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 Dakota County Communities for a Lifetime Initiative aims to make communities a good place to grow up and grow older. As part of the initiative the department of health is asking cities to establish groups that work to ensure that goal. On Tuesday, Jess Luce, a Communities for a Lifetime Initiative supervisor, explained the program to the Rosemount City Council and encouraged them to form a group. Luce said over the next 10 years the number of people over 65 is projected to increase by 67 percent.
Stacy Lufkin is a breast cancer survivor. She learned of the cancer when she went in for her first routine mammogram at 40. When she went in for the test, she wasn't worried. Her family had no history and she was healthy. So, it was a shock when the mammogram found something. Four years later Lufkin is a cancer survivor and her experience has ignited a passion to make a difference.
There are more than 7,000 Rosemount residents under the age of 18, and the city council and its youth commission want to make sure they are being represented well. On May 12 the two bodies will partner to host a youth summit. The goal of the summit is to get perspective on issues that affect young people and to get input on ideas for amenities in the community to serve youth. Youth commission member Adam Kutz said the groups hope to get opinions from teens in the community as well as from their parents and people who work with youth about a variety of issues.
Three years ago Dakota County Technical College bought 100 acres on its east end from the University of Minnesota. Two years ago the college started construction of a baseball field. While construction crews moved dirt for the project, small pieces of non-friable asbestos turned up. Director of operations Paul DeMuth said the asbestos came from siding, which lined buildings the university demolished in 1995. Similar buildings with the same siding can be seen on the UMore land still today. DCTC moved the asbestos and the dirt to another site on the campus.
Catherine Grant likes peculiar plants. The adjunct Dakota County Technical College teacher makes it a point to fill the school's greenhouses with unusual varieties of geraniums, impatiens, zinnias and more. They are common plants, but not the varieties you'll see anywhere else. It's what makes the DCTC horticulture club's annual plant sale special. The club will hold this year's event May 10 and 11 at the DCTC greenhouse. "It's wild and crazy and so much fun," said Kim Bloomquist.
Linda Satriano worked as a legal secretary for 30 years. Two years ago, she and several others were offered buyouts. Satriano wasn't ready to retire, so she didn't take it. In the back of her mind, though, she knew her days with the company were coming to an end. So, Satriano asked herself what she would do if she got laid off. After doing research on different businesses, Satriano decided she would like to open a children's consignment shop.
Joshua Beasley loves shows like America's Next Top Model and Project Runway. And while watching them he always thought, "I could do that." Now, as part of a YouTube reality fashion show, he has learned it's not as easy as it seems. Beasley is competing on Beauty Vlogger Boot Camp, which is being shown on the u look haute YouTube channel "Now, being on the other side of things, I realize how hard it is," said Beasley of his experience. The show stars Elle and Blaire Folwer.
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.