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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Michael Young, Amanda Woodruff and Danny Wu probably don't know anyone in Rosemount, but people here care about them. The three soldiers are all serving in war zones and have been adopted by Operation Minnesota Nice to receive care packages. Young, Woodruff and Wu have been adopted by members, of Rosemount's chapter, along with 10 other soldiers. Each month the chapter sends comfort and love to deployed soldiers all over the world. The packages contain a wide variety of items, including practical stuff like eye drops, wet wipes, and sunscreen.
A grand jury has charged Jonas Gerald Grice with first-degree murder for the shooting death of Anthony Hartman July 12 at a Rosemount car wash. The charge for premeditated murder could mean Grice, 27 of Burnsville, will spend the rest of his life in prison. "This is an extreme act of violence that included shooting a defenseless man who was on the ground," said Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom, explaining why his office sought first-degree charges. Along with the first-degree charge Grice has been charge with intentional murder in the second degree.
John Morison started playing cribbage while serving on a Naval patrol boat in 1950. Some of the other sailors who were playing offered to teach him, and so began a 60-year love affair. "It's a good military game. When you're out at sea for 35 days it's a good monotony breaker," said Morrison. While his days on patrol boats are long over, the longtime Rosemount resident still plays a lot of cribbage. "It's a really fun game. I just love it," said Morrison. A couple times a week Morrison meets with a group of eight other veterans at Caribou Coffee to play.
Trent Eigner will admit that planning Hockey Rocks the Pond has been a learning experience. Some of the ideas going into the daylong event have fallen flat, others have come together well. "It's a work in progress," said Eigner. Ready or not though the event is nigh. A partnership between The Pond and Fireside Restaurant, Hockey Rocks the Pond will take place from noon to midnight Aug. 14. "We wanted to build a daylong event event to celebrate hockey," Eigner said of the event.
Patti Brown likes to cook. The 10-year-old gets to help prepare food at home, so when Shira Rabinowicz told her about the Kids in the Kitchen program happening at the Rosemount Family Resource Center she decided to attend. "I thought it would be fun," said the shy girl. Brown was one of six kids on a recent Wednesday to show up for the class that promotes healthy eating.
Incumbents Kim Shoe-Corrigan and Mark DeBettignies will lead the pack going to the general election for the two open city council seats. Tim Judy and Joe Kurle will join them on the general election ballot. Results on Dakota County's web site show that Shoe-Corrigan received the most votes with 903. DeBettignies followed with 817. Judy received 587 and Kurle, 361. Dennis Winsor and Maila Ellefson were at the bottom with 316 and 23,5 respectively. More than 3,200 Rosemount residents turned out to the polls Tuesday.
Rosemount's first municipal primary will be held tomorrow. Voters will pick four of the six city council candidates to go onto the General Election ballot. 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 best the incumbents. The top four vote getters Tuesday will go onto the General Election, which will be held Nov.
Kurt Bills had a smile on his face from ear to ear Saturday morning. The Rosemount High School teacher and city council member had put a lot of work into organizing a golf tournament for Leprechaun Days and it came together well. In fact the four-person scramble, played at Rich Valley Golf Course, raised more than $1,000 for 360 Communities and hundreds of pounds of items for the food shelf at Rosemount's family resource center. "It was a beautiful thing," Bills said of the event. Bills put together the event for a couple of reasons.
There is much for the community of St. Joseph Church and School to celebrate. They have a new home, a flourishing parish and a top-notch school. To celebrate St. Joseph's legacy the church and school will host a celebration like it never has before on Aug. 21. While partly meant as an all school reunion the event is open to adults in the community as well. "We want it to be a celebration of the history of the St.
The technology behind electricity will become smarter in the years to come and the people responsible for it need to be too. That's why Dakota County Technical College is partnering with Siemens Energy to train skilled workers. The college got some help taking a step in that direction when it received a grant from the Minnesota State Energy Sector Partnership last week. DCTC is one of four schools partnering with Siemens to train electricians and line works on smart grid technology who received the grants.