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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Coming up with my favorite stories for 2010 was a fairly easy task this year. All of the stories involve people doing incredible things. While this job frequently has me talking with people who do amazing things, this year seemed to have more of them than normal. Rosemount has been blessed with lots of talented and giving residents. And it's an honor to be able to write their stories. John Morrison Every Tuesday afternoon John Morrison sets up in Rosemount's Caribou Coffee with a Cribbage board. If someone wants him to, he will teach them to play.
A Rosemount family lost their home to a fire Dec. 26. The Rosemount Fire Department responded to a call at 2794 138th St. shortly after 1 p.m. Fire marshal John Kendall said sparks from a fireplace ignited a nearby couch and the flames spread from there. The fire caused enough damage the manufactured home is a total loss, Kendall added. The resident, who was not home when the fire started, made the call for help and tried to put the fire out. No one was injured in the incident. Kendall did not release the names of the homes occupants.
A while back a volunteer at Community of Hope Church suggested that the church start a program in which kids volunteer in the community. That idea got the wheels turning in children's ministry director Jeri Austad's head. The result is a new program called GEEK. GEEK stands for Generous, Excellent, Example of a Kid. The program aims to get kids active in their home town. The program started just a few weeks ago and it already has 10 participants, Austad said. "We want to teach kids that church doesn't just revolve around these four walls," said Austad.
Personal trainers Nickie Carrigan and Alicia Barnick both love what they do. But they hate that their relationships with clients are limited to the gym. "We want to do more than what a gym membership offers," said Carrigan. So the two Rosemount residents have started their own business, The Difference Personal Training. The two women say the difference between them and the typical personal trainer will be that they will offer not only exercise training but also nutrition and lifestyle advice.
A week into accepting applications for an open city council seat the city of Rosemount has received interest from two residents. Sharon Peterson and Pamela VanderWeil will vie for the seat that will be vacated by Kurt Bills. Bills was elected to the State House of Representatives and will begin serving in that post in January.
As a member of the Rosemount Rotary, John Wollersheim is proud his club can provide a good opportunity to help Rosemount High School students reach their goals. As the principal of Rosemount High School, he's glad there are people out there willing to help his students succeed. The Rosemount Rotary Club kicked off its STRIVE Program Dec. 10. STRIVE is an acronym for Students Taking Renewed Interest in the Value of Education. The program matches a student with a mentor to help them achieve their goals in their last year of high school.
This year, Elliott Bosak learned eating lots of Skittles won't give you cancer. One of his doctors at the University of Minnesota Medical Center shared that gem with the 12-year-old. While that doctor shared that bit of good news, he and several others also had to teach Bosak hard lessons about the cancer that invaded his liver and put him in a fight for his life. Bosak was diagnosed with Hepatoblastoma, a rare and aggressive liver cancer, on Dec. 13, 2009. Over the course of the last year Bosak, who loves hockey, has had two liver transplants and several rounds of chemotherapy.
A Rosemount man has been charged with third degree sexual conduct after raping a girl several times in her home. Alfredo Martinez Sosa, 26, faces 15 years in prison for engaging in sexual intercourse with a girl under 16 years old. According to the criminal complaint Rosemount Police officers were called to a home Dec. 5 after the mother of the girl reported that her daughter had been raped by a family friend.
The fifth largest snowstorm in Twin Cities history blanketed Rosemount with more than 17 inches of snow over the weekend and the mess still hasn't been completely cleaned up. The weather forced Rosemount High School to cancel all of its Saturday activities, including a performance of Into the Woods. There will be a makeup performance at 7 p.m. Dec.17. Snow crews were out in full force working to keep streets clear through the weekend and will likely work throughout the week continuing the cleanup effort. All of the city's streets were plowed twice on Saturday and into early Sunday morning.
The members of the Dakota County Technical College Phi Theta Kappa chapter decided they wanted to do a holiday service project that helped people in the area. So the group, which is an international honor society for two-year technical and community college students, adopted four families through Armful of Love. Armful of Love is a holiday program put on by 360 Communities, formerly the Community Action Council, to ensure families in need have a happy holiday.