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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After he finished his PhD, Greg Twaites swore he would never take a class again. A few months later, he called the MacPhail Center for Music, looking for a class. During the night he had available there was a jazz class, so he signed up. Turns out the failed promise to himself, led to a love affair. Now Twaites wants to share his love of jazz with the community.
Monique Hammond describes herself as the "sworn enemy of excess noise." While it might seem like a dramatic description, Hammond's life was upended by sudden deafness and she hopes to help others prevent a similar situation from happening to them. Hammond lost hearing in her left ear in the fall of 2005. The hearing loss was accompanied by vertigo. A pharmacist, the event ended her career and changed her life completely. When it happened, Hammond didn't know much about hearing loss. Doctors blamed the loss on a virus that impacted her inner ear.
When Nicole Oliphant told her mom she wanted to sign up for the National American Miss Pageant, Teresa Paetznick made it a condition that her daughter had to do something to help people through her participation. While it wasn't a requirement of the pageant, Oliphant decided she wanted to host a workshop on healthy relationships for children at the 360 Communities Rosemount Family Resource Center. She walked away from the experience with more than she could have imagined. During the 90-minute session, Oliphant taught the kids about healthy relationships and conflict resolution.
Planning for the St. Joseph Matthew 25 Garden started a year ago. The garden, which sits behind the church of off Connemara Trail, has a lot of potential, and as things get growing the people involved with it can't help but get excited. "It's exciting to see life coming into the garden," said committee member Donna Matuszewski. The goal of the garden is to feed the hungry and nurture the community as the Bible directs in Matthew 25.
Beachbody markets the Shaun T INSANITY program as the hardest fitness program ever put on DVD, which for many makes it seem intimidating. But Rosemount fitness instructor Nickie Carrigan and her team believes just about anyone can do the program with a few modifications. She hopes to prove that point by bringing a studio version of the popular DVD series to Rosemount. "This is something everyone can do," Carrigan said of the program. Nickie, her husband Marc Carrigan and friend Paul Theisen recently became some of the first certified INSANITY instructors in the area.
A number of years ago the Rosemount Park and Recreation department, the Rosemount Area Athletic Association tennis program and the boys high school tennis team decided to partner to host an annual community tennis block party. The goal was to attract more people of all ages to the sport of tennis. Each year the event has grown, and proof of its success can be seen in the numbers of kids and adults signing up to participate in area tennis programs. "We've had a lot of success building the tennis program," said Mike Hatlen, a tennis parent and an active volunteer with RAAA.
Matt Brooks spent a recent sabbatical learning about sustainable food programs and figuring out a way to start one at Dakota County Technical College. His work paid off, and starting in fall 2013, the DCTC Landscape Horticulture program will offer a sustainable food systems certificate. Over the years, Brooks has fed a growing passion to understand food production and its impact on us all.
The weather has set everything back, but in the next 60 days or so, activity on the University of Minnesota's UMore property will start to become a lot more obvious. Dakota Aggregates vice president Shawn Dahl said crews have been able to do some tree clearing and hope to start grading in the days ahead to begin preparing the property for mining to start in the early fall. A considerable amount of prep work will need to be done to get to that point, though. In addition to clearing the land, the company will have to get power to the site.
Nearly every golf event planned this year has been rescheduled twice. But now with a change in the weather the Rosemount boys golf team is finally getting into the swing of things. The boys came in seventh out of 10 teams at a South Suburban Conference tournament held May 6 at the Minnesota Valley Country Club. Sophomore Jake Sweetman led the pack, shooting a 79. Junior Andy Glad came in next with an 83, sophomore Luke Gillett shot an 87 and senior Travis Parker finished with an 89.
Cheryl Kluender has been surprised at the response the Rosemount Area Arts Council has gotten for its upcoming quilt show. The show, which will run from May 13 to May 18 at the Rosemount Steeple Center, will feature 55 quilts from quilters from all over the area. While she knew there was an interest in the art form, Kluender said she didn't realize how vast the interest would be. "It should be a good show.