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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When Shawn McMenomy looks back at his career as a police officer he want to know that he gave it his best effort and did something positive. As he starts with the Rosemount Police Department the 25-year-old Hastings native said he plans to serve the department with that goal in mind. "I like the idea of helping people and helping better the quality of the community," said McMenomy of why he went into the field. McMenomy knows first had the impact police can have in a community. His father served on the Hasting Police Department for 30 years.
Dakota County Technical College will deliver layoff notices to more than 100 employees tomorrow in anticipation of a possible state government shut down July 1. The layoffs will become effective July 1. Human resources director Susan Raddatz said the notices will go out to people in all departments of the college. More layoff notices are possible as the July 1 deadline for a budget agreement nears. Communications director Erin Edlund said they are optimistic Gov.
The Rosemount City Council voted 4-1 Tuesday night to ban in-home tattoo and body piercing businesses. Matt Kearney was the dissenting vote. Kearney argued that the city should not limit legal business within its borders. "That sets a bit of a bad precedent for me," said Kearney. Council member Kim Shoe-Corrigan disagreed with his assessment. "Whether we like to do it or not we have to make these policy decisions," said Shoe-Corrigan. The issue came to the council because city staff had recommended a text amendment to an ordinance that would ban the practice as an in-home business.
Lighthouse Christian Church has experienced some neat things lately. Through prayer, the church has seen some of its members find healing through God. Pastor Bill Goodwin said prayers have helped parishioners sleep better, and get over other ills. "On Sundays we have been experiencing some beautiful touches by the Lord," Goodwin said. The church wants to expand on that, so it has asked pastor Henry Nsubuga to host a three-day healing conference. The aim is to pray for the sick and hurting and to let God do his will.
A year ago a ruling by the Minnesota Supreme Court made it pretty much impossible for a city to grant a variance to a landowner. The decision meant residents who wanted to deviate from the city's building ordinances would be turned down regardless of the situation. The ruling limited city government's ability to be flexible. In May, the Minnesota Legislature reworded a state statute to make it less strict. City planner Eric Zweber said the revised statute is a good thing for the city and homeowners. "It allows local government to determine if a variance is warranted," said Zweber.
Rosemount Elementary School students got to play cribbage with seniors from the Rivers Assisted Living Center Students at Rosemount Elementary School got to entertain some on May 27. Deb Taylor's fifth grade class hosted seniors from the Rivers Assisted Living Center for some games of cribbage. The students have been learning cribbage for the last month or so. At the Rivers a group plays cribbage once a week. Taylor thought it might be neat for the kids and seniors to play together, so she arranged to have a dozen or so seniors transported to RES.
A few years ago the Rosemount Town Pages ran a story on Reichen Sosinski. While in utero, Reichen suffered a stroke. His parents, Kiera and Drew Sosinski, were told it was a fluke. With that in mind the Sosinski's decided to have a second baby. After getting pregnant with their daughter, who is due in mid-June, Kiera was referred to a high-risk clinic.
Starting something new is never easy. For the members of the Rosemount Youth Commission it's meant doing things like sitting through meetings, writing bylaws, and learning Robert's Rules of Order. But the six members of the commission also want to make sure their legacy includes something that helps the community. So the group is planning a youth rally during Leprechaun Days. The goal is to get Rosemount's youth interested in volunteering and involved in the community. The youth commission started meeting a little over a year ago.
A little bit of rain didn't deter Rosemount residents from honoring those who have sacrificed everything for freedom. A large crowd assembled in Central Park to remember those who have died while serving the United States of America Monday morning. Retired United States Marine Corps Lt. Colonel Bob Stephensen gave a poignant memorial address which had most of the crowd in tears. "This is a celebration of dedication, honor and sacrifice," Stephensen told the crowd. He then asked the crowd not to confuse Memorial Day with other celebrations. "This is not Veteran's Day...
Two years ago Greg Lee had a full shoulder replacement. It was the end of 10 years of turmoil from an old injury. Determined to return to a full, normal life, Lee started working out after his surgery. That's when he met Thad Caron, a personal trainer. Caron was training someone to compete in the Mr. Natural Minnesota body building competition. Lee decided he wanted to be in that sort of shape and asked Caron if he'd help him out. Caron agreed, but only if Lee agreed to compete.