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.
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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.
The Veteran's Memorial in Central Park is solemn and simple. On it are the names of the men from Rosemount who have died defending the United States of America as members of the Armed Forces. On May 28 hundreds of residents will gather at the granite monument to honor those dead and others who paid the ultimate sacrifice. "Memorial Day is a day to pay tribute and remember those who sacrificed everything for our country," said VFW Post 9433 commander David Gary. Gary will act as the master of ceremonies for the event that seems to grow a little bigger each year.
Starting in June the inevitable summer road construction will disrupt traffic patterns in Rosemount. This year's projects will include improvements to 145th Street West, Shannon Parkway and streets in the Shannon Hills neighborhood. At its last meeting the Rosemount City Council approved assessments for the project and gave the go ahead for McNamara Construction to start work in June. McNamara came in as the low bidder for the project with a bid of $1,052,182. The estimate total cost of the project is $1,263,099. Work will begin June 4 in the Shannon Hills neighborhood.
The Irish boys golf team played its last South Suburban Conference meet of the season Monday afternoon. The Irished finished ninth out of 10 teams at Valleywood Golf Course in Apple Valley. Coach Kyle Fredrickson said the course has a lot of quirks, which made it hard to overcome without prior play there.
Early results of an environmental study show that the University of Minnesota will be able to develop 3,500 acres of land on the eastern part of its UMore Park property, but further testing will be required on a piece-by-piece basis as development proceeds. The Rosemount City Council and Planning Commission held a joint meeting Tuesday to hear a presentation on the presence of pollution on the property The meeting was for information purposes only.
Filing for two Rosemount city council seats will open May 22. The seats are currently held by Matt Kearney and Jeff Weisensel. Resident can file for the four-year seats through June 5. If more than four people file for candidacy than a primary will be held Aug. 14. Candidates have until June 7 to withdraw. The General Election will be Nov. 6. City clerk Amy Domeier said residents must file their candidacy in person at city hall, 2875 145th St. City hall is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost is $5. To run for Rosemount City Council residents must be 21 years-old by time they take office.
Sherrill Backes loves sewing and interior design. As owner of Sherrill's Interiors she combines her two loves to create custom-made housewares including window treatments, furniture, accents and more. "Combing the two was a way to do what I love," said Backes. Sewing is a skill that has served her well. And despite the recession Backes has been able to keep her business going for more than 10 years.
Valley Bike and Ski has put on a community biking event for the last four years to increase exposure to cycling in Apple Valley. This year they want to highlight the work Rosemount has done to become more cycling friendly, so route planners created a loop that goes through town. "We want to show off the great improvements Rosemount has made in becoming a more bike friendly community," said Jeff Milbauer, president of Valley Bike and Ski. The Valley Bike and Ski Community Bike Ride will take place from noon to 4 p.m. May 20. The ride will begin in the Minnesota Zoo Puma parking lot.