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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.
Considering buying or selling a house? A little gun shy from the last housing debacle? Curious about just how tight credit really is? Somerset Realtor, Amy McCune, has assembled a brand new team of professionals just in time to answer all your questions. She and her team have moved into the old tattoo parlor on the river at 103 Main St., Somerset. Gone are the black lights, needles and dragons, replaced with new carpet, fresh paint and new offices.
New Richmond Westfields Hospital & Clinic CEO Steve Massey addressed an audience eager to tour the latest additions and improvements to the hospital at a ribbon-cutting ceremony last Thursday evening. Massey offered thanks to his board members for their vision and support throughout the process, and to architects BWBR and Derrick Companies for their design and execution of the plan.
Somerset Tuesday, Jan. 31, will be remembered as the day student entrepreneurs rolled up their sleeves and got busy running their own retail store at Somerset High School. Fourteen students, enrolled in business and information technology instructor Jen Sutton's entrepreneurship class, joined representatives from the chamber of commerce, First National Community Bank, KB Custom Cabinets, Wittstock Builders, and Carpeting by Mike for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the store for business.
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).