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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It's never easy to walk in some one else's shoes, especially when they've been through something terrible. For Rebecca Billison, walking in the Annual Bataan Memorial Death March provided a glimpse of horrors thousands of World War II soldiers faced as prisoners of the Japanese. The Bataan Memorial Death March is a challenging march through the high desert terrain of White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. The event is conducted in honor tens of thousands of American and Filipino soldiers, who in 1942 surrendered to Japanese forces.
For the second year the Dakota County Technical College automotive and student life departments will partner to host an event for military families. On April 21 the college will host a free vehicle repair clinic for U.S. Armed Forces veterans and active duty personnel. Students in the auto body and collision program will remove dings and dents from vehicles for free under the supervision of college instructors.
Scott Latzke started his soccer career kicking balls at Twin Puddles Park when he was 3. Nearly 20 years later, he's still kicking balls but on a much bigger field. The Rosemount High School graduate will make his debut with the Minnesota Kings Football Club in May. The Minnesota Kings, a semi-professional soccer team, play as part of the National Premier Soccer League. Each team plays between 10 and 16 regular season games. The teams are comprised of players who play at the highest levels of soccer available to men.
Sustainability has become a buzzword these days in reference to a green lifestyle, but the term means different things to different people.
Back in 2008 Karissa Johnson had an aha moment. The personal trainer and mom of three knew women who wanted to learn to run races and she had the know how. So Johnson started Moms on the Run, a running program geared toward beginners. The 18-week program, which has spread to10 cities including Rosemount gradually takes participants from mostly walking to eventually running the 3.1 miles.
After several years of hard work, the Friends of the Robert Trail Library finally will get to help the library. The group will hold a book sale April 14-16 and the money raised through the event will go towards library needs. It's been no small task getting the organization up and running but for FORT president Jo Gilbertson the toil has been worth it. "To see it finally come to fruition is so great," said Gilbertson. The Friends of the Robert Trail Library received its 501(C)3 designation last year.
It's been a busy winter for Schwarz Pond Park. The area North of Rosemount High School has gotten a bit of a facelift. Over the winter SKB Environmental added a new wetland, graded in a new trail near the pond and did some cleanup around the area, said parks and recreation director Dan Schultz. As the weather continues to improve the company will continue working in the area as it adds native landscaping, a fishing pier and a formal trail from the Schwarz Pond Park parking lot to the varsity baseball located just down the hill field.
Something inside Rita Beyer Corrigan just needs to paint. She can't quite explain why. It's just something she needs to do. "It's something you can't deny. It's a thing within you that needs to be released," said Corrigan. Corrigan, a retired art teacher, hopes to do a lot more of her artwork in the future. She's had a tough six months with some close family losses. But as a new frontier in her life opens up, Corrigan hopes to focus more on her art. "I'm trying to get my art going.
Maintaining fiscal discipline and promoting growth are two of the Rosemount City Council's goals for the year ahead. The city council approved its goals for 2011-2012 at Tuesday's regular meeting. After appointing Matt Kearney to the council in February the council met for several lengthy goal-setting sessions. Then Kearney, with the help of city staff put together the goals statement that was approved Tuesday night. The city's specific goals are as follows: create policies to encourage growth and jobs in the community; redevelop the remainder of the old St.
The city of Rosemount had a lot of good candidates apply for open commission positions. The council didn't want to turn anyone away, so they decided to add a few spots. On Tuesday night the city council approved an ordinance that expands the city's planning commission from five members to seven. City administrator Dwight Johnson said the change was recommended for several reasons.