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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Sara Aker loves Harry Potter, so a few years ago the Rosemount Parks and Recreation Department employee suggested the city host a Harry Potter camp. Turns out there are a lot Harry Potter fans in Rosemount. The camp, which will be held for the fourth time, has been one of the department's most popular camps. This year it will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. July 18 through July 21 at Central Park. With the last movie in the series coming out on July 15, the camp will revolve around the final book, Deathly Hallows.
When the Dakota County Gun Club held its first shooting event for kids five years ago, three people showed up. Two were the grandchildren of one of the event's planners. The third had never shot a gun before. But that third kid became a regular. He attended just about every youth shooting event the club held until he got too old to participate. Eventually, plenty of other young shooters joined him. These days the gun club's twice-monthly summer youth shoots draw 100 or more kids who want to try their hands at shooting rifles, shotguns and bows.
It's not an easy time to find a job right now. So if your job is finding work for 450 people, well lets just say you're fighting an uphill battle. But for MRCI Worksource vice president of Metro Programs Bill Schwartz it's a battle worth fighting. MRCI is a private non-profit that provides employment opportunities for people with physical and mental disabilities.
It's hard to imagine anything could be considered worse than the horrors of war. But for Erik Parkard watching his newborn son, Ronan, fight for his life trumped what he experienced during two tours in Iraq. Erik and his wife, Nicole, are the proud parents of 5-year-old Nadira and twin 7-month old boys Ronan and Wolfgang. The twins were born Nov. 15, 2010 via emergency c-section because doctors determined that Wolfgang was in distress. Wolfgang came out first, crying. Ronan came second. There were no cries.
Joe Funk is a college student who's studying business. Looking for a way to put some money in his pocket and gain some business experience, he took a job with Priceless Patios. He's gotten far more out of the experience than he thought he would. "I think it's been a really good learning experience. I get to work with customers, crews and the marketing," said Funk, a sales manager with the Rosemount-based company. The company got its start in April 2010 and specializes in affordable outdoor living spaces including paver patios, fireplaces, bars and built-in grills.
It's said pictures are worth a thousand words. The Rosemount Area Arts Council is looking for photos that tell stories about Rosemount and its people. The second annual RAAC photo contest will accept submissions through July 14. "We want the people of Rosemount to submit their pictures," said contest organizer Heidi Gustafson-Green. There is no charge to take part in the contest and anyone can participate. Photos from all seasons of the year can be submitted.
The goal of Girl Scouts is to help girls develop life skills, discover themselves and to make a difference in the world around them.
The Rosemount City Council voted to make some changes to the city's fire code June 21. While none of the changes will make a huge impact, they make it easier for the city to enforce the rules. Fire marshal John Kendall said the changes align the city's fire ordinance to Minnesota's fire codes.
In 2008, Rosemount High School science teacher Veda Kanitz had her ninth grade students participate in a unique project. The students planted wildflowers and other native vegetation to help create the Rosemount Wildlife Preserve. "They learned about the benefits of native plants and that one person can make a difference," said Kanitz. Residents can make their own difference at the preserve from 6 to 8 p.m. July 7.
Linda Foster will admit she's a little geeky. She likes computers and she's not afraid to get dirty in the shop or go exploring. Foster, the director of technology at Dakota County Technical College, knows she's not the only woman out there who enjoys those things.