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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While Rosemount's Haunted Woods Trail has some similarities year in and year out, there is always something new for annual visitors to see. The catch is, you have to attend to find out what it is. "We try to keep it fresh every year. There will be a couple surprises here and there," said event chair Mike Bouchard. On Oct. 30 the all volunteer event will take over Central Park to entice and sugar up Rosemount's children. It's a popular event that in recent years has drawn more than 2,000 people to downtown Rosemount.
A Rosemount man has been charged with child endangerment and neglect after allowing his 15-year-old nephew to smoke marijuana. Jerome Tillman, 32, of Rosemount faces a number of charges after officials in the Dakota County Child Protection office found videos on the Internet of Tilllman smoking with the youth. Tillman is the boy's legal guardian. He assumed care for the boy after the boy's mother, Tillman's sister, died. According to the criminal complaint filed Oct.
Within the next month or so Rosemount will begin using social media websites to connect with residents. Through Facebook status updates and Twitter tweets the city hopes to keep residents apprised of what's going on around town. The city will join other municipalities such as Brooklyn Park, Blaine and Mankato in having a presence on social media sites. While it seems like a simple thing, the decision to go forward with the accounts was a bit sticky.
The Rosemount City Council could save more than $200,000 by refunding some of its bonds. In laymans terms, the city will refinance some of its debt to get a better interest rate. Finance director Jeff May told the council during a work session Oct. 13 that the main reason for doing the refundings is because of the market and lower interest rates available to the city. "It could save a pretty significant amount of money," said May. In his memo to the council May said the estimated interest savings over the life of the three city issues is $222,000.
During the past month, I've been sorting 45 years of clutter in our house. My friend said, "I fall in love with too many things but now I have to let go." I remember saving so many things for our children. I think there were 13 boxes of ribbons, trophies, pictures, favorite toys, memorabilia, etc. I thought they might be interested in beside the usual birth certificate, first communion, report cards, their baby book, books and programs for games they were in. I brought the boxes up for our son so he and his wife could go through them. Things I thought he might want to keep were discarded.
The Rosemount Planning Commission has been working on ways to make it easier to bring businesses to town. One way the commission hopes to help is by streamlining downtown zoning. Currently the downtown district falls under four zoning ordinances -- public institutional, residential, commercial and an overlay district.
The first time Dale Cody applied to be an election judge he did it just to get a paid day off. The Minnesota Department of Transportation employee won't lie. His ambitions were that simple. Eight years later, though, Cody works the polls because he loves being part of the political process. "I just love to see it in action," said Cody. "It's fun, but it's also a huge responsibility.
Tim Zemonovic sat pretty much alone in the audience at the Oct. 5 Rosemount City Council meeting. There was little on the agenda.
The University of Minnesota released its Final Environmental Impact Statement Oct. 4 for planned sand and gravel mining on its UMore property.
Erica McDonald likes a challenge. So a couple years ago she decided to do the 60-mile Minneapolis Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk, just to see if she could do it. "I walked every mile," said the Rosemount resident proudly. McDonald had so much fun participating that she decided to do it a couple more times. Then in 2008, she had twins and had to take some time off. The active mother likes to test her endurance, though, so after a two-year hiatus she's back at the 3-Day again, only this time in Dallas. McDonald is doing the walk Nov. 5 through 7 with her sister-in-law, Angie Swanson.