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 will see some cash from the American Investment and Recovery Act come through town this fall. Two city projects have received funds through the Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant, which is funded through the federal stimulus. The first and bigger of the two projects is replacing the boilers at the Rosemount Steeple Center. Parks and recreation director Dan Schultz said the boilers at the former St. Joseph Church are very old and at the end of their lifespan.
While there are some unknowns still out there the City of Rosemount's budget is looking pretty good. And for the second year in a row residents will likely see a decrease on their share of the burden. "It is generally positive," said city administrator Dwight Johnson of the budget. "We've found ways to save." With the current numbers and estimates the city's property tax levy would decline by $214,368. That means residents with a median value home - $212,600 -will pay $46 less in 2011. That is in addition to a $77 reduction for 2010.
Michael Young, Amanda Woodruff and Danny Wu probably don't know anyone in Rosemount, but people here care about them. The three soldiers are all serving in war zones and have been adopted by Operation Minnesota Nice to receive care packages. Young, Woodruff and Wu have been adopted by members, of Rosemount's chapter, along with 10 other soldiers. Each month the chapter sends comfort and love to deployed soldiers all over the world. The packages contain a wide variety of items, including practical stuff like eye drops, wet wipes, and sunscreen.
A grand jury has charged Jonas Gerald Grice with first-degree murder for the shooting death of Anthony Hartman July 12 at a Rosemount car wash. The charge for premeditated murder could mean Grice, 27 of Burnsville, will spend the rest of his life in prison. "This is an extreme act of violence that included shooting a defenseless man who was on the ground," said Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom, explaining why his office sought first-degree charges. Along with the first-degree charge Grice has been charge with intentional murder in the second degree.
John Morison started playing cribbage while serving on a Naval patrol boat in 1950. Some of the other sailors who were playing offered to teach him, and so began a 60-year love affair. "It's a good military game. When you're out at sea for 35 days it's a good monotony breaker," said Morrison. While his days on patrol boats are long over, the longtime Rosemount resident still plays a lot of cribbage. "It's a really fun game. I just love it," said Morrison. A couple times a week Morrison meets with a group of eight other veterans at Caribou Coffee to play.
Trent Eigner will admit that planning Hockey Rocks the Pond has been a learning experience. Some of the ideas going into the daylong event have fallen flat, others have come together well. "It's a work in progress," said Eigner. Ready or not though the event is nigh. A partnership between The Pond and Fireside Restaurant, Hockey Rocks the Pond will take place from noon to midnight Aug. 14. "We wanted to build a daylong event event to celebrate hockey," Eigner said of the event.
Patti Brown likes to cook. The 10-year-old gets to help prepare food at home, so when Shira Rabinowicz told her about the Kids in the Kitchen program happening at the Rosemount Family Resource Center she decided to attend. "I thought it would be fun," said the shy girl. Brown was one of six kids on a recent Wednesday to show up for the class that promotes healthy eating.
Incumbents Kim Shoe-Corrigan and Mark DeBettignies will lead the pack going to the general election for the two open city council seats. Tim Judy and Joe Kurle will join them on the general election ballot. Results on Dakota County's web site show that Shoe-Corrigan received the most votes with 903. DeBettignies followed with 817. Judy received 587 and Kurle, 361. Dennis Winsor and Maila Ellefson were at the bottom with 316 and 23,5 respectively. More than 3,200 Rosemount residents turned out to the polls Tuesday.
Rosemount's first municipal primary will be held tomorrow. Voters will pick four of the six city council candidates to go onto the General Election ballot. Current city council members Mark DeBettignies and Kim Shoe-Corrigan will try to reclaim their seats on the council. While residents Tim Judy, Dennis Winsor, Maila Ellefson and Joe Kurle put their hats in the ring to best the incumbents. The top four vote getters Tuesday will go onto the General Election, which will be held Nov.
Kurt Bills had a smile on his face from ear to ear Saturday morning. The Rosemount High School teacher and city council member had put a lot of work into organizing a golf tournament for Leprechaun Days and it came together well. In fact the four-person scramble, played at Rich Valley Golf Course, raised more than $1,000 for 360 Communities and hundreds of pounds of items for the food shelf at Rosemount's family resource center. "It was a beautiful thing," Bills said of the event. Bills put together the event for a couple of reasons.