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 been a long time coming but finally Rosemount's Steeple Center is now open to the public. Parks director Dan Schultz said there are a few minor items left on the project but the former St. Joseph's Church is ready for use. "It's 95 percent complete," said Schultz. Improvements to the building, constructed in 1924, included fixing some water damage, repairs to the roof and steeple to prevent further water damage, the addition of a fire suppression system, the addition of a larger stage area, new carpet and paint.
After more than 25 years in dentistry Kurt Chroust still likes going to work every morning. Sure, there are days when the alarm clock rings and he grumbles, but all in all he wouldn't change a thing. "I like what I do more now than I did when I started. I'm really fortunate," said Chroust. Chroust opened his dental practice in Rosemount in 1985 in the physicians building on Chippendale Avenue. Chroust received his undergraduate degree in biology from Carthage College in Kenosha Wis.
Two years ago, the city of Rosemount got 23 candidates for its council election, leaving voters with a long ballot to wade through in November. This year, residents will have a chance to pare the field down a bit. The city of Rosemount will hold its first municipal primary Tuesday, Aug. 10. Six candidates have thrown their names into the hat for the two open positions. The top four finishers will go on to campaign in the general election Nov. 2.
The Dakota Communications Center has postponed hiring a new executive director until after the New Year. Interim executive director Diane Lind will continue to lead the 911 dispatch center until then. "The board has decided to take a step back and go into a holding pattern," said Lind. The board made the decision July 14 after months of searching for a replacement for Kent Therkelsen.
Rosemount's ordinance regarding dangerous dogs is getting an overhaul. At a July 14 work session the council instructed police chief Gary Kalstabakken to revise the ordinance and to bring it back to the council for final approval. Revisions of the ordinance came up after three dogs were attacked in March. Two of the dogs died as a result of their injuries.
Jonas Grice has already been charged with second degree murder in connection with last week's shooting at a Rosemount car wash. But Dakota County attorney James Backstrom is hoping for more. Backstrom hopes to get a grand jury to indict Grice on first-degree murder charges. If he is indicted, Grice, accused of shooting Anthony Hartman on July 12, could face life in prison. "This is an extreme act of violence that included shooting a defenseless man who was on the ground," said Backstrom. A grand jury will be convened in the next four to eight weeks.
Some Rosemount teens got the opportunity of a lifetime last week. Former attorney general Mike Hatch gave them a personal tour of the Minnesota State Capitol building. The teens also got to talk with and take a picture with current attorney general Lori Swanson. "It was so powerful and impacting on these kids," said Shira Rabinowicz, the volunteer coordinator for the Rosemount Family Resource Center. With the help of volunteers the center put together the trip to St. Paul.
Usually Jeannette Appold would rather sit on the sidelines and cheer than be the one accomplishing great athletic feats. So last year when a colleague asked her if she wanted to participate in the two-day Hartford Breast Cancer Ride, the 42-year-old was as surprised as anyone when she said yes. "The helping side appealed to me and I'm always up for a challenge," said Appold. "Just not usually a physical one." The Harford Breast Cancer Ride Presented by ReMax Results is an annual bicycling event that raises money for breast cancer research and treatment.
Jonas Gerald Grice, 27, of Burnsville, was charged today with second-degree murder in connection with the Monday evening shooting death of Anthony Hartman at a Rosemount car wash. Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom said a grand jury will be convened in the near future to review the case and consider first degree murder charges. Accompanied by his parents, Grice turned himself into police early Wednesday morning after a day and half manhunt for the killer. Grice shot Hartman after a brief altercation at the Car Spa Car Wash on West Canada Avenue.
Motorists driving down Highway 3 may have noticed the sidewalk in front of the Loch-Blake building being torn up late last week. Crews took up a portion of sidewalk to access a damaged sewer service line last week on the Northeast corner of the 145th Street and Robert Trail intersection. While he's not sure how the line was damaged, city engineer and public works director Andy Brotzler said it likely happened when crews were putting up the new stop lights at the intersection as part of the Highway 3 reconstruction project. The line has been repaired and most of the sidewalk replaced.