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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A Tuesday afternoon ribbon cutting officially marked the opening of Proto Labs in Rosemount. Operations at the new plant actually started in April and company CEO Brad Cleveland said things have gone "amazingly well." Proto Labs provides custom CNC machined and injection molded parts. At its Rosemount facility the company makes injection molded parts. Cleveland said the company makes parts based their customer's designs.
With several long time employees leaving, the Rosemount City Council has some thinking to do. It started that process last week during a work session. Last week it was announced that police chief Gary Kalstabakken and operations superintendent Rick Cook were retiring. Both will work their last day with the city May 31. During its May 9 work session the city council appointed Lt. Jewel Ericson as interim police chief and Jim Koslowski as interim operations superintendent. Changes in public works The public works department will undergo some changes with the retirement of Cook.
Rosemount police arrested a 61-year-old Eagan man Friday at the Robert Trail Library for allegedly exposing his genitals. Mark Pappas has been charged with two counts of fifth degree criminal sexual conduct. Police started an investigation May 8 after receiving reports of a man exposing himself at the library, according to a criminal complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney's office. During the investigation police learned Pappas regularly visited the library between 3 to 6 p.m. at the same time as kids from Rosemount Middle School arrived to do their homework or wait for a ride.
As a congregation, Lighthouse Christian Church aims to connect people with Jesus Christ. As part of that effort the church is getting out into the community and showing the love of God through care and kindness. On May 19 the church will hold a volunteer day for its members. Members of the congregation will roll up their sleeves, get dirty and do some good in Rosemount and beyond. "We want to get out there and be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ.
Serendipity can lead to some amazing things. For Chris Edman it lead him to The HighGround, a veteran's park in Neillsville Wis. Last year, Edman didn't know anything about The HighGround. And then one day last winter at the Rosemount American Legion, someone showed him a HighGround newsletter. The country's largest manned veteran's park was looking for someone to do a video for them. Turns out Edman is an award-winning videographer. At first glance, Edman knew it was a project he needed to take on. While he's not a veteran, Edman has a deep respect for those who have served.
People share all sorts of things when they're sitting in the stylist's chair. Some are happy, such as engagements or births. Others are heart wrenching, such as a friend struggling with poverty. "We have the opportunity to hear what's going on in people's lives," said Sara Nivala, owner of Nivala and Company salon. What's become clear to Nivala lately is that there are people in the community struggling. Nivala said clients have shared some harrowing stories.
Janice Ladendorf has two loves -- horses and writing. Fortunately for her, she's been able to combine the two for more than 50 years. Most recently the Eagan-based author came out with a historical western titled Heart of a Falcon. The coming of age story follows 14-year-old Lisbet McTavish as she embarks on a quest in 1830. A tomboy, Lisbet is imaginative and lonely. Lisbet also has a hidden heritage that links her to the spirit world of Native Americans.
The city of Rosemount held a public informational meeting Tuesday night to talk about the Alternative Urban Areawide Review currently under way on 5,000 acres of land targeted for development by the University of Minnesota. The focus of the meeting was to share development scenarios for the property known as UMore Park and to take comment about the view. City planner Eric Zweber said as part of the AUAR staff has developed three development scenarios.
The flurry of activity at the capitol over the last couple days looks like it will have a direct impact on one Rosemount institution. Included in bonding bills passed by both the Minnesota Senate and House is a project to renovate 118,000 sq. ft. at Dakota County Technical College. "This is a good day for us," said DCTC president Dr. Ron Thomas. The House and Senate passed slightly different versions of the bill Monday, but both included the DCTC project.
Strong play from Luke Gillette helped the Irish improve their outlook Tuesday. The Irish placed 6th out of ten teams in a South Suburban Conference meet Tuesday at Bracketts Crossing. The team's combined score was 321. While their ranking wasn't as high as coach Kyle Fredrickson had hoped the team came out of the meet feeling better after a discouraging weekend. "I think this is what we are capable of," said Fredrickson of the meet. Gillette led the pack shooting a season best 75, Josh Doyle followed with a 77, Jake Sweetman scored an 83 and Cody Schultz shot an 86.