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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A few hang ups have delayed the decision on a new executive director for the Dakota Communications Center, current director Kent Therkelsen said. So the board of directors will have to pick an interim director during their June 17 meeting. Therkelsen's last day is June 30. He said vacation and business trips have slowed up conducting pre-employment background checks and leadership assessments on the final three candidates. Therkelsen said the board will receive a recommendation for an interim director Thursday.
Jerry Peterson lived a full life. He had five children and three step-children that he loved as his own. Additionally, the Green Bay Packers fan had 17 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren that kept him busy. When he wasn't busy with family he ran JP Construction in Burlington, Wis., a company that builds emergency responder training facilities. He was special to the people who loved him so when he lost his battle to lung cancer March 1 there were a lot of tears.
The Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined CF Industries and High Pressure Transports after finishing its investigation into a Nov. 16 accident at the CF Industries semi loading terminal in Rosemount that led to the death of two truck drivers. High Pressure Transports paid a $25,000 fine and CF Industries $1,400 for their roles in the accident. According to the citation, which was issued May 5, High Pressure received the fine for not providing effective training in the transfer and handling of anhydrous ammonia to Robert Larry Shue, 31, of Kingfisher, Okla.
The Rosemount City Council adopted a transportation study Tuesday that calls for the future realignment of County Road 46 and for Biscayne and Akron Avenues to be connected. The study, done as a cooperative effort through the University of Minnesota, Rosemount, Dakota County, Empire Township and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, reviewed the east-west and north-south corridors through the UMore Park area and identified future needs. "As this study identifies corridor needs and alignments in concept only, the study will be used as a guide for future development of the area to pre
Rosemount will hold its first municipal primary Aug. 10. Six residents filed to run for the two open city council seats, leading to the early poll date. Current city council members Mark DeBettignies and Kim Shoe-Corrigan will try to reclaim their seats on the council, while residents Tim Judy, Dennis Winsor, Maila Ellefson and Joe Kurle put their hats in the ring to challenge the incumbents. June 1 was the last day residents could file to run for election. In addition to the two council seats up for election, candidates also filed for the open mayor's seat.
The Rosemount City Council voted to lay off a member of its community development staff Tuesday night. Todd Sutter, who has worked for the city for more than seven years, lost his job due to the decision. A slowdown in the housing market led to the layoff. City administrator Dwight Johnson said there is an imbalance between staffing and workload. Construction-related work has been down for several years in the community development department. The city is on pace to have fewer than 100 new housing permits in 2010.
Rudy Perpich was a reporter's dream. And luckily for Betty Wilson, she was a reporter during his long tenure as Minnesota's governor. "He was always making news," said Wilson. Wilson kept every piece of paper that ever crossed her desk during her time as capitol reporter for the Star Tribune and as she looked back at it she decided to turn it into a book about one of Minnesota's most notable governors. On April 6, Wilson will speak about the book, Rudy! The People's Governor, that she wrote about him and his administration. "I thought someone should write about that period....
Cedarwood Church is looking for a place to build. The congregation has found land in the northern part of Rosemount where it would like to construct a home of its own, but a city zoning ordinance stands in the way. The site, located at the corner of Biscayne Avenue and South Robert Trail, is zoned rural residential, which as its currently worded does not allow churches. So the church applied to have the text of the zoning ordinance changed and on Tuesday night the planning commission reviewed the matter. Cedarwood Church is a congregation of about 50 people.
The Rosemount Town Pages has spent the last few weeks checking out the city's bills. In this last installment we will look at a payment made to Union Pacific Railroad for $203,479.55. The payment went to the company for work it has done on three railroad crossings in Rosemount in an effort to make the city a "quiet zone." The payments were partial amounts of what will eventually be paid for the project, said city engineer Andy Brotzler. The establishment of the city as a quiet zone will prevent trains from blowing their horns as they pass through town except in emergencies.
The number of foreclosures in the county isn't going down. In fact, in the first two months of 2010 there have been more. In an effort to help residents on the brink of losing their homes the Dakota County Community Development Agency will host a free foreclosure counseling event from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.