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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Deborah Pelch has a close-knit family. So when she suggested opening a new business in the former Yarn Garage space, her sister, Vicki Schomaker, and nieces Bailey Schomaker and Brittany Navratil didn’t bat an eye. “We have a unique family in that we spend a lot of time together anyway, so the idea of running a business together didn’t seem strange at all,” said Pelch. They started planning on the spot and in March the group signed a lease for the property. They decided to open a home goods boutique and named it Rustic Junk’tion.
The Rosemount Port Authority accepted an offer Monday for the purchase of the remainder of the Genz-Ryan site. The port authority unanimously accepted $325,000 for the 1.29 acre site, which is west of Highway 3 as you enter downtown Rosemount from the south. “I think it will be a good use for the property and compatible with other uses going into the downtown,” said mayor Bill Droste, who sits on the port authority. Community development director Kim Lindquist said the intention of the buyers is to build a Culvers restaurant.
It’s been years in the making and it’s still at least a year away, but improvements will happen at the Highway 52, County Road 42 interchange. Dakota County has secured $7 million in federal funding for improvements to the interchange to be completed in 2017.
After a request, the Rosemount City Council approved action to join a Metropolitan Council program that will allow sewer access fees to be deferred. “It’s a way to help small businesses build or expand,” said mayor Bill Droste. Formally called the Sewer Availability Charge, the fee is required by the Metropolitan Council Environmental Services for new development.
The Rosemount Police Department hopes to accomplish two things during Night to Unite Aug. 4. First, they want to provide crime prevention awareness. Second, they hope to build community. Night to Unite, which is sponsored by the Minnesota Crime Prevention Association, aims to strengthen community by building strong neighborhoods and community partnership.
For the last several years, City on a Hill Church has done an informal vacation Bible school event in the Rosemount Woods neighborhoods. It’s nothing complicated, but Kris Schmidt said it reaches out to a group of kids that otherwise don’t get that type of activity. This year, City On A Hill will host Game Zone 6 to 8 p.m. July 13 through July 17 at the basketball courts in Rosemount Woods.
This weekend marks the end of an era. Father Paul Jarvis will say his goodbyes to the parishioners of the Church of St. Joseph during the weekend masses. On July...
After nearly two years on the job, Tim Wynes has been named the permanent president of Dakota County Technical College . Effective July 1, Wynes will serve as the shared...
Rosemount ’s South Urban Gateway Task Force came up with a series of recommendations last summer. This week, the Rosemount Planning Commission took on some auto-related issues identified during that process. The planning commission recommended the city council approve a zoning ordinance text amendment for auto-related uses.
You know, 26 years ago, I delivered the first of what would be, now, three graduation speeches. The first of them happened at a time when our stadium was under...