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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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.
Independent School District 196 cleared the way earlier this year for advertising on its web pages, but the money hasn't exactly come rushing in. The district has not added any ads to its main page, and so far Eagan High School is the only district school to put advertising on its school page. Communication specialist Tony Taschner said the EHS ads each bring in about $1,000 per year.
John Loch spends a lot of time scouring old newspapers looking for information about Rosemount. He sits at the Wescott Library and searches through microfiche looking for anything that might draw his interest. While he mostly finds just tidbits he can add to his database, sometimes a bigger story comes out of his research. That was is the case with the Depot Hotel. Over a four-month period Loch put together the pieces that revealed at one time Rosemount had a flourishing hobo population.
Creating jobs has taken on a new sense of importance as the country tries to wriggle its way out of a recession For the Rosemount Port Authority the answer seems to lie in working with other cities and organizations to make good things happen. In its 2011 preliminary budget the port authority dedicated $10,000 to the Itasca Project.
Feeling good isn't something Lt. Col. Mark Weber has done a lot of lately.
While it's always fun to meet authors, librarian Gladys Kim is really excited about Frank Beddor's visit to the Robert Trail Library Oct. 6. "I read the Looking Glass Wars and really enjoyed them and I have heard that he does a really good presentation," said Kim. Beddor is the author of the popular teen trilogy Looking Glass Wars, and the Hatter M graphic novels. The Looking Glass Wars trilogy takes Lewis Carrol's classic 19th century tale of Alice in Wonderland off into unexpected literary.
For a kid, there isn't any day much better than Halloween. Candy, games and costumes make for a good time. For any parent who's tried to dress their goblin or ghoul, though, the fun takes a hit from the sticker shock of buying a new costume. The Rosemount Parks and Recreation department hopes to help Rosemount families get cheap costumes by hosting a costume exchange. The idea is, if you donate a costume, you get one back free of charge.
After more than a year of trying to get established as a non-profit the Friends of the Robert Trail Library has finally been accepted by the IRS as a 501c3. "The past year has been a lot of housekeeping things....
Dakota County Technical College was proclaimed a Yellow Ribbon Company during a Yellow Ribbon Summit held Sept. 22 in Farmington in part to recognize new Yellow Ribbon organizations. DCTC was one of 30 recipients of the distinction "We're happy to be part of an organization that's stepping up," said Nicole Meulemans, the DCTC Student Life director. Beyond the Yellow Ribbon raises awareness and connects Minnesota military personnel and their families through community support, training, services and resources.
Business was the clear focus of Monday night's Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce-sponsored candidate forum at Rosemount City Hall. Both mayoral candidates showed up, as did three of the four council candidates to express their views on a variety of topics facing the city. Tim Judy was absent due to injury. After giving a brief introduction all of the candidates were asked the same questions by moderator Don Sinnwell and given one minute to answer.