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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Yefim Milshteyn has a sweet smile and when he laughs his whole face lights up. While he doesn't speak much English, his expressions and hand gestures give context to the stories he tells. And Milshteyn has incredible stories to tell. Milshteyn is a survivor of Nazi and Soviet genocides. As a teenager and young man during the 1940s Milshteyn experienced the hell of the Nazi regime and then the Soviets.
There were far fewer people at Tuesday night's public hearing on rezoning parts of Rosemount than there were at a similar hearing a month ago. But at least one person still objected to the planning commission's move to rezone schools and churches to match the residential zones where they are located in. The fairly quiet meeting was a big change from last month's meeting. More than 100 people attended the meeting to speak out against changes to the city's parks.
Dakota County Technical College is in the business of creating a skilled work force. The school fills a gap that puts people to work in careers that are booming. But it's hard to continue doing that when the facilities it uses are out of date. The school hasn't had an update to its transportation careers and technical careers program areas since 1973, the same year the Vietnam War ended. School administrators say the areas are outdated, poorly ventilated and technologically insufficient.
Dakota County Technical College will host an evening of elegance to support student scholarships. And the school is inviting everyone to take part in the first True Blue Gala. "This fundraising event will benefit students by helping them pay for tuition and books and allowing them to stay in college when they experience financial hardship," said Tharan Leopold, DCTC's executive director of the Foundation and Alumni.
The Rosemount Spring Egg Hunt will take place March 31. But it really should be renamed the Rosemount Spring Egg Dash. In a matter of minutes, young Rosemount residents will grab up 6,000 filled eggs and 10,000 pieces of candy. The event will be held at the Ames Soccer Complex on the Dakota County Technical College Campus. It will begin promptly at 10 a.m. Latecomers will be disappointed. "It's a lot of fun, but it's a short event," said parks supervisor Lisa Maurer. This will be the 23rd annual Spring Egg Hunt put on by the Rosemount Parks and Recreation Department.
The Rosemount City Council held the first hearing Tuesday for an ordinance change that will require a permit for gatherings of 500 or more in city parks. The second reading will take place at the April 3 city council meeting. The ordinance changes the city's policy, which currently requires permits for gatherings of 1,200 or more. Parks director Dan Schultz said the change came about as staff noticed a need to better ensure the safety and welfare of people attending large events. Schultz said more large gatherings are happening in the city's parks, which is a good thing.
The Rosemount Planning Commission will be busy March 27. With four public hearings on the agenda, the commission will have a lot on its plate. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at city hall. Here is a rundown of what they commissioners will talk about. Continuation of rezoning During the February planning commission meeting dozens of people showed up to protest zoning changes to the city's parks and institutions.
Tami Carlson has wanted to do the Susan G. Komen 3-Day walk for a while, but she never seemed to have the time. After being diagnosed with breast cancer last year, Carlson made it a priority this year to walk the 60 miles. "It's something I've always wanted to do," said Carlson. Carlson and seven other Rosemount Middle School employees will do it together in August. The team consists of Carlson, Tiffany Kienitz, Christin Carlson, Tamara Colucci, Pamela Jaye, Ellie Mazzio, Kelly Mertz-Gag and Mary Thompson.
Junior Girl Scout Troop 52920 has done a lot of service projects over the last five years. The projects have done a lot of good, but they were usually one shot and done. As part of their Girl Scouting requirements, this year the troop of nine girls has to do a journey. Their journey has to include something called a take action project, a sustainable and longer-term project that does some good for the community. "It's their first take action project.
The Rosemount American Legion honored the city's police officer and firefighter of the year March 10. Police officer Jason Waage and fire fighter Tom Bigalk were named top in their fields for 2012. Jason Waage Police chief Gary Kalstabakken said Waage was chosen as officer of the year by a committee from the police department.