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 last two years have been transformative for Sara Johnson. She's become a small business owner and single mother. There's no doubt the owner of Hope and Healing Massage has been through some ups and downs, but now that she's come out on the other end she's in a good place. Hope and Healing Massage, which opened in June of 2009, is thriving. Rosemount's newest massage therapy business recently moved into a new, bigger location in the Waterford Commons building. Additionally she has added a chiropractor to her staff and is looking to add a couple more therapists.
Brig. Gen. David Elicerio has been named the new commander of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division. The 34th is based in Rosemount. Elicerio takes over from Maj. Gen. Richard Nash, who was named Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard last month. "I am humbled. The Red Bulls have a long and proud history and I couldn't be more honored to lead the fine men and women of this organization," said Elicerio in a press release. Elicerio has been a member of the Minnesota National Guard since 1980.
Later this month, Ali Fletcher will leave Rosemount to join the Capuchin Sisters of Nazareth. The trip to Tunkhannock, Penn., will mark the beginning of a new chapter in Fletcher's quest to live the life God wants for her. Getting to this point has been no small task for the Rosemount resident. It took the 20-year-old a while to realize what God's plan for her was. And then it took a little help from some friends to make it all come together. To join the community, Fletcher has to be debt free.
Times are tough, and more than ever people looking for employment need as much help as they can get. The Dakota Workforce Center has recognized that and is trying to reach out to people where they live. The center will sponsor four classes at the Robert Trail Library to help residents get one up on the competition. The classes focus on topics important for anyone looking for work, said Jill Pittelkow, program director for the Dakota County Workforce Center.
Rosemount's share of residents' property will go down for the second year in a row. The city council approved the city's preliminary budget Tuesday night and for many it means good news. The approved preliminary budget reduces the tax burden by $64 for a resident in a median value home. The reduction is in addition to the $77 decrease adopted for 2010. The estimated median home value for Rosemount is $212,000. Each year, the city council must approve a preliminary budget and tax levy by Sept. 15.
About this series: The University of Minnesota has big plans for 1,600 acres that straddle Rosemount and Empire Township. And while the UMore Park plans look good on paper, now that things are moving forward a lot more questions have to be asked. Several forums held in August answered some questions but also created more as the university moves forward. The Rosemount Town Pages will do a three part series on the project and some of the issues that are coming out of it.
Everything about the Rosemount Area Arts Council's Shamrock Film Festival is bigger this year and organizers hope filmmakers and the community will appreciate the difference. The event, which in the past has been part of Leprechaun Days, will be held Oct. 7 through Oct. 9. More days Event organizer Beth Adams said the committee decided to expand the event from one day to three to give filmmakers a fuller event and to allow the public the opportunity to view more movies.
Seeking out ways to link students with the professional world is a continual mission for Dakota County Technical College.
An old kitchen exhaust fan caused the fire that nearly destroyed a Rosemount home last week, said John Kendall Rosemount's Fire Marshall. Marshall said he determined that the fire started in the kitchen exhaust fan and spread to the attic of the four-bedroom home. He said the fan, which was installed in the 1950s, likely when the house was built, had stalled and overheated, causing the fire. Rosemount firefighters responded to the fire on Blaine Court shortly after 9 a.m. Aug. 24 after one of the homeowners called to report it.
A ruling by the Minnesota Supreme Court has pretty much eliminated the ability for cities to grant variances. That means residents who want to deviate from the city's building ordinances will likely be turned down. "This will limit our ability to be flexible," said city administrator Dwight Johnson of the ruling. While the June ruling won't affect a large number of Rosemount property owners, it will likely irritate some. City planner Eric Zweber said the city has considered 20 variance proposals since 2003.