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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It's easy to get down on everything these days. But in his State of the City address Mayor Bill Droste encouraged residents to look at the bright side. While not all is rosy on the city government front, Droste said some good things happened in 2009 and he expects more positives will come in 2010. Droste gave his 2010 State of the City address Tuesday morning at the Rosemount Community Center.
Booze was the topic du jour for the Rosemount City Council Tuesday. The council held two public hearings and granted two liquor licenses during the half hour regular meeting. Rosemount Liquor gets new owner The council granted David Landgrebe a new off-sale liquor license to take over the troubled Rosemount Liquor and Wine Cellar. Landgrebe, who co-owns Carbone's Pizza, will close on the store Friday. Landgrebe will take over the operation from Sean Schumacher. Over the past five years the store has had five compliance check failures, the most recent in December.
Sears saw heavy traffic Monday The response to the Trade-In and Save Appliance Rebate Program was overwhelming and right in the middle of all the chaos was Rosemount's Hometown Sears Store. Nick Kressman , store owner, said the response to the program created heavy traffic in the store Monday and he anticipates he will continue to see increased sales over the next several weeks as more people come into to use their claimed rebates. "We had heavy, heavy traffic Monday.
MRCI Workforce is looking for a few good men and women. The company, which provides employment opportunities for people with disabilities, is looking for ways to better promote itself in the Twin Cities and needs volunteers to help figure out ways to do that. Rosemount director Julie Beckman said the company, which is based in Mankato, is rapidly growing in the Twin Cities. It wants to create a marketing committee with the goal of promoting its operations up here.
Beth Richtsmeier wears a lot hats for the Rosemount Police Department. As the community resource officer, the 10-year veteran has become the face of the department. Under the umbrella of her position fall a number of responsibilities, which keep her busy. For two hours each day she serves as the Rosemount Middle School resource officer. Richtsmeier said in the middle school she builds relationships with the kids and acts as a visible deterrent.
The race is on. Phillip Sterner (DFL) and Kurt Bills (GOP) will go head to head for the 37 B State Representatives seat. Both Sterner and Bills received endorsements from their respective parties over the weekend. Sterner, the incumbent, received the DFL endorsement Saturday during the DFL District 37 convention held at Rosemount Middle School.
The Let's Get Growing Spring Expo is right a round the corner and for those gardeners suffering from the winter doldrums it may just be the pick-me-up they need to tide them over until spring. The expo will feature keynote speaker Dr. Neil Anderson, a floriculture professor at the University of Minnesota. Anderson is a floriculture geneticist who directs the herbaceous perennial breeding program at the University of Minnesota.
In an effort to provide more ways to report issues on city property the Rosemount Public Works department has added an online form to report things like potholes or graffiti. While the system is simple in nature, city staff hopes residents will use the form to report non-emergency issues to the city. "It's a big city. If people can help us keep up with issues, all the better," said public works director Andy Brotzler. Residents can use the online form to report issue such as potholes, vandalism to city property, playground maintenance and damage from snowplowing.
Joan Rusco believes when you do good things, good things happen. That philosophy seems to be getting her through life pretty well. On March 1, Rusco will open VA Loans in downtown Rosemount and fulfill a dream. She credits doing good things for leading her to the opportunity to open her own business. VA Loans Minnesota provides affordable loans to Minnesota service members and veterans.
Recovery efforts are ongoing for the people of Haiti who were devastated by an earthquake Jan. 12. Hundreds of thousands of people were injured during the earthquake that struck the island nation and for some of them getting the medical supplies they need has been a long time coming. To help those injured during the quake Prince of Peace Church in Davenport, Iowa is collecting medical supplies to send to missionaries affiliated with the church.