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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Property owners in School District 196 can sigh some relief as the school share of their taxes will remain about the same. The school board approved its preliminary levy Monday night. "There should be no tax increase in school taxes as a result of this levy," said district finance director Jeff Solomon. The board approved a $ 75.76 million levy limit for 2012. The number is a 3.38 percent or $2.65 million reduction from last year. The preliminary numbers are due to the county by Oct. 7.
As far as Bruce Bentley is concerned, traditional churches aren't reaching many new people. And he wants to change that. Bentley, along with a small group of people, has started City on a Hill Church. The mission of the church is to reach out to people on their own turf. "As we grow, we hope we will be known as a church that doesn't wait for people to come in its doors but seeks to become the church living and active in the lives of our friends outside the doors," said Bentley.
School District 196 announced today that Scott Miller, a senior at Rosemount High School, was named a National Merit Semifinalist. In all 16 students from District 196 were named as finalists. According to a press release, students were selected as National Merit semifinalists based on their scores on the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which they took as juniors. Approximately 1.5 million students in nearly 22,000 U.S.
Last fall the Rosemount Parks and Recreation department started a costume exchange program. It was a huge success, and parks supervisor Lisa Maurer hopes the department can build on it this year. So far the parks and recreation department has collected 90 costumes. Maurer hopes to collect more before the Oct. 7 deadline. The idea is, if you donate a costume, you get one back free of charge. So last year's vampire can be a fairy princess this year. People who donate costumes will be able to choose a different costume during open houses Oct.
Saint Francis of Assisi loved animals great and small. The gentle man believed all creation was a manifestation of God's beauty. On Oct. 1, St. Joseph's Church will celebrate the life of St. Francis by holding a Blessing of Animals. The event will occur the Saturday before the Saint's feast day, which is Oct. 4. Director of liturgy Bill Bradley said the event is open to the public and organizers hope to draw animals and owners of all shapes and sizes to be blessed. All animals are welcome.
Students in District 196 schools performed better than their peers statewide at all levels on the most recent Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment math and reading tests. Students in third through eighth grade and high school sophomores took the MCA reading test last spring. Juniors took the MCA-II math test.
Rosemount firefighters could have a raise coming their way. Firefighters currently receive $2 a call. City administrator Dwight Johnson thinks that's a little low and, and he has suggested the Rosemount City Council budget more money to the fire department in 2012. So far, it appears the council has taken Johnson's recommendation. The council has upped the fire department budget $67,000 for 2012.
From a young age Adam Colon had a soft spot for helping children. Even as a child himself, he would donate to Gillette Children's Hospital at Christmas. As an adult, Colon has carried on the tradition, only at a much bigger scale. In November 2010, the father of three started a non-profit called Children for Life Minnesota. "We want to help charities that help children and their families," said Colon, 27, of starting the non-profit. Children for Life hosts fundraisers and then donates the money to different charities and organizations that help children.
As a child, Michael Bateson hated to read. His father was a voracious reader, though, and he was determined to pass the practice down to his children. So he made Bateson read an hour a day. And much of what he read were the works of Mark Twain While at the time he despised it, eventually Bateson came to love reading, especially Twain. Today, Bateson is something of an expert on Twain. He performs a one man play about the man's life and work. Bateson will perform at 2 p.m. Sept.
4-H has long had a reputation as a farm-based activity, but it's definitely not just for country kids. The program has something for just about everyone. With programs that provide experience in fields ranging from science and technology to performing arts to culinary adventures and, of course agriculture, it can be the right fit for any kid. The Dakota County 4-H program will host a meet and greet from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 24 at the University of Minnesota Extension building, 4100 220 th St.