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.
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The Rosemount City Council decided Wednesday that it will appoint a person to fill the void left by Kurt Bills when he heads to the capitol. Bills was elected to the State House of Representatives and will resign before the end of the year. There are two years left on his term. State statute says when there is a vacancy on a city council, the current board members should appoint a qualified candidate to fill the position.
The Minnesota Valley Transit Authority has hired an engineering firm to do the design work for the Rosemount park and ride. They hope having a plan ready could move the project forward. "We are hoping to move up the project date," said Rosemount community development director Kim Lindquist. While nothing is set in stone, if things go well construction on the project could start as early as 2011. Lindquist said having the plans ready will make the project eligible to move up the project list for construction.
The margin for the city council race was close and could lead to a recount if Tim Judy wants one. Judy received 3,410 votes to finish third in last week's election. Incumbent Mark DeBettignies received 3,436 votes. Because the margin is so close if Judy requests a recount the city will be responsible for paying for it, said communications director Alan Cox. Judy can request a recount after the council has canvassed the results. The council will meet Nov.
Last summer Nic Lunde, Jake Turner and Zach Long talked about their future. The three friends were headed into their senior year at Rosemount High School and each thought his future might be in the military. Specifically, it was the Marine Corps that beckoned to them. Over the course of the year they each talked with a recruiter and each made the decision that the Marines were indeed their future. While they each made the individual decision to join the Marines, the three Rosemount High School graduates got to go through boot camp together as part of a buddy system. On Aug.
Organizers of One Book One Rosemount are pretty happy with the way the month long reading event panned out. While it didn't go perfectly, librarian Jamie Jurgensen said it went well enough. "We had a lot of participation and people seemed to really enjoy it," said Jurgensen. "We are very encouraged." Throughout the month of October the library gave away more than 250 copies of A Long Way from Chicago, the book chosen for the event.
Mandy Mulder isn't like most people. She doesn't just want to help people. She wants to personally experience their plight. Mulder's passion for helping people will lead her on a three-month odyssey across America next spring. But Mulder won't see any tourist sights. She will spend her time on the road caring for the poor, hungry and destitute. The 22-year-old Rosemount woman plans to document the whole thing on video and then share her findings with the world. The idea of the trip and subsequent documentary is to bring awareness to poverty in the United States.
Schwarz Pond Park will get a facelift later this year thanks to an agreement the city has signed with SKB Environmental. On Monday night the council approved improvement plans to the area around the pond. The updated plan calls for the creation of one new wetland area, a rainwater garden, native landscaping, a fishing/observation pier and the addition of a trail near the wetland and a trail connecting the Schwarz Pond Park parking lot to an area just north of the Rosemount High School baseball field.
A petition for child protection has been filed in Dakota County Court to take four children from a Rosemount man. The Department of Social Services filed the petition last week after Khari Jerome Tillman was charged with child endangerment and neglect. Tillman was charged after videos were found on the Internet of him teaching his 15-year-old nephew how to smoke marijuana. The petition, which was filed Oct. 27, says the children, who range in age from 15 to 4 years-old, are in need of protection because they are without proper parental care.
Rosemount is a pretty walkable community, but as any local trekker knows there are some gaps. Just try getting across South Robert Trail at 5 p.m. On Monday the council approved a plan that aims to close those gaps, albeit years down the road. Community development director Kim Lindquist said the city's Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan will serve as a framework for the future.
Apparently voters in the State Senate District 37 didn't think Michael Germain (DFL) was the change needed. Voters overwhelmingly chose to keep incumbent Chris Gerlach (R) as their voice in the state senate. According to unofficial results on the Dakota County website Gerlach received 20,622 votes to Germain's 13,984. "This is a pretty critical time period with the economy the way it is and the budget deficit.