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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Those piles of already read books sitting on your nightstand could do some good for the community. The Friends of the Robert Trail Library are once again collecting books for the organization's book sale. Through the month of March FORT will collect books, CDs and DVDs to sell. The sale will be held April 19 through April 21. The sale is FORT's only fundraiser. Last year the group raised more than $3,000. "We really appreciate the support we got last year," said Jo Gilbertson, FORT president. The Friends of the Robert Trail Library provides support to the library.
Signs of an economic recovery can be seen throughout Rosemount and mayor Bill Droste focused on those during his State of the City Address March 6 at the Rosemount Steeple Center. Droste gave his tenth State of the City Address as mayor to a crowd of about 60 people. He said over the years there have been several common themes. "One is that the state of Rosemount is strong. And I'm proud to say that is the case this year." As evidence, Droste listed businesses that have opened in Rosemount over the course of the last year. Those businesses will bring hundreds of jobs with.
The city of Rosemount hopes equipping each of its city council members with iPads will cut down on paper use and on the time staff members spend putting together meeting packets. Each Rosemount City Council member was equipped with one of the tablet computers at the beginning of the year. "(The iPads) will more than pay for themselves in a year," said city administrator Dwight Johnson. The cost of the five iPads was roughly $2,500. Johnson said the city should save at least that much in printing and delivery costs in the first year.
After a year hiatus, the Shamrock Film Festival will once again showcase what local filmmaking talent has to offer. After trying some different things in 2010, festival director Beth Adams said organizers are trying to keep things simple in 2012. For the public the festival will have a Best of Show presentation from 6 to 9 p.m. March 10 at the Steeple Center, 14375 S. Robert Tr. Adams said the festival screening will include the winners of the various categories and some previous winners.
Over the past few years house construction has been down significantly in Rosemount and neighboring communities. That's about to change. D.R. Horton has started building its Prestwick Place neighborhood on the Eastern edge of the city. The model house, 14178 Abbeyfield Ave., has been finished and the company wants to show off what it has to offer. On March 8 the city will host a ribbon cutting at the house to celebrate the development. Sales representative Catherine Kleve said D.R. Horton is excited to offer single-family homes in Rosemount.
Going into his tenth State of the City address, Rosemount mayor Bill Droste said the annual speeches have gotten easier. But he still doesn't look forward to it. "It's not as nerve wracking as the first time," joked Droste. For this year's event Droste will reflect on all that happened in 2011 and then share the city's plans for 2012.
Dust, noise and quality of life were the issues brought up at a public hearing regarding changes to the city's mining ordinance. The planning commission held the first round of a two-part public hearing Tuesday on allowing large scale mining on the University of Minnesota's UMore property. The University of Minnesota has partnered with Dakota Aggregates to mine sand and gravel on 1,250-acres on the western edge of its UMore Park property in Rosemount and Empire Township.
The Rosemount Family Resource Center has a heavily used food shelf. The center serves 600 individuals a month, and volunteer coordinator Shira Rabinowicz said half of those people are children. "Our shelves are empty," said Rabinowicz. The Rosemount Rotary Club wants to make sure those people get the food they depend on. As part of its Fight Hunger campaign, the club will place boxes in as many Rosemount businesses as possible to collect food donations during the month of March.
Hanging on the wall of Louis Damiani's apartment is a frame crafted by his friend Ken Talbert. In the frame is a handsome picture of Damiani when he was a Navy Pilot. Below that picture is a row of medals he earned while serving during World War II. And below the medals are pictures Damiani took during his time in the South Pacific aboard the battleship USS Tennessee. While simple, the frame displays an important part of Damiani's life.
A packed house turned out to defend city parks at the Rosemount Planning Commission meeting Tuesday night. The commission held a public hearing regarding several text amendments regarding public and institutional uses. One of the recommended changes was to change the zoning of the city's parks from public/institutional to residential. The proposed change did not sit well with many residents. More than 100 people turned out for the meeting. Residents spilled out of council chambers into the lobby of city hall.