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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The Rosemount City Council conducted a second round of interviews Wednesday night and ultimately chose Matt Kearney to serve the two years remaining new State Representative Kurt Bills' term. Pamela VanderWiel and Robert Leuth were the other applicants interviewed. The council will formally approve the appointment at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1 during the regular council meeting. After the vote, Kearney will be sworn in. While all three candidates were impressive the council seemed to like Kearney because of his business background.
Matt Kearney, Pamela VanderWiel and Robert Leuth will interview with the city council tonight. The three finalist for the vacant city council position will have one more chance to make their case for the position. The special meeting will begin at 6 p.m. During the first half hour of the meeting the council will narrow down a list of questions to a handful. Then each candidate will undergo a half hour interview. After the interviews the council will discuss how to proceed. Council members have said they hope to make the decision tonight. The interviews are open to the public.
Jo Hall freely admits that she likes animals more than most people. That's why the owner of The Lazy Leash Pet Grooming has made a career of serving them. "I love animals and I've worked in the field since I was 14," said Hall. Hall opened The Lazy Leash in March in River Falls, Wis. In November she opened a second location in Rosemount to better serve her Twin Cities clientele. "I had dogs in the area already and people were traveling to see me. So I decided to open a second location," said Hall. The Lazy Leash is located in one of the buildings behind A Cat and A Fiddle A Fair.
After a final morning of interviews the Rosemount City Council whittled down a field of 18 applicants to three in its efforts to fill its vacant seat. Matt Kearney, Pamela VanderWiel and Robert Leuth will interview a second time for the seat. To narrow the field each city council member wrote down a list of their top five applicants. Kearney and VanderWiel were on all four council members' lists.
Police Lieutenant Maxie Morehouse is looking for a killer and needs help. Louie "The Weasel" Frattiano's brother Tony was snuffed out a year ago and he wants to know whodunit. As they search for the killer more carnage may happen. Only residents of Rosemount can help find the killer as part of the Rosemount Area Arts Council's Mystery Dinner Theater. The third annual mystery dinner theater will unfold at 6 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Steeple Center RAAC president Keith Reed, owner of Mr.
Timothy Carson, the Rosemount man who committed a string of robberies last year, will spend more than 10 years in prison for the crimes he committed in Dakota County.
The Rosemount Area Historical Society has dedicated itself to putting Rosemount's history into print. Gathering information has been a big job but is going well. Now it's time to put a cover to the book. Historical society member Maureen Geraghty Bouchard said the organization wants to tap Rosemount's talent, so the group has decided to have a book cover design contest.
January 2 Accident, motor vehicle, personal injury, 13800 block of Blaine Ave. Animal at large, 2900 block of 146 St. W. Domestic disturbance, 15500 block of Cornell Trl. W. Assault, fifth degree, commits or attempts harm, 14500 block of Robert Trl S. January 3 Weapon, carry while under the influence of a controlled substance, 150 Street West and Biscayne Avenue Fraud, all other, 4200 block of 159 Ct. W. Accident, police property, Akron Avenue and Bonaire Path Domestic disturbance, 4300 block of 158 Ct. W. Violation of order for protection, 14500 block of Biscayne Ave.
Choosing a new council member to serve the remaining two years of new Minnesota Rep. Kurt Bills term is a big task. Eighteen people applied for the position and the current council members are charged with interviewing them and choosing the replacement. "We are blessed to have so many people who want to serve and there are a lot of good people," said council member Mark DeBettignies. "It's going to be a process to get through them all and to find a shining star but there will be a shining star." The Rosemount City Council began interviewing applicants for the open council seat Jan. 11.
The city of Rosemount and Dakota County are teaming up to build a trail along the east side of Diamond Path from County Road 42 to Connemara Trail. Diamond Path is County State Aid Highway 33. The trail will connect several other trails and make walking along Diamond Path easier but will take some cooperation from residents. The project will likely require easements through several private properties.