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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Over the last year and a half Jodi Norgaarden has watched as suicide has devastated lives around her. Family, friends and acquaintances all have been affected by its aftermath. "I felt super helpless in seeing this," said Norgaarden. A mother of two, Norgaarden knew there had to be a way to positively impact youth going through pain and helplessness. So, she started talking with friends and devised a plan. What fell into place is Safe Expressions, an art class designed to help young women deal with negative feelings. The first class will be aimed at young women in grades 9 through 12.
Activity is moving right along for a planned Rosemount park and ride lot. This week a designer delivered the preliminary drawings for the building and the city demolished an old house that stood on the property. The park and ride will be constructed on the corner of 145th Street and Burnely Avenue. Community development director Kim Lindquist said while funding to build the project this year hasn't been approved yet, the engineering and design consultant for the project, Stanec, has worked in anticipation that it will be.
The city of Rosemount is in the midst of working out contracts with all of its unions. Police are the city's biggest unit, so city staff has concentrated efforts there. On Feb. 15 city administrator Dwight Johnson shared the police union's most recent offer with the city council. He said union leaders offered a contract that would include a 1 percent raise in 2012, a 1 percent raise in January 2013 and another 1 percent in July 2013. They also asked for a $50 increase per year for the uniform stipend, bringing the number to $750. The union consists of 17 police officers.
Endings are sad. And it's a cold hard fact of life that most things have an end, be it the end of life itself, the loss of a job or the breaking up of a relationship. The Bible says in the book of Ecclesiastes 3:1, There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the sun. Knowing something is supposed to end doesn't make it easy to understand, though. And dealing with grief can be difficult. St. Joseph Church pastor Paul Jarvis will present as part of a four-week Growing through Loss series offered by the Inter-denominational Coalition of South Suburban Churches.
Considering the emphasis Rosemount puts on its Irish heritage, it seems a little odd that the town is relatively quiet on St. Patrick's Day. That's about to change though, because the Rosemount Rotary Club has planned a big party to celebrate. On St. Patrick's Day the Rosemount Rotary Club will host the Irish for a Day Soiree. Club president Denise Kniefel said the club wanted to tap into Rosemount's pride in its Irish heritage while hosting a fundraiser. With no other large events in town on St. Patrick's Day, the event made sense. The Irish for a Day Soiree will start at 6:30 p.m.
A child dies every 45 seconds from malaria. Not long ago, it was every 30 seconds. A big reason for that slowdown is the efforts of the United Methodist Church. "Our church is fighting really hard to end suffering from malaria," said Leia Williams. Williams is a field coordinator for Imagine No Malaria, a program put together by the United Methodist Church to combat malaria related deaths. On Feb. 12 Williams spoke to the Rosemount United Methodist Church congregation about Imagine No Malaria and how the church can help.
The Rosemount Police Department has a reputation, and according to some bar owners it's killing their businesses. Six bar owners and managers attended Wednesday night's city council work session to complain about how often police pull over customers and staff especially in the late night hours. Carbone's Pizza owner Dave Landgrebe said he feels like his customers and staff have been harassed by the city's police officers and that because of it he's losing business.
The Rosemount Knights of Columbus do a great deal of good in the community. To do that though, they need to raise money. So the Catholic men's organization is putting on a spring turkey and ham Bingo fundraiser. The Rosemount Knights of Columbus will host the event at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at St. Joseph's Church Social Hall. Grand Knight Jeff Bunke said the event will mirror the group's fall Bingo event. The event will have a Mardi Gras theme. Proceeds raised will be distributed to different charities.
Rosemount residents can have some free fun with the family at the city's annual Family Fun Fest. For the fifth year in a row, the Rosemount Parks and Recreation Department will offer the event from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Rosemount Community Center. Parks supervisor Lisa Maurer said this year's event will feature music by the Alpha Bits. The Alpha Bits consist of Sandy and Chris Hinding, who have been performing for kids for more than 10 years.
Minnesota State University, Mankato honors list The academic high honor and honor lists for the past fall semester at Minnesota State University, Mankato has been released. Several Rosemount students earned a spot on the high honor list by achieving a 4.0 grade point average. Those students include Melissa Johnson, Emily Nelson, Kiley Nuernberg, Nicholas Pipho,Eric Pittelkow, and Alexandra Wyss. Several more local students were named to the honor list.