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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A little more than a year ago the Dakota County Master Gardeners lost their University of Minnesota Extension coordinator due to funding cuts. The cuts meant Barbara Stendahl lost her job and that the Dakota County Master Gardeners would be run completely by volunteers. Soon after they learned of the pending changes to their program, the master gardeners put together a leadership team and created a plan to go forward.
Down a sleepy little path one way is the Mississippi River. Walk the other way and there is a state of the art archery trail. These are just a few of the amenities the Spring Lake Park Reserve offers. Tucked in behind industrial companies and farm houses the park overlooks the Mississippi River and offers a number of recreational opportunities to area residents. The Dakota County Park is located in the eastern border of Rosemount and crosses into Nininger Township. Dakota County parks representative Doug Gross said the 1,200 acre park gets about 93,000 visitors a year.
It's hard to leave a warm June evening to sit inside and listen to someone talk about pollution, but the University of Minnesota hopes people will do it. The university and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will host a public forum on findings from the 2011 remedial investigation of UMore Park from 6 to 8 p.m. June 28 at the Rosemount Community Center. The investigation was completed of the eastern 3,500 acres of the UMore property.
The Rosemount Relay for Life was held Friday night at Irish Stadium. Hundreds gathered for the overnight walk that raises money for the American Cancer Society. Over the years Rosemount's Relay for Life events have raised nearly a million dollars for ACS.The ACS uses funds to support cancer treatment and research. This year's event had a sad undertone as its Honorary Survivor, Jeff Payette, lost his battle with Esophageal cancer on June 10. His oldest son and caregiver Joshua Payette gave a poignant speech in his absence which received a standing ovation.
The Rosemount Farmers' Market will have a new vendor this year with a pretty neat story. JonnyPops is a company started and run by four St. Olaf College students. The company sells gourmet frozen bars made in Northfield. Since the company started in 2011 it has seen steady growth and is turning a profit. That is pretty impressive considering the business run and operated by four young men who will start their junior year of college this fall.
Alina Siruk sat really still as Dakota County Child and Teen Checkups Outreach representative Sharon Diedrich put a fluoride varnish on her teeth. Afterwards she smacked her mouth. "It tasted just like raspberries," said the 11-year-old. Siruk was one of more than 30 people to have their teeth varnished by the Dakota County Public Health program at the 360 Communities Rosemount Family Resource Center Tuesday.
As a musician, Kyle Manley is used to being in front of an audience, so his newest adventure has him in a dark place: the pit. Manley, a Rosemount High School graduate, will be part of a team of directors for the Chippewa Valley Theater Guild's production of the Wizard of Oz. Manley will conduct the pit and direct the singers for the play. The theater, located in Eau Claire, Wis., will present the show June 28 through July 1. Manley is a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He is majoring in instrumental education.
At the beginning of the year, Health East released its annual report to the cities it serves including Rosemount. That report showed that response times for Rosemount were significantly higher than other cities in Dakota County. Health East provides ambulance services to several Dakota County cities, including Rosemount. Mayor Bill Droste sent a letter to the ambulance service and met with company representatives to see if those times could be improved.
Aaron Smith has ridden his bike across the United States multiple times. He's ridden through Europe and in Thailand and raised thousands of dollars for charity causes in the process. But until this year, he's never been much of a runner. He's learning fast, though. On June 23, Smith and a three other runners will gather in Watertown, S.D., to start a run that will eventually take them to Prescott, Wis.
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.