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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The city of Rosemount is looking for a few good men and women to serve on its commissions. The commissions advise the city council about various issues coming up in the community. It's not a glamorous job but mayor Bill Droste said it's tremendously important. "It gives (the council) another voice of residents and I put a tremendous value into their opinion," said Droste. The current openings include two three-year terms on the parks commission; two three- year terms on the planning commission; and one three-year term on the utilities commission.
Dressed in white, with a cross hovering above their heads, members of the Rosemount United Methodist Moving Spirit Dance Ministry use their bodies to celebrate God. The ministry, which has been performing for 10 years, dances in celebration and graciousness to their Lord. "Why not use the gift I have to show God I'm grateful for everything," said Bethany Seavers-Templeton. Seavers-Templeton has danced with the ministry for 10 years and she loves it. "So many activities require auditions to participate but here everybody gets to participate regardless of skill level," she said.
The Rosemount City Council voted Tuesday to approve the purchase of a new fire pumper. The truck will cost the city about $530,000. The new truck will replace a 25 year-old pumper truck. Assistant fire chief Jim Voelker said it's difficult to find replacement parts for the old truck and that while they haven't had any issues thus far the department fears the old truck will become less reliable. To save money down the line, Voelker said they will equip the new truck as a rescue vehicle as well.
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.
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.