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Changes coming to State of the City

The Rosemount State of the City address will be a little different this year. The event, in which mayor Bill Droste talks to residents about the city's affairs, will be sponsored by the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Rosemount Rotary Club.

With the Rotary club's involvement, chamber president Ruthe Batulis said the chamber decided to make some additional changes to fit the club's schedule. The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m March 25 at the Steeple Center.

"We wanted to offer the event to the broader community. Rotary co-sponsoring the event will help do that," said Batulis.

Rosemount Rotary president Stacey Bartelson said the club looks forward to getting involved with the event.

"The main thing is that Rotary is new to Rosemount and we want to become more known in the community," said Bartelson.

Batulis said several other Rotary Clubs in the county co-sponsor similar events.

In the past the annual event has been held in the morning at the Rosemount Community Center or at the Robert Trail Library. Droste said having the event at the Steeple Center will give the city a good opportunity to show of the its new event venue. Additionally, he said having it in the afternoon may allow more people to attend.

"I'll have to pay attention to what I say because people will be more awake," joked Droste.

Droste said his speech will address what happened in 2010, share some of the projects coming up in 2011 and highlight some of the volunteer efforts going on in town.

The event also will feature lunch for $9. Residents are not required to purchase lunch to attend the event.

The Chamber asks that those who plan to eat lunch RSVP to Michelle Tighe at 651-288-9202 or by Tuesday, March 22.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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