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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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.
Members of Community of Hope Church had a reason to party Sunday. The church celebrated its 10th anniversary. Members celebrated with services and cake. "It's so exciting to see God moving in this body," said Renee Graves, director of communications. The church got its first breaths of life in late 2000. The church started as a plant of several Evangelical Lutheran Churches in America congregations. In May of 2001 representatives from several churches met to explore the idea of planting a church in Rosemount. The churches involved were Prince of Peace in Burnsville, Hosanna!
The city of Rosemount is currently taking comments on the Alternative Urban Area Review for County Road 42 and Akron Avenue. The city originally adopted the environmental document in 2007. An AUAR anticipates the impact of development in an area and how cities can mitigate those impacts. The area within the AUAR has been mostly labeled residential. Currently there are two developments going up in the area: Prestwick Place Second addition, which includes 29 lots, and Prestwick Place Third Addition, which includes 27 lots. Additionally, Connemara Trail is being extended to Akron Avenue.
Two Rosemount establishments will expand their businesses in 2012. After holding public hearings, the Rosemount City Council approved new liquor licenses for MGM Liquor and Tops Pizza during their meeting Monday night. MGM Wine and Spirts plans to move its operation from the Rosemount Crossing location to the former Shenanigan's Liquor Store site at 15047 Crestone Ave. Owner Mike Maglich told the city council the former Shenanigan's site is larger than their current location and will allow the store to provide a wider selection of products.
When Rachel Vath was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 19 last summer, she didn't ask why? While others around her did, Rachel didn't see any use in dwelling on a question that couldn't be answered. The question she asked was how to beat the cancer. Rachel, a 2010 Rosemount High School graduate and hockey standout, was diagnosed with breast cancer in July. She first noticed a lump in her breast her junior year of high school. Doctors insisted that it was likely a cyst. Then last year the lump started to grow and hurt.
The Rosemount City Council approved a pay raise Monday for the city's firefighters. Going forward, firefighters will receive $6 per call and drill instead of the $2 they have been getting. The city council has talked about raising the pay for firefighters since last summer. The council anticipated the raise while planning the city's 2012 budget. The raise will be effective as of Jan. 1, 2012. "It's a step in the right direction," said fire chief Scott Aker. Even with the raise, Rosemount firefighters receive less than many other departments.
Photographer Annie Griffiths has seen the world, not only through her camera lens but as a mother. Through those experiences Griffiths has a lot to tell and by sharing her story she has become a popular speaker both nationally and internationally. She has been named one of the "Best of the Best Speakers" by the World Presidents' Association. Rosemount residents will get the chance to hear Griffiths talk about her global adventures from 6 to 8:30 Feb. 23 at the Rosemount Steeple Center.
Friday, Feb. 3, is National Wear Red Day. This is the day we are asked to wear red to bring attention to women's heart disease. Do you know heart disease is the leading cause of death in women? It kills more women than the next three causes combined. A heart attack occurs when the blood flow to a part of the heart is blocked, usually by a blood clot. If this clot cuts off the blood flow completely, the part of the heart muscle supplied by that artery begins to die. My mother died of a heart attack in the summer of 1998. She had been visiting my sister and her family in Florida.
Christina Kim loves math. She also loves teaching. The Lakeville resident has combined her loves for many years by working as a high school math teacher and math tutor. This past year, though, Kim was looking for a new opportunity. The mom of two wanted to continue helping kids learn, but she wanted a change.