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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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.
The city of Rosemount will no longer license and take in cats. The council voted Tuesday night to amend the city code. The biggest impact of that decision is that police will no longer impound stray and feral cats. Animal control services in Rosemount are under the umbrella of the police department and the responses to calls are handled by police officers and community service officers. Police chief Gary Kalstabakken said impounding cats takes time and money that the city could better put to other uses. From January 2010 through January 2011 it cost the city $13,000 to impound cats.
The books collecting dust in your house could help out the Robert Trail Library. The Friends of the Robert Trail Library will hold a book sale in April and in the meantime are collecting books to sell. Beginning March 16 FORT will start taking donations for the sale. The sale will be the group's primary fundraiser with all proceeds going to help the library provide more robust services to the community and enhance the library experience for everyone.
Are you a poet who knows it? The Dakota County Library System is taking submissions for it annual poetry contest through the end of March. Farmington Library manager Mary Scheide said the contest is a good way for aspiring writers to get their work out into the public. "It's a shot to get creative work out there," said Scheide. Poets of all ages can submit original poems. Awards and prizes will be given to the top three entries in five age groups: children age 6-9; children age 10-11; teens age 12-14; teens age 15-18; and adults age 19 and older.
A Farmington woman could face 10 years in jail for check forgery. Barbara Lee Russell, 50, has been accused of stealing checks from an elderly woman she helped care for and forging the checks for money. On Sept. 9 an 84-year-old Rosemount woman filed a report with Rosemount Police that someone had tried to cash a $3,500 check from her that she had not written or approved.
For Blake Reinhardt, Shannon Drymalski and Ryan Vick, the future holds amazing possibilities. The three members of the rock band Detour have big dreams and a path to make them happen. But they need another dude to fill out their band. The three Rosemount High School juniors are serious about making music as a living and they are looking for a lead singer who shares their passion for rock music and performing. "We are set on taking this to a bigger stage," said Reinhardt, the band's lead guitarist.
Former Rosemount resident Ben Kopp, who was killed while serving in Afghanistan, is featured in this year's Minnesota Fallen Heroes Remembered Calendar. The 2011 calendar features 12 soldiers from Minnesota who have died while serving their country. Kopp, who was an Army Ranger, is featured in July, the month he was killed. The calendar features pictures of Kopp and the story of his life and death. The story also shares his choice to be an organ donor, and the fact that two people's lives were saved thanks to his donation. Patricia Boyd started the calendar in 2010.
The One Book One Rosemount project has been recognized as an innovative project by the Local Government Innovation Awards. The Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs announced the winners March 4. The Local Government Innovation Awards recognize cities, schools and counties for using innovation to improve services. The Humphrey Institute partners with the Association of Minnesota Counties, the League of Minnesota Cities and the Minnesota School Board Association to conduct the awards. Parks and recreation director Dan Schultz, who submitted the project, said it's nice to be recognized.