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 city of Rosemount had a surplus in 2011. In fact, the city had an excess of more than $548,000. On March 6 the city council decided what to do with that money. The council passed a resolution that distributed the funds in three ways. First, the city will use $60,000 to pay off its part of the debt for the Dakota Communications Center.
As interest in eating healthfully has grown, so has an interest in gardening. But what do you do when you don't have much space? John Zweber says square-foot gardening is the way to go, and he can teach you how to do it. Zweber will present Square Foot Gardening at 10:30 a.m. March 17 at the Robert Trail Library. During the two-hour presentation, Zweber, owner of Easy Gardens by John, will demonstrate how to build 4x4 container garden. He will cover how to choose the amount and kinds of plants that do well in such a garden. He will talk about proper care and harvest.
During her two year stint as Dean of Student Affairs, Christine Pigsley found herself working with veteran students quite often. And during that time she found there wasn't really a good fit for many of them at Dakota County Technical College or any other school. So after her stint ended, Pigsley started brainstorming with some other faculty members to find ways to change that. What they came up with is the Yellow Ribbon Entrepreneurs Initiative. The program will be limited to only veterans and will begin in Fall 2012.
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.