by first responders exposed to traumatic events while serving.
Somerset Board of Education According to High School Principal Chris Moore, two Somerset High School students were expelled following hearings last week for drug related offenses. A third student elected to leave school voluntarily before facing an expulsion hearing. The two students are now enrolled in the district's expulsion protocol which could get them reinstated at a later date. Should the third student elect to re-apply to the district, an expulsion hearing would still need to take place at that time.
Village of Roberts At their meeting Monday night, trustees approved a plan to combine the refinance of an existing loan on a fire truck shared by the Roberts-Warren Fire Department and a new loan to pay for the village's portion of new air packs and compressors for the department.
Village of Star Prairie After 11 years at the helm of the Village of Star Prairie Department of Public Works, Maintenance Operator Brody Larson is moving on. Larson has accepted a position with St. Croix County. Jan. 27 is scheduled to be his last day working for the village.