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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Business was the clear focus of Monday night's Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce-sponsored candidate forum at Rosemount City Hall. Both mayoral candidates showed up, as did three of the four council candidates to express their views on a variety of topics facing the city. Tim Judy was absent due to injury. After giving a brief introduction all of the candidates were asked the same questions by moderator Don Sinnwell and given one minute to answer.
In most cases people don't consider living longer a bad thing. But for those who haven't saved enough for retirement it can become a costly burden. Social security is available to help, but as Edward Jones consultant Stacey Bartelson knows, it's usually not enough to maintain most people's lifestyles. "There's usually a pretty big gap," said Bartelson. "I tell my clients that they should prepare to be unemployed for 30 years." Bartelson will partner with fellow Edward Jones consultant Lucas Blesener to host a free seminar Oct.
Maintenance workers at Dakota County Technical College spent the summer transforming the Student Life center, and many are thankful for their efforts. Crews spruced up the Student Life Center by adding office space for various groups and by adding a conference room that student organizations will be able to use for their meetings. The center was formerly a wide open space, but student life director Nicole Meulemans it was transformed to be more usable to staff and students.
September 12 Underage alcohol consumption, 18 to 21 years of age, December Trail and Diamond Path Possession of marijuana in a motor vehicle, 145 Street West and Robert Trail South Lost animal, 14200 block of Bayberry Tr. Driving after license suspension, Burma Avenue and Lower 147 Street West Animal at large, 4000 block of 153 St. W. September 13 Animal impound, 14000 block of Clover Lane Theft from vehicle, value more than $1000, 2400 block of Belfast St. W. Animal registration, 2800 block of 145 St. W. Found bicycle, 2800 block of 145 St.
The Rosemount City Council had a busy night Tuesday. The agenda included three public hearings for liquor license applications and the approval of a conditional use permit. The council received few comments about any of the applications and approved liquor licenses for Applebee's Grill and Bar, Café Raisa and Irish Liquors. Applebee's received an on-sale Class B liquor license. The restaurant has a new owner, which necessitated the new license. Café Raisa received an on-sale wine and strong beer liquor license.
The Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce will host a candidate forum from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 27 at city hall. The first hour of the forum will focus on the city council races. Two seats on the council are up for election, along with the mayor position. Chamber president Ruthe Batulis said the candidates will be given some time at the beginning to give a brief introduction of themselves. Then a moderator will ask candidates a number of business related questions.
Some Rosemount playground equipment that has seen better days will get refurbished and enjoy a second life in Haiti. The playground equipment at the Family Resource Center will be removed in early October to make way for new equipment. An organization called Kids Around the World will remove the equipment at their cost and then refurbish it. The company will then put it up in Haiti. Parks director Dan Schultz said donating the equipment is a win-win situation.
Rosemount community leaders wanted to come up with a way to connect the community through a common effort. After a number of suggestions, the group, which meets once a month, decided a citywide reading effort would do the trick. One Book One Rosemount will start Oct. 1 and run through the rest of the month. Highlighted by various community events, the effort aims to support reading while drawing the people of Rosemount together in a common project. Robert Trail Library manager Jamie Jurgensen said other Minnesota communities have done similar projects and had success.
About this series: This is the final installment of a three part series on the UMore Park project the University of Minnesota has started on 5,000 acres. Check out the other two stories online at www.rosemounttownpages.com . The development of UMore Park into a sustainable, futuristic community looks good on paper. Leaders at the university are now responsible for making the project a reality. While lots of little things will go into the historic project, two big objectives lead the whole effort. The university wants to establish a master plan community that will be sustainable.
The Rosemount City Council will convene for a regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at city hall. During the meeting the council will hold public hearings on liquor license applications for Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar, Café Raisa and Irish Liquors. After receiving comment from the public the council will vote on each application. Furthermore the council will consider approval of a conditional use permit for Cedarwood Church. The church bought property at 12139 Biscayne Ave. earlier this year and hopes to make its home in a building on the property.