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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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.
The Rosemount Parks and Recreation Department along with the fire and police departments will hold a safety camp for kids from 8:30 a.m to 3:30 p.m.
Two Rosemount businesses failed alcohol compliance checks Saturday, May 14. Irish Liquors and Rudy's Red Eye Grill both sold to a minor. Police chief Gary Kalstabakken said this is the first compliance failure for both businesses. While the issue will have to go before the city council, generally businesses are fined $500 for a first offense. The Rosemount Police Department conducts compliance checks twice a year. Kalstabakken said 18 businesses were checked. Businesses who fail usually undergo additional compliance checks. Emily Zimmer
When disaster strikes, many people respond by acting. Unfortunately, who those people are and what those people are capable of doing used to be unknown until it was too late. That's why the Medical Reserve Corps of Dakota County started. The program, which is manned by volunteers, brings together health care professionals and others to support local public health workers during emergencies. The need for that kind of support became clear after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 said coordinator Dori Makundi.
The Emerald Ash Borer hasn't been found in Rosemount yet. But city staff isn't taking any chances. Currently the city's parks department is in the process of putting together a management plan to deal with the insect. Emerald Ash borer is a small, wood-boring insect that kills Ash trees in large numbers. Parks supervisor Tom Schuster said the larvae of the insect kill trees by feeding on the cambium layer between the bark and the wood creating galleries that eventually girdle and kill the tree. The insect was first found in St. Paul in May 2009 and has spread.
Life has thrown some wrenches at Cory Franzmeier the past few years. Personal and professional struggles have taken a toll, but Franzmeier is a fighter. As part of that fight, Franzmeier has decided to pursue a dream to become a chef and start his own business. Franzmeier started Gourmet Solutions this past spring. The company offers event catering and personal chef services. While he works full time at the University of Minnesota as a chef, Franzmeier hopes his future will be in Gourmet Solutions. Currently the business specializes in box lunches and deli trays for events.
On May 25, 1961, the Rosemount Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9433 started in a little schoolhouse off of Highway 3. Fifty men signed the charter and by doing so pledged to continue serving their community through the organization while also finding companionship with others who knew where they had been and done what they had done. The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is a nonprofit veterans' service organization composed of combat veterans and those who currently serve on active duty or in the Guard and Reserves.
Julieana Avila knows she has someone in her corner. And that support has helped the Rosemount High School senior work towards a bright future in cosmetology. That cheerleader is Erin Edlund, her Rotary STRIVE mentor. "(It was) amazing to be nothing but someone's cheerleader," said Edlund of being a STRIVE mentor. Avila and four others were recognized May 13 for completing the STRIVE program, which is sponsored by the Rosemount Rotary Club. STRIVE is an acronym for Students Taking Renewed Interest in the Value of Education.
The University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will hold a public meeting tonight concerning the investigation of pollution on 3,500 acres of the UMore property. During the meeting the university will shares details of its Remedial Investigation Work Plan, which will determine the level of contamination on the property and what the risk is to human health and the environment. The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. May 19 at the Rosemount Community Center. A presentation will be given at 6:30 p.m.