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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Getting everyone on the same page for a big project isn't easy, but that's what representatives from Doran Companies were hoping for during a Rosemount City Council work session Aug. 15. Company representatives Kelly Doran and Bill Stoddard attended the work session hoping to have some ideas to start creating a preliminary concept of the senior living development and senior center they've been chosen to build.
Mark Bradford will tell you the city's garden plot program is one of the best things the city of Rosemount has done. The Rosemount resident took advantage of the program this summer and has a bountiful crop to show for it. Bradford has a 20x20 plot at Biscayne Park. The park is near his house. He can walk or ride his lawn mower to his plot to work. The proximity to his home is key for Bradford because he has Parkinson's disease and can't drive. The opportunity has led Bradford to get out of his house more. He's also met quite a few people through the garden.
Traveling a bumpy road is something the Weber family is used to. As an Army family they have been through numerous moves and several deployments. Most recently the family has hit rough terrain as Mark Weber has faced stage IV gastrointestinal cancer. Whatever the battle has been, Lt. Col. Mark Weber and his wife, Kristin, have faced the challenges together for the past 18 years and through some pretty insane ups and downs they just keep driving on. This past week serves as a great example. On Thursday, Aug. 16, Gen.
Alicia Barnick can relate to how hectic life can be with kids. The personal trainer has three. But she knows, too, that where there's a will there is a way to find time to work out. In fact, she's helping provide a way for the whole family to get a workout in. This fall Barnick will teach Beginning Running for Families through School District 196 Community Education. And to really drive the point home that the class is for families, she will include her two sons, Charlie and Zachary. Barnick said she hopes area families will use the class as a launch pad to better health.
Starting Sept. 14 there will be a new face at the head of Rosemount Police Department. Eric Werner will officially start on that day and then will be sworn in by the Rosemount City Council during their Sept. 18 meeting. Werner, a Rosemount resident and a captain with the Burnsville Police Department, was chosen earlier this month for the position. The other finalists for the position were Rosemount Lt.
On Sunday, members of St. Joseph Catholic Church gathered on the backside of the church to break ground for a new Matthew 25 Garden. Later this fall a 100 x 100 square will be plowed under to make way for a large vegetable garden. The goal of the garden is to feed the hungry and nurture the community as the Bible directs in Matthew 25. A committee of about 10 parishioners has been meeting since March to plan the garden.
Since Amie Kieffer was a little girl she has always loved art. And even when she was quite little she showed some talent. So when she went to college she decided to double major in studio art and art history at the University of St. Thomas. She graduated in 2008 and since has tried to make a career out of creating art, especially painting and drawing. Last year she started her own company, AK Artistic Productions.
Rosemount voters slimmed down the city council race to four. The four highest vote getters in today's election were incumbent Jeff Weisensel, Vanessa Demuth, Joe Kurle and Joe Zanmiller. Those four will go onto compete for two open city council seats in November. Unofficial results of the primary on Dakota County's website show Weisensel leading the pack with 607 votes, Demuth following with 557, Kurle at 285, and Zanmiller, 284. At the bottom were Wade Miller with 194 and Maila Ellefson, 152. Weisensel was the only incumbent on the ballot.
A Retiree Appreciation Day will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Rosemount National Guard Armory and Community Center. CW4 Barb Fici said the retirees or about to be retirees from all branches of the armed forces and their families members can attend. The focus of the event is to provide retirees updated information on entitlement programs. Fici said they will have a variety of speakers from the Social Security officer, Minnesota and Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, Tri Care and Delta Dental.
Chances are you don't think much about utility billing software, but when the city of Rosemount implements its new software later this year residents may notice. The city approved purchasing new utility billing software from Civic Systems during its Aug. 6 meeting. The new software will provide online account access and payment options, said finance director Jeff May. May said he anticipates having an online pay option will be a popular among residents.