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 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.
Rosemount released its water quality report last week and while in years past they have mailed it to residents, this year they have simply put the results on the city's website. The Minnesota Department of Health, which regulates water quality, changed their policy, allowing the city to publish the report electronically. The 2011 Water Quality Report states that no contaminants were detected at levels that violated federal drinking water standards. Some contaminants were detected in trace amount in 2011, though.
A truck struck a pole at 7:38 a.m. and knocked out power to more than 800 people. Rosemount police officer Joe Risvold said a large truck,carrying sand, was traveling north on Blaine Avenue when its front right tire hit the gravel along side the road. The gravel collapsed and pulled the truck into the ditch causing the truck to roll. The truck then struck an Xcel Energy pole knocking it over. Risvold said the driver of the truck was banged up. Paramedics assessed his condition but did not transport him.
A photograph can keep a moment from slipping into the forgotten, and residents can help ensure some of Rosemount's moments don't slip away by submitting pictures in the city's 2012 photo contest. The deadline for the 2012 photo contest, sponsored by the Rosemount Area Arts Council and Rosemount Parks and Recreation, is July 12. Contest chair Heidi Gustafson-Green said they have already received a few submissions but they are hoping for a whole lot more. The contest is open to any Rosemount resident who wants to submit a photograph.
Community of Hope Church will honor those who serve and protect during both of their services July 1. An event the church is calling Valor Sunday will celebrate, honor and thank men and women who serve their fellow people, said executive pastor Jason Lovold. Lovold said Community of Hope invites any military, police, fire or EMT personnel and their families to the July 1 services. Community of Hope holds services at 9 and 10:45 a.m.
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.