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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For Karimi Abdelmajid, family comes before everything. Even in his business dealings he wants family to come out first. That's why he decided to open Bella Pizza in the Loch Blake Building. The space provides lots of dining space for families to come in. Abdelmajid used to own Dominik's Pizza in Inver Grove Heights. He loved his customers and the business but he wanted a place with more dining space.
The Hartford Re/Max Results Breast Cancer Ride will come through Rosemount twice over the weekend. More than 300 bicyclists will make a pit stop on Aug. 6 at Rosemount Middle School on their way to Treasure Island Casino. The two-day ride, started by Rosemount resident Kari Mitchell, will raise nearly $300,000. The money will go to the Open Arms of Minnesota, a non-profit that provides meals to breast cancer patients and their families; and to Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Minnesota. This is the fourth year the ride has taken place.
Lauren Clark might want to be a children's doctor or a teacher or something else entirely. After spending last week learning about all the jobs out there, she's just not sure what she wants to do. It's ok though. The fifth grader has plenty of time to figure it out. Clark took park in the Dakota County Technical College Teens Experiencing Technical Education 2011 camp. The camp, which aimed to introduce girls to the technical fields, drew more than 170 to DCTC last week.
Threats of a thunderstorm cut a Johnny Holm concert short on July 30, but for the most part Rosemount's 10-day Leprechaun Days festival went of without a hitch. Committee president Laura Briggs said every event was successful and well attended.
The Rosemount City Council tabled a decision on a preliminary plat and planned unit development for Pulte Group after a lengthy conversation Monday night. Pulte hopes to build a 182-home neighborhood called the Marshes of Bloomfield on 156 acres in a wooded area in the eastern part of Rosemount. While council members discussed a number of issues, the item that led them to put off their decision was the city's unwillingness to lower its water and sewer trunk fees for the development.
It's been a long time coming but at last the Rosemount City Council has approved bids to start work on the extension of Connemara Trail east to Akron Avenue. The city council approved the project during their special meeting Monday night. The council met Monday so that council members could attend Night to Unite festivities on Tuesday. The council accepted a bid from Minger Construction in the amount of $2,341,683.53 to extend Connemara approximately 2800 feet. Minger was the lowest bid. The project will include water main, sanitary sewer and storm sewer along the whole segment.
Justin Bottem likes to work. The 18-year-old knows some people might find that strange, but he doesn't care. That drive has led the young man to start his own lawn care business. After working for his uncle for several years Bottem decided he wanted to strike out on his own. He bought a lawn mower, weed whacker and other tools on Craigslist and has put himself to work for Bottem Priced Lawn Care. Based at his parents' house, Bottem said he has kept himself busy through the summer. He does some mowing and general lawn care.
The Rosemount Planning Commission approved text amendment and a conditional use permit for SKB Environmental to start composting on their site. Several neighbors attended two public hearing to complain about the use. SKB operates an industrial, construction and demolition waste landfill at 13425 Courthouse Blvd.
Jake Foster will have some bragging to do when he goes back to school this fall. The St. Joseph School student and Boy Scout got to fly in a piece of history. Foster, a member of Boy Scout Troop 207, got the opportunity to fly in a Stearman bi-plane, used for training by the Tuskegee Institute. Father Paul Jarvis, the new pastor at St. Joseph Church, also got to ride in "The Spirit of Tuskegee." The opportunity followed a series of serendipitous events. Capt. Matt Quy, who is also a St. Joseph's alum, bought the plane six years ago with his wife, Tina.
Back in 2003, when Capt. Justin Baker came back from serving a tour of duty in Bosnia, there was no reintegration program. It was welcome home and good luck. During that time Justin said he struggled with boredom and missed the people he deployed with. "It was a transition," said Baker. Last year when Baker returned from a 22-month deployment in Iraq, it was a much different experience. Through the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program, Baker and the rest of the 34th Infantry Division, went through reintegration programs at 30, 60 and 90 days and then again at a year.