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The first Fire and Ice event at the Starr Elementary School started out with fairly nice weather before the snow started late afternoon on Sunday, Feb. 14. Attendees were able to construct ice sculptures out of colored ice molds. Spray bottles of water were provided to "glue" them together into different configurations. At the other end of the outdoor skating rink, paint brushes and paint were set out for people to paint on the snow. Spray bottles of paint were also on hand to decorate the surrounding snowbanks. The "fire" of the event was provided by a fire pit beside the warming house.
As a highlight of the Catholic Schools Week, Bishop Peter Forsyth Christensen presided over Mass at St. Anne's Church on Wednesday, Feb. 3. Students from St. Bridget's School in River Falls, St. Patrick's School in Hudson, St. Mary's School in New Richmond and St. Anne's School in Somerset attended the 10 a.m. Mass. Christensen, who has 16 Catholic schools in his district, said he brought 16 rosaries when he visited Pope Benedict XVI in Rome and asked him to bless each one. Christensen said he asked each of the principals to submit a name from their second grade.
Snow was first and foremost on the minds of the Roberts Village Board members at their Feb. 8 meeting. Ethan Hofland, a senior from St. Croix Central High School, asked the board why they hadn't plowed the sidewalks in town.
Kids who are entering the NR4K program this fall will have another location to choose from. Inside Out Playground, 240 Wisconsin Drive in New Richmond, will host the Primarily Kids summer child care and 4K program during the 2010-11 school year. According to Darla Fehlen, owner of Inside Out, the partnership materialized from a comment during a field trip. "Amy (Belmont, owner of Primarily Kids) was here with some kids on a field trip a few months ago and we started talking," Fehlen began.
Although Christ Lutheran Church in Somerset is Kathy Tullman's first calling as pastor, she is not a novice. "I've had a wonderful experience to prepare me to become pastor in this time and place," Tullman said. "I had all kinds of involvement in all areas of the church so that allowed me to jump in as pastor of a church this size." Tullman said she had been involved with congregations her entire life, at times working as a parish education coordinator and serving on the church council.
Both the Village and Town of Somerset listened to a presentation about the proposed prairie park at the site of the old landfill during their joint meeting last week. The approximately 50-acre property is co-owned by the village and town, and has been out of use for years. Some ideas that had been suggested were to put soccer fields in or create a park with trails. However, it is official now: The site will revert to the prairie land it was hundreds of years ago. Jim Reamer, of U.S.
The Somerset Village Board meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 19, began with a short update about the proposed park at the former landfill. Lenny Germain, Somerset Town supervisor, helped coordinate a recent meeting at the site between members of the town, village, Department of Natural Resources, Somerset Fire/Rescue and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. He provided the village board members with a recap of the meeting. "The U.S. Fish & Wildlife is very interested in working with the village and township to bring back the prairie," Germain said.
It has been almost two years since Liquor Depot left its residence of 25 years in downtown Somerset. Now, according to owner Mary Wallace, the store is back where it belongs. As of Jan. 17, the Liquor Depot moved its inventory from 830 Rivard St.
For the second year in a row, the St. Croix Economic Development Corp. has chosen a Somerset company as one of its three Businesses of the Year. Scientific Molding Corp. Ltd. was selected as the 2009 Business of the Year in the category of 30 or more employees. Other winners were NCCM Company of River Falls - 2009 Emerging Business of the Year (being in business for five or fewer years), and Baldwin Telecom Inc. of Baldwin - 2009 Small Business of the Year (29 or fewer employees). "The 2009 winners share many common traits," said Patti Robertson, president of SCEDC.
About 20 people attended a brainstorming meeting at the site of the former Somerset landfill on Thursday, Jan. 14. Members of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Village of Somerset, Town of Somerset, Somerset Fire/Rescue, Department of Natural Resources and Prairie Enthusiasts met to discuss possibilities for revitalizing the 50-acre area. Joel Kemm, fire specialist with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, addressed the crowd about what his organization could do for the property. "We've walked portions of this area and we have habitat in mind," Kemm said.