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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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.
SKB Environmental received the go-ahead Tuesday night to start composting on their Rosemount property. The Rosemount City Council approved an amendment to the city's waste management zoning district to allow the practice and adopted a resolution approving an interim use permit to SKB for composting. Community development director Kim Lindquist said SKB will conduct the composting over closed industrial waste cells. The cells have a clay liner that prevents contamination of the soil or water.
It came down to sudden death but for one Rosemount golfer his season continues. Jake Sweetman qualified for the state tournament after beating out two other players in a three-hole shoot out including his teammate and best friend Luke Gillett. "It was great," said coach Kyle Fredrickson. While the goal was to qualify for state as a team, Fredrickson said he is proud of his team's performance at the 3AAA Section Tournament. The team came in fourth at Bunker Hills.
The Rosemount Boys Golf team had a good showing during the first round of the 3AAA Section Tournament. The team scored 322 to tie Woodbury for fourth place. The top five teams make it to the second round played at Bunker Hills Golf Course Friday. Coach Kyle Fredrickson was happy with the way his team played. Fredrickson hopes the team can pull off another good round and qualify for state. Currently the team is 13 strokes behind leader East Ridge. Rosemount would also have to overcome Hastings and Eagan. Luke Gillett led Rosemount with a 74, a season low for him.
Kids can win prizes for reading this summer through the Dakota County Library System. The summer reading program will kick off June 11 and children and teens are encouraged to take advantage. Robert Trail Library manager Jamie Jurgenson said kids from birth to age 18 can participate and have some fun. Kids should go to their local library to sign up. With their registration they will receive a reading record. Kids can record any time they spend reading or listening. Jurgenson said reading can be done just about anywhere -- in bed, in the car or on the beach.
The Robert Trail Library is looking for teen volunteers -- or Volunteens -- to help with their summer reading program. Teen librarian Linda Armstrong said the big task for Volunteens will be to register children and teens for library's annual summer reading program. The reading program kicks off June 11. Volunteers will also make lunch bags and placemats for the Meals on Wheels program. Teens, ages 12 to 18, can volunteer with the program. It's a big job. Last year more than 1,100 children participated in the program. Armstrong said the first couple weeks are really busy.
Keith Reed heard the song "I dreamed I saw Joe Hill" years ago and thought nothing of it. The song has been sung by many including Woody Guthrie and Joan Baez. Yet the song didn't resonate with Reed until a few years ago. After hearing the song again, Reed decided to learn more about the man who had inspired it. Turns out, Joe Hill was a pretty interesting fellow worth a few lyrics. Hill, a Swedish immigrant, was a songwriter and avid union supporter for the Industrial Workers of the World. He wrote songs like Casey Jones-The Union Scab to inspire workers to fight for their rights.
No one wants to plan for death, but facts are it will happen to all of us. And in case of the worst it's good to have some decisions made, so others don't have to make them for you. To help Rosemount residents get ready, Church of St. Joseph will host a Life Planning Seminar from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 6 at St. Joseph Social Hall, 13900 Biscayne Ave. The seminar will be hosted by the pastoral care ministry. Organizer Luke Rennie said while it's not fun, planning for the end of life can be helpful to loved ones.