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.
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The Rosemount City Council approved a feasibility report Tuesday for the city's 2012 street improvement project.
The Rosemount Area Girls Scouts will host a craft fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 12 at Red Pine Elementary School. And while the event is a fundraiser for Girls Scouts, it's also a whole lot more. "It's really a chance for the girls to learn to make and create a product and then sell it," said Girl Scout spokesperson Amanda Grayson. "It's the chance to run a small business." More than 16 troops from the Rosemount area will participate. Each troop will create a different craft to sell.
Judge Karen Asphaug rejected the defense that Jonas Grice could not distinguish between right and wrong when he shot Anthony Hartman in a Rosemount car wash in July 2010. Asphaug handed down the ruling Oct. 26. That means 28-year-old Grice faces up to 40 years in prison for the murder. A two-day sentencing hearing will be held Jan. 4 and 5.
It's hard to believe the economic crisis in Greece could affect Rosemount directly but it did. On Tuesday the council approved bids for a bond to construct roads and utilities for Pestwick 2nd and 3rd additions. Springsted representative Terri Heaton said because of the wild market fluctuations Tuesday due to Greece deciding to hold a referendum on a bailout package, the interest rates for the bond came back lower than what Springsted analysts had originally anticipated. Springsted opened bids for the project Tuesday morning. The city council approved the low bid from United Bankers Bank.
Randy Buendorf thought that there must be a way to better connect with his neighbors. He thought a website would be a good idea, but had no experience in creating one. And then his 12-year-old son encouraged him to take on the task and offered to help. The result is www.neighborconnects.com . Buendorf and his wife, Karen, started out recruiting five of their neighbors to sign up in April 2010. Now 42 households in his neighborhood have registered with the site. The success of the site has actually inspired other neighborhoods to connect as well. The website divides neighborhoods into zones.
The Dakota Communications Center will do a mass notification call Nov. 1. Before that, officials want residents to be aware that they can sign up to be notified in the case of emergencies in the area. The DCC operates the Emergency Alert System. The system allows the DCC to notify people of emergencies such as gas leaks, pandemics, floods, nuclear situations and other disasters, said DCC operations director Cheryl Pritzlaff. The Nov. 1 call will be a test of the system. Pritzlaff said the center changed vendors and wants to make sure things are working properly.
Amy Jants has experienced the power of House of Hope. The program, which helps teens overcome destructive behaviors, helped her daughter through a tumultuous time. Jants appreciates what the program did for her family and now she wants to make it available to other Twin Cities families. That's why she has joined in the effort to get a house established in the Twin Cities. "We have a lot of teenagers in the Twin Cities that could benefit from House of Hope," said Jants. House of Hope is a national organization that started in Orlando, Fla.
The University of Minnesota turned on its new research wind turbine Tuesday with a ceremony at the UMore Park site. Hundreds of people turned out for the event. The Eolos Wind Energy Research Consortium is an industry-academic consortium led by project director Fotis Sotiropoulos.
Judge Karen Asphaug rejected the defense that Jonas Grice was mentally ill when he shot Anthony Hartman in a Rosemount car wash in July 2010. Asphaug handed down the ruling earlier today. That means the 28-year-old faces up to 40 years in prison for the murder. Grice pleaded guilty to second degree murder in early October for the July 12, 2010 incident, but he maintained his right to a mental illness defense. Grice has a history of mental illness including a civil commitment in 2007.
A new Sprint Store opened in Rosemount Oct. 1. While it was slow going at first, when the iPhone 4S came out Friday, life at the store got a little more hectic. "We've been really busy," said assistant manager Brian Cody. Store manager Joey Aunan said it can be hard to open a new cell phone store because people are so used to going to the same places. However, the release of the new iPhone - available for the first time on Sprint -- seems to have people curious enough they are willing to leave their comfort zone. "It's kind of funny," said Aunan.