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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There is much for the community of St. Joseph Church and School to celebrate. They have a new home, a flourishing parish and a top-notch school. To celebrate St. Joseph's legacy the church and school will host a celebration like it never has before on Aug. 21. While partly meant as an all school reunion the event is open to adults in the community as well. "We want it to be a celebration of the history of the St.
The technology behind electricity will become smarter in the years to come and the people responsible for it need to be too. That's why Dakota County Technical College is partnering with Siemens Energy to train skilled workers. The college got some help taking a step in that direction when it received a grant from the Minnesota State Energy Sector Partnership last week. DCTC is one of four schools partnering with Siemens to train electricians and line works on smart grid technology who received the grants.
While lots of people say they support the troops, some Rosemount leaders want to make sure that support involves action. Volunteers are gearing up to make Rosemount a Yellow Ribbon Community. Yellow Ribbon programs provide support to soldiers re-integrating to civilian life after they return from combat.
Dealing with a food allergy is difficult, to say the least. Walking down the aisles at the grocery stores becomes a chore. You can't just grab stuff off the shelf anymore and food labels become your best friend. Melanie Beasley knows the hassle and the frustration. The registered dietician has been through the ordeal herself. After recuperating from a back injury and surviving breast cancer in 2005, Beasley still wasn't feeling well in 2007. Finally she decided to see if the problem could be what she was eating.
With recent events, Rosemount residents may feel a bit shaken. But one way to combat crime is to stand together as neighbors. Aug. 3 brings an opportunity to do just that. Sponsored by the Minnesota Crime Prevention Association and the Rosemount Police department Night to Unite encourages residents to lock their doors, turn on a porch light and spend the evening with neighbors. This year's event will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., There is no central event in Rosemount. police officer Beth Richtsmeier said they encourage neighborhoods throughout the city to plan their own parties.
It's been a long time coming but finally Rosemount's Steeple Center is now open to the public. Parks director Dan Schultz said there are a few minor items left on the project but the former St. Joseph's Church is ready for use. "It's 95 percent complete," said Schultz. Improvements to the building, constructed in 1924, included fixing some water damage, repairs to the roof and steeple to prevent further water damage, the addition of a fire suppression system, the addition of a larger stage area, new carpet and paint.
After more than 25 years in dentistry Kurt Chroust still likes going to work every morning. Sure, there are days when the alarm clock rings and he grumbles, but all in all he wouldn't change a thing. "I like what I do more now than I did when I started. I'm really fortunate," said Chroust. Chroust opened his dental practice in Rosemount in 1985 in the physicians building on Chippendale Avenue. Chroust received his undergraduate degree in biology from Carthage College in Kenosha Wis.
Two years ago, the city of Rosemount got 23 candidates for its council election, leaving voters with a long ballot to wade through in November. This year, residents will have a chance to pare the field down a bit. The city of Rosemount will hold its first municipal primary Tuesday, Aug. 10. Six candidates have thrown their names into the hat for the two open positions. The top four finishers will go on to campaign in the general election Nov. 2.
The Dakota Communications Center has postponed hiring a new executive director until after the New Year. Interim executive director Diane Lind will continue to lead the 911 dispatch center until then. "The board has decided to take a step back and go into a holding pattern," said Lind. The board made the decision July 14 after months of searching for a replacement for Kent Therkelsen.
Rosemount's ordinance regarding dangerous dogs is getting an overhaul. At a July 14 work session the council instructed police chief Gary Kalstabakken to revise the ordinance and to bring it back to the council for final approval. Revisions of the ordinance came up after three dogs were attacked in March. Two of the dogs died as a result of their injuries.