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 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.
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.