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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A strong natural gas odor caused some concern but no harm earlier today. There was a mercaptan leak at the Semstream Terminal on County Road 46 and Highway 3. Mercaptan is the smelly stuff added to natural gas, to alert people to a leak. The leak smelled something terrible but there was never any danger, said Rosemount fire marshall John Kendall. "A drop of that stuff goes for ever," said Kendall. A valve at the station ruptured, spilling just the mercaptan, a sulfur compound. The leak was quickly fixed but not before it caused some concern.
When Branden Zahnle graduated from St. Thomas University in December he never really considered working for someone else. The 25-year-old knew he wanted to own a business. After looking into a number of options, including a sandwich shop and a pizzeria, things fell into to place for Zahnle to buy Sol 360 Tanning Salon in Rosemount Crossings. In fact, it worked out really well because Zahnle's fiancée, Katie Woltering, had worked at a tanning salon for several years and knew the industry well.
Cary Griffith likes to write and he likes the outdoors. So it was natural for the Rosemount resident to want to write about the outdoors. Over the last several years, Griffith has released two books. One, called Lost in the Wild, was published in 2006 and a second, Opening Goliath, was released in 2009. Both are works of non-fiction. In Lost in the Wild Griffith tells two stories of trekkers who head into the woods looking for peace and find themselves fighting for survival. In Opening Goliath, Griffith recounts the story of five teens who went to explore a man made cave in St.
While construction is years, even decades, down the road the prospect of getting high-speed rail going in Minnesota is a hot topic. In particular, a possible line from the Twin Cities to Rochester is picking up steam. In January, a group of interested parties rolled out a plan to build a high-speed passenger rail line, called Zip Rail, along the Highway 52 corridor. If the plan comes to fruition, it will have the train, which will travel between 150 and 220 MPH coming through eastern Rosemount.
Over the next couple of weeks the Rosemount City Council will sit down and set some goals. It's not an exciting process. In fact, Rosemount mayor Bill Droste will admit it's boring and tedious. But the benefits of sitting down and creating some big-picture goals far outweigh the negatives. "I personally think setting goals is very important," Droste said. "When you've got five independent people, it's good to focus and look at the horizon and the future." The council will sit down for the first of two goal-setting workshops from 4 to 9 p.m. Feb. 10. The second meeting will be held 8 a.m.
2011 will be a big year for the UMore project on several levels. In the next year the city of Rosemount will conduct an environmental review that will essentially establish the capacity of the 5,000 acres owned by the University of Minnesota. The city will also establish an ordinance to govern gravel mining operations on the property and the university will get more specifics about its plans for the sustainable living project. The university owns the property, which straddles the Rosemount-Empire Township border.
While most Rosemount residents are snuggled in their beds, there is a group of dedicated individuals lunging, squatting and crunching their way to better health. Up exercising at 5 a.m., the group is part of Thad's Bootcamp class at Northwest Martial Arts in Rosemount. Led by Thad Caron, a kind but firm personal trainer, the class aims to make people stronger and fitter. While there is some whining here and there, the students seem to respond well to Caron's urging.
The days are getting longer but the cold still lingers, making it hard to get out and have some fun. The Rosemount Parks and Recreation Department hopes to offer at least a little break from the winter doldrums Feb. 18. The Family Fun Festival will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Rosemount Community Center. The annual event will include entertainment from the Alpha Bits, carnival games, jumpers and more, said the parks department's Tina Schwantes. There will be open ice skating from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Anyone who's been single on Valentine's Day knows it can be a bummer. So this year instead of offering a couple's event Community of Hope Church decided to do a funny event. The church will host Love, Laughter and Dessert from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Feb. 12. The event will feature Bob Stromberg from Triple Espresso and musician Jesse Matthews from Cedar Avenue. While the event will be held in the church, pastor Jason Miller said it won't be an expressly Christian event. "We just want it to be a great time to have some clean fun," said Miller.
Sometimes two heads are better than one. Or in the case of making local government more efficient, a bunch of ideas is better than none. The High Performance Partnerships group, which was responsible for getting the Dakota Communications Center built, has set forth to get communities in Dakota County cooperating again. "The DCC was a home run," said HiPP co-chair Peter Herlofksy, the city administrator in Farmington. "This time out we need to look at getting singles and doubles." HiPP began in 2003 to identify opportunities for Dakota County and its largest cities to work together.