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 2012 primary election is just a few days away. Voters will hit the polls Aug. 14 to narrow the fields for a number of races. Some of the precincts and voting locations in Rosemount have changed for this year's elections. City clerk Amy Domeier said the changes have been made to better accommodate voters and to serve areas that have seen growth. This year the city will have seven precincts.
Working in luxury may not seem like a possibility, but Dakota County Technical College instructor Rosalee Lee would tell you it is. And DCTC has created a new program to prepare people to work there. The school's new spa and resort management program will begin this fall and Lee said it's the gateway to working in the glamorous industry. To prepare students for the needs of the industry, the new program blends parts of the exercise and sport science and meeting and event management programs. Through the program, Lee said students can either get a certificate or AAS degree.
Right now it's a concrete pit, barely recognizable as a pool. But in a short month the Bluewater Aquatic Center will open as an eight lane, 25 yard competitive swimming facility. "I think it's going to be a great addition to the area," said Jim Wise, owner of the facility. Wise also owns Wise Swim School and said demand there led to the construction of the new facility. "There are so many kids coming through who are ready for a team but there aren't enough facilities.
Come this weekend the city of Rosemount's website may get a new look. It may come next weekend too. Either way, sometime in the next month residents should expect the city's website will change. This past winter the city council hired Kansas-based CivicPlus to redesign its website. Since then city staff has worked with the company to create the new site. Communications director Alan Cox said the new site will offer improved services over the current site.
Dakota Aggregates has submitted an application for a large-scale mining permit, officially kicking off the next chapter in the UMore story. The planning commission started examining the company's proposal with a work session on July 24. The company hopes to begin phase 1 of its wet and dry mining in 2013 in an area off of Station Trail and County Road 46. City planner Eric Zweber said to begin the company will need to get an interim use permit for the entire 40-year project as well as an annual operation permit for the mining that would be done in 2013.
The world can be a scary place. But it's less scary if you know you have someone watching out for you. That is the premise behind Night to Unite. This year's Night to Unite will take place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Aug.
The landscaping has taken shape. The outside obviously looks like a McDonald's and a ribbon cutting is planned. Rosemount once again will have a McDonald's in just a short week. The restaurant, which has been fully rebuilt, will open at 5 a.m. Aug. 1. Owner Kay Butler said they are excited to show off their new store. "We wanted it to be a place people can be proud of," said Butler of the new restaurant.
When Terry Taylor appointed himself Rosemount's pickleball ambassador two years ago, he had visions of large groups gathering in the city's parks to play the game. Now, he's starting to see it happen. The game, a paddle sport that plays like a combination of tennis, badminton and ping pong, is catching on in Rosemount just as it has in cities around Minnesota and around the country. There are courts popping up in several metro-area cities, and earlier this spring the city of Rosemount added markings for six pickleball courts on the tennis courts at Claret Park.
The city of Rosemount has narrowed down its police chief finalists to three -- Jewel Ericson, Michael Marben and Eric Werner. Residents can meet the finalist during an open house from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 1 at city hall. The Rosemount City Council will formally interview the three Aug. 6. In all, 11 people applied for the position. On July 18 two panels conducted seven interviews and narrowed the field to three.
On July 31 a 38-foot Winnebago will set up in the Rosemount Woods neighborhood. The recreational vehicle will bring with it activities for kids and information for their parents. The RV is part of the University of Minnesota Dakota County Extension On the Move program. The program uses the RV to bring services and information to the people who need them the most, said Suzanne Sheridan, program coordinator.