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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Rosemount is a pretty walkable community, but as any local trekker knows there are some gaps. Just try getting across South Robert Trail at 5 p.m. On Monday the council approved a plan that aims to close those gaps, albeit years down the road. Community development director Kim Lindquist said the city's Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan will serve as a framework for the future.
Apparently voters in the State Senate District 37 didn't think Michael Germain (DFL) was the change needed. Voters overwhelmingly chose to keep incumbent Chris Gerlach (R) as their voice in the state senate. According to unofficial results on the Dakota County website Gerlach received 20,622 votes to Germain's 13,984. "This is a pretty critical time period with the economy the way it is and the budget deficit.
Challenger Kurt Bills (R) took the House 37B seat from incumbent Phillip Sterner (DFL). Apparently voters think that the economics teacher from Rosemount High School can bring some important lessons to the capitol. According to Dakota County's unofficial results Bills received 10,910 votes to Sterner's 7,844. Sterner has served in the house for two years. "All our hard work paid off," said Bills, surrounded by the dozens of volunteers who hit the pavement in support of him.
Current mayor William Droste easily won back the mayoral seat receiving 4,451 votes to challenger Kurt Hansen's 3,538 according to the Minnesota Secretary of State's website. Droste has served the city as mayor since 2002. This is the second time Droste has beat Hansen for the seat. He beat Hansen for reelection in 2006. "I'm humbled that voters voted the way they did. It's been an honor to serve Rosemount for the last eight years and I will keep doing good things for Rosemount," said Droste.
During city administrator Dwight Johnson's performance evaluation a few weeks ago Mark DeBettignies joked that his review would be election night. Well by a thin margin it appears voters chose to keep DeBettignies around. DeBettignies barely beat challenger Tim Judy for the second open seat on the city council.
When Jean Graham set out to move her business, Quilter's Haven, she knew she wanted a big, open space. Now settled into the corner shop at Waterford Commons, that's just what she's got. "I love the windows," said Graham, looking out at South Robert Trail. While just a few blocks down from her former location Graham said the new space fits her needs much better. "It's more open and convenient," said Graham. Graham had been looking for a better fit for her shop for a while.
Rosemount will be the host of the Dakota County Regional Chamber's Survive and Thrive Business Awards. The event will be held 7:30 to 9 a.m. Nov. 3 at the Steeple Center. Chamber director of business development and events Michelle Tighe said the annual awards ceremony will have a little different feel this year.
Ever wonder if your voice can make a difference? It can. Just ask Don Sinnwell. After taking public comment the Rosemount Planning Commission tabled a motion recommending the city council adopt a new zoning ordinance for downtown. During the public hearing Sinnwell stood up and shared a list of concerns he had with the ordinance.
The Rosemount Family Resource Center needs help. The center, which serves as the local food shelf, is running low on everything. "It's been challenging to keep food on the shelves," said Shira Rabinowicz, the volunteer coordinator at the center. The center, located at 14521 Cimmaron Ave. W., serves about 500 people a month from its food shelf. The resource center is operated by the non-profit 360 Communities.
Driving down 145th Street you may have noticed a lot of construction going on off of Cimarron Avenue. The work is a complete remodel of the former Kidder Park Townhomes. Renamed Park Place Town Homes, the low-income housing development was bought by Boisclair Corporation more than a year ago. After it took over the property the company decided to completely overhaul the homes, which were originally built in the early 1990s. When complete there will be 36 three-bedroom units on the property. Each unit comes with a garage.