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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The Rosemount Planning Commission has been working on ways to make it easier to bring businesses to town. One way the commission hopes to help is by streamlining downtown zoning. Currently the downtown district falls under four zoning ordinances -- public institutional, residential, commercial and an overlay district.
The first time Dale Cody applied to be an election judge he did it just to get a paid day off. The Minnesota Department of Transportation employee won't lie. His ambitions were that simple. Eight years later, though, Cody works the polls because he loves being part of the political process. "I just love to see it in action," said Cody. "It's fun, but it's also a huge responsibility.
Tim Zemonovic sat pretty much alone in the audience at the Oct. 5 Rosemount City Council meeting. There was little on the agenda.
The University of Minnesota released its Final Environmental Impact Statement Oct. 4 for planned sand and gravel mining on its UMore property.
Erica McDonald likes a challenge. So a couple years ago she decided to do the 60-mile Minneapolis Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk, just to see if she could do it. "I walked every mile," said the Rosemount resident proudly. McDonald had so much fun participating that she decided to do it a couple more times. Then in 2008, she had twins and had to take some time off. The active mother likes to test her endurance, though, so after a two-year hiatus she's back at the 3-Day again, only this time in Dallas. McDonald is doing the walk Nov. 5 through 7 with her sister-in-law, Angie Swanson.
Independent School District 196 cleared the way earlier this year for advertising on its web pages, but the money hasn't exactly come rushing in. The district has not added any ads to its main page, and so far Eagan High School is the only district school to put advertising on its school page. Communication specialist Tony Taschner said the EHS ads each bring in about $1,000 per year.
John Loch spends a lot of time scouring old newspapers looking for information about Rosemount. He sits at the Wescott Library and searches through microfiche looking for anything that might draw his interest. While he mostly finds just tidbits he can add to his database, sometimes a bigger story comes out of his research. That was is the case with the Depot Hotel. Over a four-month period Loch put together the pieces that revealed at one time Rosemount had a flourishing hobo population.
Creating jobs has taken on a new sense of importance as the country tries to wriggle its way out of a recession For the Rosemount Port Authority the answer seems to lie in working with other cities and organizations to make good things happen. In its 2011 preliminary budget the port authority dedicated $10,000 to the Itasca Project.
Feeling good isn't something Lt. Col. Mark Weber has done a lot of lately.
While it's always fun to meet authors, librarian Gladys Kim is really excited about Frank Beddor's visit to the Robert Trail Library Oct. 6. "I read the Looking Glass Wars and really enjoyed them and I have heard that he does a really good presentation," said Kim. Beddor is the author of the popular teen trilogy Looking Glass Wars, and the Hatter M graphic novels. The Looking Glass Wars trilogy takes Lewis Carrol's classic 19th century tale of Alice in Wonderland off into unexpected literary.