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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As a business, sometimes it pays to reinvent. At least that's what the owners of TOPS Pizza and Hoagies: The Original Philadelphia Style are hoping for. The small, family-owned restaurant is expanding its current location, at 14531 Dodd Blvd., by 2,000 sq. ft. and will add a full service bar. Owner Markos Chouliaris said they hope to have the new area open before the New Year starts. Markos and Soula Chouliaris opened TOPS in 1990. At the time, fewer than 3,000 people lived in town. As the town grew, so did TOPS.
The Dakota County Technical College Landscape Horticulture program wants its students to stand out. So although it was costly and time consuming the program set out to renew its Professional Landcare Network accreditation. "We consider it vital," said Sherralyn Cox, dean of design and health and human services. "It shows that we've gone the extra mile." The landscape horticulture program falls under design. According to information from the school PLANET's accreditation program evaluates and recognizes landscaping curricula that keep pace with the evolving needs of the landscape industry.
Sarah Gutierrez and Carrie Riesgrad Bruder will admit they've been blessed. That's why the stay-at-home moms feel it's their responsibility to give back. Out of that ambition they created Chicks for a Cause. Chicks for a Cause holds monthly events that benefit a number of charities and causes throughout the Twin Cities. Events so far have supported causes such as domestic violence prevention, cancer awareness and research and children's illnesses. In December the non-profit will throw its weight behind helping kids in need have a merry Christmas.
Icy weather late Saturday and early Sunday caused some real bummers for a few Rosemount residents. Police chief Gary Kalstabakken said while for the most part people played it safe police received a few weather-related calls. A thin sheen of ice covered roads and sidewalks Saturday and Sunday after the area received a freezing rain. In the larger Metro areas the ice caused many accidents and traffic delays. Locally, the ice didn't have nearly the impact. Police responded to more medical calls than anything due to people falling on the ice, said Kalstabakken.
The city of Rosemount has completed its election recount, and the results have not changed. Mark DeBettignies will serve another four years on the city council after a Monday recount came to the same result as the original vote. DeBettignies won over challenger Tim Judy by 26 votes. DeBettignies said he's excited to serve the people of Rosemount for another four years. Going forward, he said the council will stay focused on being fiscally responsible and keeping taxes down.
Rosemount's Operation Minnesota Nice group will have a one time Holiday Packing Event at 7 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Rosemount American Legion. The goal is to bring some holiday joy to soldiers stationed overseas. While the group sends boxes to predetermined soldiers monthly, for December it will double its efforts to try and reach more. Rosemount group leader Diane Tapper said they are trying to get people in the community involved with the effort. Usually members adopt a soldier and send them a care package monthly.
The Rosemount City Council approved a liquor license for Irish Liquors during their Nov. 16 meeting. The liquor store, which is owned by Zebadiah Frank, will be located in the former Quilter's Haven location at 14760 S. Robert Tr. The council had approved a license once before for the store but because it has changed locations the council had to approve another license.
Education is at the heart of the University of Minnesota's UMore project. And for at least two young women, the planning of the large residential project gave them the educational opportunity of a lifetime. Over the summer Leslie Theiste and Allie Klynderud worked as the 2010 College of Design interns exploring affordable housing opportunities for UMore Park.
It will take years to come to fruition but eventually residents will be able to walk, bike or run around Dakota County. With the help of cities within it, county planners have put together a plan to interconnect green areas countywide. The plan, called the Greenway Collaborative, calls for government agencies within the county to work together to create 200 miles of trails. The trails, some of which already exist, will connect large natural areas to others within the county through an eco conscious system.
Candidate Tim Judy has requested a recount in the Nov. 2 Rosemount City Council election. Rosemount city staff received a letter requesting the recount shortly before 4 p.m. Nov. 15. The margin for the city council race was 26 votes. Judy received 3,410 votes while incumbent Mark DeBettignies, the second place finisher in the election for two seats, received 3,436.