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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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.
The definition of caritas is loving kindness, or love in action. The nine singers of Caritas Vocal Ensemble live that definition by helping others through music. The a capella group performs concerts with the purpose of raising money for non-profits that provide basic human services in the Twin Cities. The funds they raise put roofs over heads, clothes on backs and food in bellies. "It gives us a purpose to sing," said Caritas president June Bethke Petrie. Caritas will perform at 4 p.m. Feb. 19 at Rosemount United Methodist Church.
Due to warm weather the city of Rosemount has shut down its four outdoor ice rinks. If the weather gets colder, parks supervisor Lacelle Cordes said the rinks at Central and Jaycee parks could reopen. With temperatures in the 40s this week, the rinks are slushy and unfit for skating. Weather forecasts over the next couple of weeks don't show much of a change. "The 15 day outlook doesn't look promising," said Cordes of reopening the rinks. The rinks opened Dec. 27, a week later than originally planned.
Need a sweet thing to do for your Valentine? The Rosemount Area Arts Council can hook you up. RAAC will present a free performance of Love Letters at 2 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Rosemount Steeple Center. The Pulitzer Prize-winning drama follows two characters Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepeacy Ladd III, as they read through a lifetime of letters, notes and cards that have passed between them. The play was written by A.R. Gurney. "It involves two adults who started writing when they were children.
Boogie, jump and play your winter blues away with Community of Hope Church. The church will host a Winter Carnival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 4. The free event will feature a bunch of ways to have fun, including music, jumpers, games and prizes, said director of communications Renee Graves. Kids Dance DJ will provide the tunes. And for those who go hungry, lunch will be available for $1. "We just want to bring people together to have some fun," said Graves. This is the fifth year Community of Hope will open its doors to the public for the event.
Sen. Al Franken and Deputy Energy Secretary Daniel Poneman toured the University of Minnesota Wind Research Field Station at UMore Park Jan. 27.
A Rosemount family got a rude wake up call early this morning when a car crashed into their house. Police chief Gary Kalstabakken said officers received a call at 12:58 a.m. reporting the accident. The caller said he heard a vehicle run into the house. When police arrived at 13670 Crosscliffe Place they found a white 2008 Ford Expedition in the house. The vehicle had been traveling west bound on Connemara Trail when it left the road, went airborne and clipped a tree.