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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Since July, Diane Lind has served as the interim executive director of the Dakota Communications Center. The time has served as a sort of audition for the permanent role and last week the center's board of directors decided Lind had the chops to be the star of the show. "It's been a long process but I'm looking forward to working with the board of directors, executive committee and the operations committee," said Lind. "This gives me the opportunity to impact 911 in a positive manner." The decision to appoint Lind as the permanent head was made Jan. 20.
Matt Kearney has a lot of learning to do in the coming weeks. Rosemount's newest city council member will start his term Feb. 1 and right away the council will dive into the 2011 budgeting process. "It's going to be a learning process," said Kearney. "I think (the council) have done a very good job keeping taxes down and I want to be able to use my experience to continue on that path." A self described numbers man, Kearney said numbers are going to be a big part of the next two years.
In a house that used to hold a family with daughters, a new family is making its home. It's church family that aims to do the things God has called it do. Cedarwood Church started holding services at the end of September in its new home on Biscayne Avenue in Rosemount. Over the last several months, the church, which consists of about 16 families, has transformed the family home into a church complete with a sanctuary to praise God. "Our church is built around exalting His name, equipping His people and extending His grace," said pastor Michael Berg.
In June 2012 a group from the Rosemount United Methodist Church will travel to Belize. The group will do some ministering to children and build some dwellings. In the meantime the group, which will consist of high school-aged kids, young adults and adults, will do some fundraising to help pay their way. On Jan. 30 the Rosemount UMC youth group will host a soup and sandwich fundraiser. Youth pastor Josh Corbett said the event provides a chance for the youth group to raise money by accepting a free will offering for the meal.
When Christine Adams Evaska graduated from Rosemount High School in 1988 she had no idea what the world had in store for her. She just knew she liked to create things. She attended the University of Wisconsin-Stout and got a degree in graphic design. But she knew sitting all day working on a computer wasn't for her. So she got a job in retail. The job paid the bills but it still didn't fulfill her creative side. And when Evaska's son was born 13 years ago, she knew she didn't want to work the long hours retail work required.
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.