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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Attention Rosemount Middle School students: gather up your friends and head to the Rosemount Communitiy Center April 20 for a night of fun. Teens in sixth, seventh and eighth grades can enjoy a night of dancing, games and food. The event is being put on through a partnership of the Rosemount Parks and Recreation Department, Southwest YMCA, Lighthouse Christian Church and Community of Hope Church.
When the Rosemount Rotary Club started its food drive at the beginning of March the goal was to collect 500 pounds. Apparently, they were aiming a bit low. The club brought in more than 2,500 pounds of food as part of Minnesota Food Share Month. Rotary member Laura Briggs said the club has been astonished at the outpouring of support they received from the community for the food drive. More than 85 businesses let the club have boxes in their locations to collect food and several held promotions to encourage giving.
Rosemount's parks and recreation department is looking for a little more variety in its greenery. The city has made it a goal for the years to come to diversify the city's tree population. Recently the city learned that it would receive a $20,000 Minnesota Department of Natural Resource grant to help meet that goal. The city received the money through the Community Forest Bonding Grants.
For the last several years Pete Terry has found himself at a crossroads. Follow the Ace brand down its path or go his own way. While it was costly in both dollars and time, Terry has decided to drop the Ace franchise for his two hardware stores. Over the last several months customers in Rosemount and Hastings have likely noticed as the business has transformed into Terry's Hardware. "(Ace's) business model and mine diverged," Terry said in explaining the split. The two stores will continue to offer a wide range of hardware products.
Looking for a cheap bike? The Rosemount Police Depart will hold its unclaimed goods garage sale April 14 and there will be bikes aplenty. The sale will start at 8 a.m. at the storage garage north of city hall. Police chief Gary Kalstabakken said the department has 67 bicycles and a number of other items to sell at the event. The police department holds garage sales periodically to clear out space in the city's evidence locker and storage space. Over time the department collects bikes and other goods that have either been found or recovered as stolen goods.
An icon is a window to heaven -- a visual scripture written through a meditative and prayerful process. St. Joseph's pastor Paul Jarvis has long appreciated the deeper meaning of the art, and has a collection. Last year he used them during a service at St. Joseph's, and it got parishioner Sue Duggan to thinking she could paint the depictions. She told Jarvis as much, and he encouraged her to do it. An Icon is a religious work of art. The painted pieces usually depict portraits of Jesus Christ, Mary or saints but can also show narratives about sacred depictions.
The Rosemount City Council conducted a first reading Monday of an ordinance that will regulate the use of coal tar-based sealing products. If the ordinance is approved after a second reading it will mean residents and businesses won't be able to use the sealants on their driveways. The ordinance aims to stop the use of the sealants in Rosemount to protect the city's stormwater ponds and wetlands.
Rosemount city staff has spent the last month revising an ordinance for large-scale mining operations that would pave the way for Dakota Aggregates to mine 1,250 acres in southern Rosemount.
Since he left the National Guard a couple years ago, Jason Anderson has been trying to decide what to do with his future. After pondering it for a while he has decided to become a business owner. This spring, Anderson started Rich Valley Lawn Care. Anderson served in the Army National Guard for 15 years and served two deployments in Iraq. Family commitments led him to retire in 2010.
The Rosemount Youth Lacrosse program has been picking up steam since 2008. In its relatively short existence it has grown to serve more than 200 girls and boys in kindergarten through 10th grade. To build excitement around the program and to bring the lacrosse community together, the Rosemount Youth Lacrosse program will host its first LAXtravaganza from 1 to 4 p.m.