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 Rosemount Planning Commission recommended the city council approve a conditional use permit that will allow Verizon Wireless to add 12 antennas to an existing tower and to build ground equipment to help run the antennas. The tower is located on the Vic's Welding and Engineering property.
A partnership brewing between the city of Rosemount and the Rosemount Area Arts Council could mean a more welcoming Rosemount. In June, RAAC leaders proposed a partnership in which members of the organization would start a front porch program. The program would provide volunteers to run a welcome and information center from the lobby of the Rosemount Steeple Center.
The three finalists for the Rosemount Police Chief are Jewel Ericson, Rosemount police lieutenant; Michael Marben, police captain in Apple Valley; and Eric Werner, police captain in Burnsville. The community will have the chance to meet the three finalists from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 1, at city hall. After former chief Gary Kalstabakken retired at the end of May, the city council instructed city staff to narrow the field to three candidates. On July 18, seven candidates were interviewed by two panels.
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.