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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The Dakota County Technical College Blue Knights baseball team has a beautiful new facility. And as excited as the coaches and players are excited to play on it, they are also excited to share it and show it off to the community. To do that DCTC plans to host camps and clinics throughout the year to promote baseball to area youth. "We want to generate more of a community and promote quality baseball for our kids," said head coach Wes Crawford. Starting June 18 DCTC will host youth and high school camps.
The company chosen to build a senior living complex on the former St. Joseph's School site has until July 11 to come up with a letter from a lender that indicates the necessary capital to build the project or Development Representation Associates are out. If it were up to councilmember Jeff Weisensel, the struggling company would have been dropped like a "lead balloon" already. But the other three council members at the Wednesday night work session were a little more forgiving.
This week's Pet of the Week is Fancy, a 1- to 2-year-old Staffordshire mix. Someone found Fancy running around and she was picked up as a stray. No one has claimed her so now she's up for adoption. She's a nice dog who knows basic commands and his house trained. She's neutered and up to date on her vaccinations. Cost to adopt Fancy is $200. Shamrock Animal Hospital is located at 14390 S. Robert Trail in Rosemount. Phone: 651-423-3565
Alexandra McLaughlin read the book "The Things They Carried" for school but the book written by author Tim O'Brien has had a lasting impact on her life. "I feel connected to it. It really impacted my life and worldview," said McLaughlin. Looking for scholarships McLaughlin came across the Letters about Literature writing contest. The contest is sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. According to the contest's website 70,000 young readers from across the country participate each year. McLaughlin submitted a letter about the book that changed her life.
Later this summer the Rosemount Fire Department will get two new thermal imaging cameras. While they are pretty neat to play with, fire chief Scott Aker said they are also something the department will use fairly often. Aker said the department uses thermal imaging to detect where a fire is located if someone reports the smell of smoke but doesn't see fire. For larger incidents, the cameras can detect if fire exists inside the walls of a building. They can also assist firefighters in finding people. The department currently has a thermal imaging camera that is large and cumbersome.
For Joshua Payette, taking care of his dad while he battled cancer was an honor. On June 10, Jeff Payette lost his battle with the disease and now Josh feels like he needs to help take care of his mom and two younger brothers. "It's a hard role to do, but when it's someone you love it's an honor," said Joshua. For Dylan Johnson helping his mom through her battle with breast cancer was just what he had to do.
Greta Kotz wanted to keep Celtic feel to the Rosemount Area Arts Council logo, but she also wanted to add a little flair. The design student came up with a couple mock ups but had one in mind. Fortunately, the RAAC board liked it as well. "It was the initial design I wanted them to go with," said Kotz. The RAAC board chose Kotz, a student at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, to design the organization's new logo. RAAC member John Loch said the board decided it was time to revamp its logo.
Last year at the end of TXT 2011 Linda Foster was pretty confident the camp had been a success. This spring when she started getting calls asking if Dakota County Technical College would hold the camp again any doubt was erased. DCTC will hold TXT 2012 July 30 through Aug. 3. Registration is open now and Foster said they only have a few spots left so she encouraged people to register their girls as soon as possible. "We've had a lot of good feedback and had parents calling since March wanting to sign their girls up," said Foster.
Mary Jean Hanson is very popular in Sarah Schaefer's kindergarten class. Each Tuesday morning Hanson volunteers through the DARTS Learning Buddies program. "My kids absolutely love MJ. They all want a chance to read with her. They have benefited greatly from her," said Schaefer. Hanson's role in the classroom is to help the kids with reading, math and science. She listens to the kids read and plays math games with them during the hour a week she is in the classroom. While she's helping them, Hanson gets something in return. "It's very rewarding.
The Rosemount City Council adopted a resolution of support for the Rosemount Regional Greenway and Vermillion Highlands Regional Greenway Tuesday night. The resolution will go to the Dakota County Board of Commissioners when they consider approving plans for the greenways later this summer. Rosemount parks director Dan Schultz said because the two greenways will bring amenities to Rosemount it seemed relevant for the council to weigh in on the plans. City staff was part of the technical advisory group for the two projects.