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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While the rest of Rosemount is busy, Carroll's Woods offers calm and tranquility. The wind rustles through tall trees. A deer passes a well-worn path leading to Rosemount High School. The sun glints through the trees off of Schwarz Pond. "It's a unique asset to a suburban area," said Ron Jacobson, who lives near the woods. Carroll's Woods and Schwarz Pond Park offer residents opportunities to experience the outdoors without leaving Rosemount. Paved and non-paved trails wind through the 44-acre woods that also lead to Schwarz Pond Park.
A month ago, Jim Trucker sat before the Rosemount City Council and begged for time to put together financing for the senior living facility his company was chosen to build. As the leader of Development Representation Associates, the firm chosen to build a senior living facility on the former St. Joseph School property, Trucker had a taken a lot of heat during a June work session for a lack of progress, and the city's relationship with the developer seemed at a likely end. On Tuesday Trucker returned to the council and exceeded their expectations.
Several years ago, Rosemount Fire Chief Scott Aker was asked to help rig something up for the city's Wet N' Wild Day. Both his daughters worked for Rosemount Parks and Recreation and they needed a better way to keep a slip and slide wet. So Aker built an apparatus that would connect to the soccer goal at the park and spray water from above. More than eight years later, Aker still is setting up the device annually for the popular event. "It's the one thing I do," said Aker. That one thing helps make the event a success each year, said parks and recreation supervisor Lisa Maurer.
Rosemount United Methodist Church has several concerts coming up that are free and open to the public. On July 18 the Weigel family will perform at 7 p.m. in the church sanctuary. The Weigel family are a family of classical musicians from Germany. The family will be in the United States to visit family and will give a performance while here. The family is related to Rosemount United Methodist's weekday custodian, Nina Zverev. During the Wednesday evening performance, the family of six musicians will perform a number of classical selections.
Bouncing through the trees at Dakota Woods Dog Park, the sun beams off of Lucy's golden fur. Lucy and her owner, Deborah Lindberg, are regulars at the off-leash dog park in Empire Township, and on a warm Monday morning the two are out for a stroll. Lucy and Lindberg travel to the park from West St. Paul several times a week. Lindberg said she likes the size of the park and the walking trails through it. Dakota County Manager of Park Operations Beth Landahl said the popular 16-acre dog park draws people from all over the county throughout the year.
For years, the leadership at Lighthouse Christian Church has talked about starting a child care center. And then last summer they got serious about getting something started and formed several groups to move things along, including establishing a non-profit and a board of directors. Starting this fall the church will house Lighthouse Explorers, A Christian Child Center. The center will offer preschool and child care. "We are really excited about this opportunity," said Bill Goodwin, Lighthouse's lead pastor. To lead the center the board of directors set out to find a director.
In years past the University of Minnesota has held an open house in August at its Master Gardener Research and Display Gardens at UMore Park. The university decided not to hold the event this year and so the Dakota County Master Gardeners, who usually participated in the open house, decided to plan an educational event as a way to reach out to the public. Super Tuesday in the Garden will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. July 31.
The Rosemount Planning Commission has recommended the city council approve an interim use permit for Flint Hills Resources to put up to 30 temporary blast resistant modules on their property. The commission made the recommendation after holding a public hearing at which no residents spoke. According to a staff memo, Flint Hill intends to double their contractor work force from 500 workers to more than 1,000. The contract employee parking for workers will be located in the existing employee parking lot south of the administration building on 117th Street.
Maria Baklund and Kailey McCollough love to dance. So when they were trying to decide what to do for their Silver Project for Girl Scouts it seemed natural to somehow include dance. "We both love to dance and we want to share it with others," said Baklund. The girls decided to put the Dynamite Dance Clinic at the 360 Communities Rosemount Family Resource Center. The clinic will be held 1 to 2:30 p.m. July 12 for kids in kindergarten through fifth grade. Baklund and McCollough will begin the clinic by doing a performance and then will teach the kids two dances.
Absentee voting has begun for Rosemount's primary election. City clerk Amy Domeier said eligible voters who can't get to the polls on election day can cast their ballots now. "It's nice that people can still vote even if they can't get to the polls," said Domeier. Absentee voters have several options for filling out a ballot. They can vote in person at city hall or by mail.