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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A ruling by the Minnesota Supreme Court has pretty much eliminated the ability for cities to grant variances. That means residents who want to deviate from the city's building ordinances will likely be turned down. "This will limit our ability to be flexible," said city administrator Dwight Johnson of the ruling. While the June ruling won't affect a large number of Rosemount property owners, it will likely irritate some. City planner Eric Zweber said the city has considered 20 variance proposals since 2003.
Bill Goodwin isn't the fastest pastor but he's not the slowest either. The head of Lighthouse Christian Church drove a car in the Faster Pastor races at Cedar Lake Speedway Aug. 21 in New Richmond, Wis. "I had two goals going into it," said Goodwin. "I didn't want to come in last and I wanted to beat a pastor friend of mine." Goodwin, also known as Wild Bill on the racetrack, accomplished both of his goals. "I am a faster pastor, just not the fastest," said Goodwin about his experience. Goodwin raced a four-cylinder 2001 Geo Metro in the Faster Pastor races.
LG Bradshaw always knew he wanted to be a writer, but somehow life took him in a different direction. After a 14-year career as a police officer, Bradshaw finally put pen to paper and sought out his dream. "I always liked reading when I was a kid and thought it would be cool as a job but it didn't work out right away," said Bradshaw. After getting divorced, Bradshaw decided to take some risks and wrote his book, Dot to Dot.
A new baseball field and an updated softball field should amp up Dakota County Technical College's ball programs. The college has started projects that will result in updated facilities for the Blue Knights and improve the fastpitch field. Ames Construction donated in-kind service, which has resulted in nearly $1 million worth of work. "Mr. Ames has been quite generous. We are very excited about the new field. It will take our baseball program to the next level," said Ron Thomas, DCTC president. Work is under way on the project, although some technical issues still have to be ironed out.
In trying to build a home of their own, the Cedarwood Church congregation has gotten a lesson in patience.
Rosemount United Methodist Church members have had a whirlwind couple of weeks. They cried as they said goodbye to loved associate pastor Brooke Heerwald-Steiner in late July and smiled as they said hello her replacement, Paul Baudhuin, on Sunday. Baudhuin was assigned to Rosemount after Heerwald Steiner was sent to White Bear Lake last month by Bishop Sally Dyck. Baudhuin comes to Rosemount UMC from St. Croix Valley United Methodist Church where he has been the youth pastor for the past 5 years.
Rosemount will see some cash from the American Investment and Recovery Act come through town this fall. Two city projects have received funds through the Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant, which is funded through the federal stimulus. The first and bigger of the two projects is replacing the boilers at the Rosemount Steeple Center. Parks and recreation director Dan Schultz said the boilers at the former St. Joseph Church are very old and at the end of their lifespan.
While there are some unknowns still out there the City of Rosemount's budget is looking pretty good. And for the second year in a row residents will likely see a decrease on their share of the burden. "It is generally positive," said city administrator Dwight Johnson of the budget. "We've found ways to save." With the current numbers and estimates the city's property tax levy would decline by $214,368. That means residents with a median value home - $212,600 -will pay $46 less in 2011. That is in addition to a $77 reduction for 2010.
Michael Young, Amanda Woodruff and Danny Wu probably don't know anyone in Rosemount, but people here care about them. The three soldiers are all serving in war zones and have been adopted by Operation Minnesota Nice to receive care packages. Young, Woodruff and Wu have been adopted by members, of Rosemount's chapter, along with 10 other soldiers. Each month the chapter sends comfort and love to deployed soldiers all over the world. The packages contain a wide variety of items, including practical stuff like eye drops, wet wipes, and sunscreen.
A grand jury has charged Jonas Gerald Grice with first-degree murder for the shooting death of Anthony Hartman July 12 at a Rosemount car wash. The charge for premeditated murder could mean Grice, 27 of Burnsville, will spend the rest of his life in prison. "This is an extreme act of violence that included shooting a defenseless man who was on the ground," said Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom, explaining why his office sought first-degree charges. Along with the first-degree charge Grice has been charge with intentional murder in the second degree.