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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Abby Anderson liked doing the library's summer reading program because it made reading matter. The 16-year-old would have read anyway - it's her favorite hobby - but the program rewarded her for it. Now as a volunteer with the program she's trying to encourage younger kids to get signed up to reap their own rewards.
When Trent Eigner opened The Pond, his miniature ice rink on County Road 42, he hoped to bring a restaurant into the location next to the ice arena. For some time Rich Thompson, the owner of Fireside Pizza in Richfield, has wanted to open a restaurant south of the river. Last winter their plans merged and Fireside Restaurant was created. After months of planning and construction the hockey themed restaurant opened June 11. "It went great," said assistant general manager Lauren Vail. Aptly named, Fireside features a large brick fireplace in the middle of the chalet-styled restaurant.
Deb and Michael Geehan didn't pay their dinner bill at Celts Bar and Grill Saturday night. They didn't get the chance to settle up before they left in an ambulance. The Rosemount couple was injured when another Rosemount resident, 50-year-old Leeann Rolf, drove her car into the restaurant shortly before 8 p.m. The Minnesota State Patrol suspects Rolf was chemically impaired at the time of the accident. Deb said felt bad about skipping out on their bill so she called on Monday to settle up.
Got some little ones who need to get their wiggles out? The Rosemount Parks and Recreation department will offer the Music in the Parks series again this summer and it's the perfect event to burn off some energy. Supervisor Lacelle Cordes said the city will offer a variety of family friendly performers for the long standing summer staple. Cordes said the city has sponsored Music in the Park for more than 20 years. "It's directed toward the daycare crowd," she added. The six-week series will feature artists such as Wiggle Jiggle and Jam, the Alpha Bits and the Splatter Sisters.
On June 3 Brooke Heerwald Steiner was ordained as a United Methodist pastor. She conducted her first act as an ordained pastor the next day when she performed her brother's marriage ceremony. Needless to say it was a special weekend for the Rosemount United Methodist's associate pastor. Heerwald Steiner, who has been with Rosemount United Methodist for the past three years, has worked diligently to become an ordained pastor and over the weekend received the fruits of her labor. The United Methodist Church works a little differently than others.
Joshua Kloyda is a rambling man. With a guitar in his hand and a song in his heart the 22-year-old Rosemount native loves to travel the country playing music for whoever wants to listen. While Kloyda spends most of his time in Nashville or on the road these days, he decided to stop in his hometown for the summer to promote his new CD "Ramblin On" and to perform locally. Music has always been a big part of Kloyda's life. He started playing guitar when he was 13 years old. Later in his teens he started writing songs.
A few hang ups have delayed the decision on a new executive director for the Dakota Communications Center, current director Kent Therkelsen said. So the board of directors will have to pick an interim director during their June 17 meeting. Therkelsen's last day is June 30. He said vacation and business trips have slowed up conducting pre-employment background checks and leadership assessments on the final three candidates. Therkelsen said the board will receive a recommendation for an interim director Thursday.
Jerry Peterson lived a full life. He had five children and three step-children that he loved as his own. Additionally, the Green Bay Packers fan had 17 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren that kept him busy. When he wasn't busy with family he ran JP Construction in Burlington, Wis., a company that builds emergency responder training facilities. He was special to the people who loved him so when he lost his battle to lung cancer March 1 there were a lot of tears.
The Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined CF Industries and High Pressure Transports after finishing its investigation into a Nov. 16 accident at the CF Industries semi loading terminal in Rosemount that led to the death of two truck drivers. High Pressure Transports paid a $25,000 fine and CF Industries $1,400 for their roles in the accident. According to the citation, which was issued May 5, High Pressure received the fine for not providing effective training in the transfer and handling of anhydrous ammonia to Robert Larry Shue, 31, of Kingfisher, Okla.
The Rosemount City Council adopted a transportation study Tuesday that calls for the future realignment of County Road 46 and for Biscayne and Akron Avenues to be connected. The study, done as a cooperative effort through the University of Minnesota, Rosemount, Dakota County, Empire Township and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, reviewed the east-west and north-south corridors through the UMore Park area and identified future needs. "As this study identifies corridor needs and alignments in concept only, the study will be used as a guide for future development of the area to pre