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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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.
Kristin DeJarlais appreciates that someone wants to help take care of her family after her husband, Zack, has been deployed for a year with the 34th Infantry Division. A soldier herself, DeJarlais said it's nice to know someone cares. The couple brought their SUV to Dakota County Technical College Feb. 19 to get it checked out as part of an effort the school put on to help soldiers. Students and staff in the school's automotive programs provided a free car clinic for soldiers and their families.
While it's not as nerve wracking as it once was, giving the State of the City address still can bring on the butterflies for mayor Bill Droste. But he takes his time to prepare and when the time comes he's always ready. On March 9, Droste will give his eighth address.
Ray Christensen doesn't do a lot to promote his books anymore. The longtime voice of University of Minnesota Gophers football and basketball wrote them years ago and doesn't give either much thought. But Christensen does like to talk with people, so when he was invited to speak at the Robert Trail Library, the legendary radio broadcaster jumped at the chance. He has authored two books. In 1993 he co-wrote Golden Memories with Stew Thornley, and in 2001 he wrote Ray Christensen's Gopher Tales.
While other cities are bracing for impact, the city of Rosemount won't feel much effect of budget cuts proposed by Gov. Tim Pawlenty Monday. City administrator Dwight Johnson said the city had anticipated the loss and that the cuts should not change anything for this year's budget. The city will not receive money from the market value homestead credit; however, the city had not counted on the money when it went through its budgeting process earlier this year. The city does not receive any Local Government Aid. This is the second set of state cuts Rosemount has weathered well.
The city of Rosemount got some help from the Dakota county Community Development Agency to enhance a park-and-ride facility that the city plans to build. On Feb. 9 the board of the Dakota County Community Development Agency approved Rosemount's request for $250,000 to provide enhancements to a downtown park and ride the city is working to fund.
Denny Shields knows what it's like to transition from military to civilian life. The former colonel did it himself about three years ago. While he had a pretty easy transition, he knows it can be difficult for some and he wants to help in any way he can.
Mike Hernandez has worked at Reno's Pizza since he was 13 years old. The longtime pizza shop belonged to his grandparents Gene and Sandra Capocasa, and he was helping out the family business. Over the years he continued to work at the restaurant off and on and it just became a part of who he is. So when his grandma decided to retire, Hernandez, now 25, decided to take over. "I like what I'm doing and I like maintaining a good product," said Hernandez. Running a restaurant is no small task. Hernandez has made a few changes. The restaurant now offers delivery and is open Sunday and Monday.