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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Rosemount is in good shape, said mayor Bill Droste during his annual State of the City address given March 25 at the Steeple Center. While no doubt the city has faced some challenges over the past year, Droste said good planning and hard work helped the city weather it well. "Ours is a growing community, well-positioned for the future," Droste said. "It's the mission of the Rosemount City Council to take advantage of those strengths and to address as best we can, with the resources that are available, the areas that need improvement." Not all was positive, though.
The Rosemount MRCI WorkSource Center will hold an open house from 3 to 5:30 p.m. April 5. Program manager Julie Beckmann said during the open house the center, which provides employment opportunities for the disabled, will showcase changes it's made recently. The Rosemount location has added several in-house opportunities for its clients. "We just want to fill people in on the changes we've made," said Beckmann. During the open house attendees can tour the center's living skills, communication and sensory program rooms, and check out our newly formatted production area.
Joshua Swenson took his oath of office as Rosemount's newest police officer and then gave his 3-year-old daughter a high five on March 15. That brief moment gave a window into Swenson's life. The 28-year-old loves his family and he loves being a police officer. "It's an exciting job. There's something different every day," said Swenson of police work. Swenson started with the Rosemount Police Department Feb. 28. He will work as a patrol officer. Police chief Gary Kalstabakken said Swenson is hard-working and will be a good addition to the department.
Last spring. Teresa Paetznick was working with U-Pull-R-Parts manager Keith Olson on a work project, when she casually mentioned that the business should do something to help the Rosemount Family Resource Center. The suggestion got the wheels turning in Olson's head, and as she was heading out to the parking lot, he made a suggestion.
Anyone who has lived in or around Rosemount long knows the city has grown. It didn't take a fancy cCensus to figure that out. But knowing just how big Rosemount is proves helpful. The 2010 U. S. Census results released late last week counted 21,874 people in Rosemount.
A local group is aiming to make Rosemount a Yellow Ribbon City. The application has been sent off and now it's up to the Minnesota National Guard to give its blessing. In the meantime, the group plans to keep helping military personnel, veterans and their families. The aim of being a Yellow Ribbon City is to connect resources to help military personnel and their families adjust to life after deployment. Don Sinnwell, a veteran who is leading the effort to get the designation, said it's not easy coming home. "Ten percent have problems reintegrating and we want to be there for them.
This day in age businesses have to be willing to evolve with what customers want. For Crown Rental, the party business has grown over the last several years so owner Doug Haas decided to expand that part of his operation. "We've always had backyard stuff and party has grown for us, so we decided to expand," said Haas. On March 7 Haas opened Crown Party Store in Rosemount next to his Crown Rental location.
Dawn Michelsen has never been to a Relay for Life event, but that didn't stop her from stepping up to help chair Rosemount's annual June event. Michelsen will join Jenna and Joan O'Rourke as this years Relay for Life chairs. It's a big job but Michelsen, a breast cancer survivor, said it's one she's glad to do. "Chairing is a big opportunity for me to help," said Michelsen. Michelsen wanted to volunteer as a way to continue battling cancer.
The city of Rosemount has chosen its public safety officers of the year. Fire captain Mike Reis, officer Ryan Coughlin and dispatcher Jolene Cemensky were recognized for going above and beyond each and every day. The recipients received their awards during ceremony March 12 at the American Legion. Mike Reis Fire chief Scott Aker said Mike Reis was chosen by his peers for the award because of his unflailing dedication to the job. Reis has been on the department for 29 years and has active the whole time. "He's totally dedicated and has been the whole time," said Aker.
When Jia Brown started REACH Education Solutions, she had no idea what would become of the business. She just wanted to provide opportunities for kids like hers. Years later, it's her full time job and she offers classes in 16 communities including Rosemount. REACH Education has offered classes through the city's parks and recreation program for several years. Rosemount's parks and recreation director Dan Schultz said the programs are popular and usually well attended.