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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Life has sprung up in the commercial part of the Waterford Commons building and after eight months of being open the once controversial downtown development seems to be finding its place in town. Over the last few weeks three businesses have opened in the 13,000 sq. ft. of commercial space available in the building. VA Loans and Petushin Martial Arts both opened March 1. FTTH Communications has also taken over space in the building. "We are pretty happy with the way things are going," said Wally Johnson, president of Stonebridge Companies, which built the development.
Over the next several weeks the Rosemount Town Pages will take a look at some of the city's bills. The goal is to get a better idea where the city spends its money and why. This week we chose to take a closer look at a check that went out to Computer Integration Tech for $7,699.57 and learned a lot. The payment to the company went to pay for several different things, said city finance director Jeff May. Two of the invoices associated with the payment were pieces of a much larger project. The city spent $4,937 to purchase two server procurve switches and $2,262 on server backup tape.
The competition was fierce. The contestants were die-hard. And at the end of it all more than 300 people had full bellies and area charities benefited. For the ninth year in a row the Rosemount United Methodist Church held its chili cook-off and a big crowd turned out for the spicy event. Thirty-four contestants competed Sunday to see whose chili was supreme. The overall winners of the competition were Kevin and Avery Huyck. The father-daughter duo won the judges over with a pork tomatillo chili.
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.