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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Christine Larson has long had an interest in her family history. She enjoys learning about her ancestors and making connections to the people who went before her. As a Dakota County librarian she also enjoys helping others find their own family histories. Larson will lead a class on finding family history on the Internet from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 11 at the Robert Trail Library computer lab. Larson said the class will focus on the basics of finding family history online.
The Dakota County Community Development Agency plans to initiate a loan program in 2012 that will help people winterize their homes. The city of Rosemount would like to see the program happen, so the city council directed its 2012 Community Development Block Grant funds to help get it up and going. Rosemount will allocate a little more than $42,000 to program. The funding will be used to offer Winterization Plus Program loans to Rosemount residents.
In ninth grade, Stephen Sawyer started serving as a student volunteer on the parks and recreation commission. That was almost four years ago, and at the end of the school year his time on the commission will come to an end. All in all, Sawyer said it was a good experience that taught him a lot about what goes into the city's parks and how local government operates. "Developing a park is a pretty intensive process.
Christmas will be over before long, and for some that will mean strings of lights that need to be discarded. Instead of throwing them out, though, residents should consider recycling. Boxes have been set out at various Rosemount location including two at the Rosemount Community to collect unwanted holiday lights and extension cords. Collection bins are located in the upper lobby of the community center and at the parks and recreation office. The office is open weekdays from 8 a.m.
The week before Christmas each year, Jeff and Donna Bueche drop off gifts at the Hastings Veterans Home. The effort is made possible by donations of money and volunteers from Rosemount VFW Post 9433, the VFW Women's Auxiliary, the Men's Auxiliary and the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 492. The group started providing gifts for the men at the home more than 10 years ago. Originally, the group sent boxes to soldiers in Bosnia, but in 2001 the State Department told them they couldn't send boxes without intended recipients.
Lisa Sveen Henry loves Lefse. She learned to make the Norwegian treat from her grandmother in North Dakota. And Lisa says it's a lot more versatile than people give it credit for. For a long time the Rosemount woman would make it as a holiday treat for friends and family. But in recent years its popularity has spread. "I started sending it out to family and friends. Then I got requests from other people," said Lisa. Those requests got Lisa and her husband, Curtis, thinking there might be a business idea there.
The Metropolitan Council awarded the city of Rosemount a $440,000 grant to help redevelop a portion of the St.Joseph's complex into senior housing. Community development director Kim Lindquist said the city will use the money to construct some of the amenities on the site including a public plaza to be used by the senior housing complex, the Steeple Center and the Robert Trail Library.
Got something to say about city services? Go online. The city of Rosemount currently has a performance survey available on its website. City administrator Dwight Johnson said the 11 question survey will only take a few minutes for residents to fill out, but it will provide valuable information for the city council and staff. The survey asks residents about city services including public safety, public works and recreation opportunities.
Government open houses aren't usually popular events. But county planner John Mertens was pleased with the turnout for a recent meeting to discuss two greenways that will run through Rosemount and Empire Township. More than 50 people attended the event held Dec. 8 at the Rosemount Community Center. "It was more than we were expecting," said Mertens. A number of the people in attendance own property that will be affected by the future plans, but many were just interested to see what was in the works.
Called to REACH aims to help the hungry, thirsty, poor and incarcerated. As part of that aim, the Christian organization recently collected warm clothes to give to the needy. Called to REACH collected winter clothing in Rosemount Dec. 10 and Dec. 14 and will distribute the clothing in the coming weeks to those who need it. Organizer Brian Kiley said he wants to make sure people have what they need to survive. Getting things in motion is a big part of the ministry's goal. Kiley said they want to provide for people as quickly and efficiently as possible.