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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Times are tough, and more than ever people looking for employment need as much help as they can get. The Dakota Workforce Center has recognized that and is trying to reach out to people where they live. The center will sponsor four classes at the Robert Trail Library to help residents get one up on the competition. The classes focus on topics important for anyone looking for work, said Jill Pittelkow, program director for the Dakota County Workforce Center.
Rosemount's share of residents' property will go down for the second year in a row. The city council approved the city's preliminary budget Tuesday night and for many it means good news. The approved preliminary budget reduces the tax burden by $64 for a resident in a median value home. The reduction is in addition to the $77 decrease adopted for 2010. The estimated median home value for Rosemount is $212,000. Each year, the city council must approve a preliminary budget and tax levy by Sept. 15.
About this series: The University of Minnesota has big plans for 1,600 acres that straddle Rosemount and Empire Township. And while the UMore Park plans look good on paper, now that things are moving forward a lot more questions have to be asked. Several forums held in August answered some questions but also created more as the university moves forward. The Rosemount Town Pages will do a three part series on the project and some of the issues that are coming out of it.
Everything about the Rosemount Area Arts Council's Shamrock Film Festival is bigger this year and organizers hope filmmakers and the community will appreciate the difference. The event, which in the past has been part of Leprechaun Days, will be held Oct. 7 through Oct. 9. More days Event organizer Beth Adams said the committee decided to expand the event from one day to three to give filmmakers a fuller event and to allow the public the opportunity to view more movies.
Seeking out ways to link students with the professional world is a continual mission for Dakota County Technical College.
An old kitchen exhaust fan caused the fire that nearly destroyed a Rosemount home last week, said John Kendall Rosemount's Fire Marshall. Marshall said he determined that the fire started in the kitchen exhaust fan and spread to the attic of the four-bedroom home. He said the fan, which was installed in the 1950s, likely when the house was built, had stalled and overheated, causing the fire. Rosemount firefighters responded to the fire on Blaine Court shortly after 9 a.m. Aug. 24 after one of the homeowners called to report it.
A ruling by the Minnesota Supreme Court has pretty much eliminated the ability for cities to grant variances. That means residents who want to deviate from the city's building ordinances will likely be turned down. "This will limit our ability to be flexible," said city administrator Dwight Johnson of the ruling. While the June ruling won't affect a large number of Rosemount property owners, it will likely irritate some. City planner Eric Zweber said the city has considered 20 variance proposals since 2003.
Bill Goodwin isn't the fastest pastor but he's not the slowest either. The head of Lighthouse Christian Church drove a car in the Faster Pastor races at Cedar Lake Speedway Aug. 21 in New Richmond, Wis. "I had two goals going into it," said Goodwin. "I didn't want to come in last and I wanted to beat a pastor friend of mine." Goodwin, also known as Wild Bill on the racetrack, accomplished both of his goals. "I am a faster pastor, just not the fastest," said Goodwin about his experience. Goodwin raced a four-cylinder 2001 Geo Metro in the Faster Pastor races.
LG Bradshaw always knew he wanted to be a writer, but somehow life took him in a different direction. After a 14-year career as a police officer, Bradshaw finally put pen to paper and sought out his dream. "I always liked reading when I was a kid and thought it would be cool as a job but it didn't work out right away," said Bradshaw. After getting divorced, Bradshaw decided to take some risks and wrote his book, Dot to Dot.
A new baseball field and an updated softball field should amp up Dakota County Technical College's ball programs. The college has started projects that will result in updated facilities for the Blue Knights and improve the fastpitch field. Ames Construction donated in-kind service, which has resulted in nearly $1 million worth of work. "Mr. Ames has been quite generous. We are very excited about the new field. It will take our baseball program to the next level," said Ron Thomas, DCTC president. Work is under way on the project, although some technical issues still have to be ironed out.