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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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.
As Rebecca and Kaitlyn Frogge sat and waited to get their teeth varnished with fluoride, they both looked a little nervous. But after the two-minute procedure both girls felt fine. "I was scared," admitted Rebecca. In the end, though, she said wasn't too bad. "It sort of tasted like bubble gum," she said. The two girls took advantage of a Dakota County Public Health program that offers fluoride varnishing to help prevent cavities in their young teeth.
When the city of Rosemount decided to offer garden plots this spring, staff didn't know what to expect. They didn't know whether people would be interested or if the weather would cooperate. Turns out people were interested and the weather eventually would give them a break. In fact, 14 families have garden plots on the city-owned land east of Akron Avenue. "I think it's a real good use for the property," said parks supervisor Tom Schuster. The land where the plots are located will eventually be home to an athletic complex.
On Tuesday evening a herd of law enforcement officials will come through Rosemount. They won't be out to bust anyone though. They will be raising money for the Special Olympics. "It's a fun even and a good way to give back to the community," said Jennifer Fordham, the event coordinator. The Dakota County Torch Run will come through Rosemount between 7 and 8 p.m. June 21. The Rosemount leg of the event will start at Dakota Communications Center.
Deb Cunningham and her family went to Ireland a few weeks ago. It was the trip of a lifetime. They saw the cliffs of Mohr, visited Dublin and drove to the Dingle Peninsula. For eight days, the family of five spent time enjoying each other's company and the scenery.
Dakota County Technical College staff, faculty and students breathed a sigh of relief today as it was announced Minnesota State Colleges and Universities will remain open this summer even if other parts of the state government shut down July 1. Gov.
Gabrielle Feivor wants to get healthier. She's been working out at the gym pretty regularly but when her friend Kyann Graham mentioned she was hosting a free weekly Fit Club at Community of Hope Church, Feivor decided to give it ago. For the last three weeks a group of women have busted their humps to the Beachbody video Body Gospel at the church. The dvds are tough, but that doesn't seem to bother any of the women. "It's really a good workout and it fun to do," said Feivor. Beachbody is an independent company that creates workout dvds.
Trudging through the world that is higher education can be overwhelming at first. There are so many things to consider, including getting accepted, class schedules and financial aid. That's why Dakota County Technical College is holding a seminar to help. The Veterans Higher Educational Seminar will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. June 16 at DCTC. The seminar is open to anyone in the community wondering about higher education but is geared towards veterans and military personnel looking to take advantage of their benefits.