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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It's the time of year again when red and pink are everywhere. The decision between flowers or chocolates lingers on the brains of lovers everywhere and as the days quickly pass Feb. 14 gets closer. For Michelle Scheuerlein, owner of Rosemount Floral, Valentine's Day means lots of business and long hours. She doesn't mind, though.
Nic Stevens has made music his whole life. The son of a music teacher, it's part of who he is. It's the way he communicates his feeling. It's the way he relieves stress. Up until recently though, Stevens pretty much kept his music to himself. In college he made a couple demos but those efforts didn't go far. Then life happened. He met his wife, became a youth pastor and started a family, which didn't leave much time to pursue his dream of reaching a broader audience.
A man is in stable condition after being struck by a vehicle and drug for a short distance in the Shenanigan's Pub parking lot Saturday night. Rosemount police chief Gary Kalstabakken said while police are still trying to put the pieces together it appears the victim was struck after a fight broke out between two or three people in the parking lot of the bar. A man involved in the fight got into his vehicle, backed up over the curb and hit the victim, who Kalstabakken said was not involved in the altercation. The driver then sped forward dragging the victim for a short distance.
Rosemount Liquor and Wine Cellar will serve a 30-day suspension and pay a $2,000 fine for it latest compliance check failure. The Rosemount City Council handed down the penalty during a special meeting Monday. The council met a day early because of precinct caucuses held Tuesday evening. The council moved forward with the penalty despite pleas for a more lenient penalty from owners Sean Schumacher and David Christ.
As the 1,000 or so soldiers with the 34th Infantry Division return from Iraq they will undergo more training. But unlike the training they received to go to war, this time they will learn how to adapt to the world they left a year ago. Coming back from war isn't a simple process. For many it means learning to be part of their old lives again.
Nick Karels was searching Craigslist when something called Man Cave caught his eye. So he clicked on it to find out what it was all about. Man Cave, Karels learned, is a fairly new company that started in Minnesota for enterprising young men. Representatives for the company demonstrate and sell products specifically for men, such as meats and grilling accessories through in home parties.
After 40 years of service the Community Action Council has a new name. In January the community service organization became 360 Communities. It will go under the new moniker from here on out. President Mary Ajax said the new name reflects the cyclical relationship between the community and the people it helps.
Once again it's time for residents to get out and tell their political parties what they want. Precinct caucuses will be held for the major political parties Tuesday at varying locations in the area. Caucuses begin the process of selecting candidates for the 2010 election and establishing policy positions to shape party platforms. During the events attendees discuss a wide range of issues and pass resolutions to shape the platforms. Parties may conduct straw polls to gauge attendees' candidate preferences for state and federal offices, including governor.
It's been a long year for Korbin Noyes. His mom, Sgt. Jinny Noyes, a Rosemount resident, has been deployed to Iraq since February with the 34th Infantry Division and he has waited for her to return. The wait ended Sunday evening when Jinny burst through the doors of the Rosemount Community Center gymnasium. "It feels good to have her home," said Korbin, talking into his mother in her Army issued fatigues. Sgt. Noyes returned Sunday with the first wave of 34th Infantry Division soldiers to come back from Basra, Iraq.
Drinking and driving arrests were way down in 2009 and it's not because the Rosemount Police Department has relaxed on the issue. It seems tough enforcement over the last several years has led to some changes. Lt. Jewel Ericson said he believes increased media efforts and strict enforcement have brought more awareness to the public about drinking and driving. He said the message seems to have affected people's habits. In 2009 the Rosemount Police Department made roughly 140 DUI arrests. That's down from 236 in 2008.