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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As a congregation, Lighthouse Christian Church aims to connect people with Jesus Christ. As part of that effort the church is getting out into the community and showing the love of God through care and kindness. On May 19 the church will hold a volunteer day for its members. Members of the congregation will roll up their sleeves, get dirty and do some good in Rosemount and beyond. "We want to get out there and be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ.
Serendipity can lead to some amazing things. For Chris Edman it lead him to The HighGround, a veteran's park in Neillsville Wis. Last year, Edman didn't know anything about The HighGround. And then one day last winter at the Rosemount American Legion, someone showed him a HighGround newsletter. The country's largest manned veteran's park was looking for someone to do a video for them. Turns out Edman is an award-winning videographer. At first glance, Edman knew it was a project he needed to take on. While he's not a veteran, Edman has a deep respect for those who have served.
People share all sorts of things when they're sitting in the stylist's chair. Some are happy, such as engagements or births. Others are heart wrenching, such as a friend struggling with poverty. "We have the opportunity to hear what's going on in people's lives," said Sara Nivala, owner of Nivala and Company salon. What's become clear to Nivala lately is that there are people in the community struggling. Nivala said clients have shared some harrowing stories.
Janice Ladendorf has two loves -- horses and writing. Fortunately for her, she's been able to combine the two for more than 50 years. Most recently the Eagan-based author came out with a historical western titled Heart of a Falcon. The coming of age story follows 14-year-old Lisbet McTavish as she embarks on a quest in 1830. A tomboy, Lisbet is imaginative and lonely. Lisbet also has a hidden heritage that links her to the spirit world of Native Americans.
The city of Rosemount held a public informational meeting Tuesday night to talk about the Alternative Urban Areawide Review currently under way on 5,000 acres of land targeted for development by the University of Minnesota. The focus of the meeting was to share development scenarios for the property known as UMore Park and to take comment about the view. City planner Eric Zweber said as part of the AUAR staff has developed three development scenarios.
The flurry of activity at the capitol over the last couple days looks like it will have a direct impact on one Rosemount institution. Included in bonding bills passed by both the Minnesota Senate and House is a project to renovate 118,000 sq. ft. at Dakota County Technical College. "This is a good day for us," said DCTC president Dr. Ron Thomas. The House and Senate passed slightly different versions of the bill Monday, but both included the DCTC project.
Strong play from Luke Gillette helped the Irish improve their outlook Tuesday. The Irish placed 6th out of ten teams in a South Suburban Conference meet Tuesday at Bracketts Crossing. The team's combined score was 321. While their ranking wasn't as high as coach Kyle Fredrickson had hoped the team came out of the meet feeling better after a discouraging weekend. "I think this is what we are capable of," said Fredrickson of the meet. Gillette led the pack shooting a season best 75, Josh Doyle followed with a 77, Jake Sweetman scored an 83 and Cody Schultz shot an 86.
The Dakota County Communities for a Lifetime Initiative aims to make communities a good place to grow up and grow older. As part of the initiative the department of health is asking cities to establish groups that work to ensure that goal. On Tuesday, Jess Luce, a Communities for a Lifetime Initiative supervisor, explained the program to the Rosemount City Council and encouraged them to form a group. Luce said over the next 10 years the number of people over 65 is projected to increase by 67 percent.
Stacy Lufkin is a breast cancer survivor. She learned of the cancer when she went in for her first routine mammogram at 40. When she went in for the test, she wasn't worried. Her family had no history and she was healthy. So, it was a shock when the mammogram found something. Four years later Lufkin is a cancer survivor and her experience has ignited a passion to make a difference.
There are more than 7,000 Rosemount residents under the age of 18, and the city council and its youth commission want to make sure they are being represented well. On May 12 the two bodies will partner to host a youth summit. The goal of the summit is to get perspective on issues that affect young people and to get input on ideas for amenities in the community to serve youth. Youth commission member Adam Kutz said the groups hope to get opinions from teens in the community as well as from their parents and people who work with youth about a variety of issues.