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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Brad Wegner got his first guitar at the age of 14. It was a gift from his parents. They bought it from JC Penny's. The gift spurred a lifetime passion for music. He taught himself to play and in high school Wegner started playing in bands. He has continued to do so for more than 30 years. Currently, he is a founding member of the band FlashBack. Now, at 53, Wegner is turning his hobby into a second career. On April 20 he opened The Guitar Shop in downtown Rosemount. The shop sells guitars and equipment, and provides lessons and repairs.
Over the years, the city of Rosemount has given away more than 2,000 trees on Arbor Day. The trees serve as shade and decoration and help increase property values. They also improve air quality and help make Rosemount a more beautiful place to live. To help promote the planting of trees the city participates in the Tree City USA program, which includes an annual Arbor Day celebration. "This is a special year," said Dan Schultz, Rosemount Parks and Recreation director. This is the 20th year the city will have participated in the program.
It took longer than expected but the Rosemount Planning Commission on Tuesday recommended the city council pass an ordinance to regulate large scale mining. The council will make the final decision at its May 15 meeting. The council will also discuss the ordinance at its May 9 work session. Approval of the ordinance will pave the way for Dakota Aggregates to mine 1,250 acres in southern Rosemount. Before it can begin mining the company will have to apply for a permit.
The Rosemount Planning Commission voted Tuesday to approve a site plan for a city athletic complex on the UMore property. The commission had delayed the conversation because of concerns about pollution on the property. The delay came about when planning commissioners brought concerns about soil pollution to their March 27 meeting. The concerns were prompted by the discovery of asbestos in soil on Dakota County Technical College's property. The college found the carcinogenic material while grading for new athletic fields on its east end.
The Rosemount City Council will regulate the use of coal tar-based sealer products. The council unanimously decided to ban use of the substance in Rosemount, which means residents and businesses won't be able to use the sealants on their driveways. The council held a brief discussion on the topic before voting. At the first reading of the ordinance council member Jeff Weisensel had asked whether the city could more harshly punish people who use the substance.
April poems can bring May prizes. Poets can submit their original poems through April 30 to be part of the Dakota County Library Poetry Contest. Rosemount librarian Kathy Kleckner said the contest is a good way for aspiring writers to get their work out into the public. The contest is being put on as part of National Poetry Month. "It's an opportunity to get poetry out. Beyond school there really aren't many opportunities to share," said Kleckner. Poets of all ages can submit original poems.
For the Friends of the Robert Trail Library, planning their annual book sale was a lot easier this year. But moving and organizing 5,000 books is still a lot of work. "It's good work, though," said president Jo Gilbertson. The friends group has spent the last week at the library getting ready for its second annual book sale. The book sale will start at 4 p.m. Thursday with a member's only preview. The first night is open to all FORT members.
Ray Barton is a charter member of the Rosemount Lions Club. A newcomer to town in 1962, he joined the club to get to know people and to do some good in the community. 50 years later, Barton knows a lot of people in town, and he and the club have done a lot of good. "I still enjoy going and the associations," said Barton of his membership in the club. The Rosemount club chartered March 27, 1962. At the time it was a men's organization and the club started with 29 members. Barton said the members were mostly businessmen in town. Over the years, some things changed.
Over the past several years the city of Rosemount has worked to become a more bike friendly city. To make sure everyone has the ability to enjoy those changes, some members of the community have put together a bicycle drive. The Evermoor Glendalough neighborhood has partnered with 360 Communities Rosemount Family Resource Center to collect and distribute bikes to people in Rosemount. They are asking residents to donate their gently used bikes. "We are targeting the whole community," said organizer Stacey Troshinsky.
Surface Water Management isn't real exciting to talk about. But in the event of a really big storm, what the city chooses to do with it could impact a lot of residents. Last week the Rosemount City Council and the city's utility commission held a joint work session to talk about the city's surface water management plan. The city adopted its current plan in the early 2000s. The city's plan has to be prepared to deal with a 100-year, 24 hour rainfall event combined with overflow.