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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On Monday, the halls of Dakota County Technical College will once again be brimming with students as the fall semester starts. And as that day grow closer the staff at DCTC is getting ready for a new school year. Dean of students Greg McCalley said student enrollment is looking healthy for the 2011-12 school year.
Summertime is rough for food shelves. So 360 Communities has gladly accepted two grants this summer to help it keeps its five food shelves full. Earlier this month Minnesota FoodShare announced that it would give 360 Communities $7,335.70 for its food shelves. Minnesota Foodshare raised $800,000 and collected food during a March campaign. The campaign raises more than half the food distributed annually through food shelves across the state. The non-profit divided the money raised and sent it out to food shelves.
It's hard enough planning a city budget, but when the rules change on you a month before a preliminary budget is due, things just get that much harder.
Standing out in the middle of the University of Minnesota's land is the Rosemount Research and Outreach Center. It's a beautiful area full of big blooms, colorful vegetables and learning. Each summer, the Center and the Dakota County Master Gardeners partner to host an open house to show off what they've been doing. It's a chance for the public to come in and see what's going on out there. This year the event will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Aug. 18 at 1605 160th St. W. "It's fun.
Melissa Loch has three daughters. That means when she's looking for activities she has to multiply the price tag and the time by three. That gets expensive and time consuming. With that in mind Loch decided she wanted to put together an inexpensive craft event for kids 4 to 12 years old. Her father-in-law, John Loch, who is a member of the Rosemount Area Arts Council, told her about a grant the council was starting to distribute to help people in the community host arts events. Melissa Loch applied and is the first recipient of a $100 RAAC grant.
Now that the state's education funding picture is clearer, members of the District 196 School Board need to answer some questions about their own budget. The school board was scheduled to hold a special meeting Aug. 10 to talk about whether they want to add an operating levy to the Nov. 8 election but it was canceled. The district made $23 million in budget adjustments last year, including the elimination of more than 144 jobs, after voters rejected a 10-year, $150 million levy. Finance director Jeff Solomon doesn't expect those kinds of cuts if voters don't approve a levy this fall.
On Aug. 23 Rosemount will be designated a Yellow Ribbon City in a ceremony at Inver Hills Community College. While it's a nice honor for the volunteers who have made that happen, the group knows it only means they have a lot to do. "It really means we have to start walking the walk," said Renée Hedstrom, a volunteer with the group that organized Rosemount's Yellow Ribbon efforts. The group of about 15 volunteers has been working for the last year to get a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon initiative going in the community.
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.