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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Police activity from Sept. 2 through Sept. 8 including adult arrests
The Rosemount Port Authority wants to know what businesses think about a variety of issues, so the city has started conducting a series of surveys to collect feedback. In particular, the port authority wants feedback on ways to support the city's business sector. Community development director Kim Lindquist said the port authority wanted to do something to get input from business owners. The port authority, the city's economic development committee, is looking for ways to better communicate with businesses.
An Apple Valley woman whose blood alcohol content was estimated at more than four times the legal limit for driving was arrested Aug. 28 in Rosemount after she tried to speed away from a traffic stop. Rosemount police stopped Lacey Ann Meacham, 28, on Aug. 28 after receiving reports of a vehicle that was "all over the road in" in downtown Rosemount.
Teachers and nurses in the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School District are getting a raise. The District 196 School Board approved a new deal Monday that will add 2 percent to salary schedules for the two groups in each of the next two years. The new contract, approved on a 5-0 vote with two board members absent, also added an additional .71 percent to the top step of the longevity schedule in the first year and another .6 percent in the second year.
The city's share of taxes for Rosemount residents will go up in 2014. During their Tuesday night meeting, the city council passed a preliminary budget that includes a 1.55 percent increase in the city's property tax levy. City administrator Dwight Johnson said the recommended budget will raise the city taxes on a median-value home by $18. The median home value in Rosemount is $203,500. The estimated city tax on that value home would be $878.
Many people in the area know Stephanie Molstre-Kotz as an art teacher. Turns out she's also an exhibiting artist and she's excited to share her works through an exhibit at the Robert Trail Library. Her show began Aug. 15 and will run through Oct. 31. Residents can see her paintings during regular library hours.
With a backpacks full of school supplies and a few new clothes to wear, kids left the 360 Communities Rosemount Family Resource Center Aug. 28 ready for the new school year. Volunteer coordinator Shira Rabinowicz said the resource center provided back-to-school supplies to roughly 145 students. Those served ranged in age from kindergarteners to high school students. Dakota County Public Health provided fluoride treatments to students as well. "The goal is to start the school year off right," said Rabinowicz of the center's Jumpstart to School event.
After all that modern science has provided, sometimes Mother Nature still wins out. Last week more than 120 goats were released on Flint Hills Resources property along the bluffs of the Mississippi River. Turns out, grazing goats provide a cheap and efficient way to reduce overgrowth and control invasive species. The goats, which belong to the Goat Peak Ranch, are part of a new approach for maintaining and restoring natural habitat along the Mississippi River.
History and arts will collide with two separate events being held next week in Rosemount. The Rosemount Area Historical Society and the Rosemount Area Arts Council have partnered to exhibit the paintings and photographs of G.A.Uitdenbogerd and Family. Historical society member Maureen Geraghty-Bouchard said Uitdenbogerd was a Dutch immigrant and early settler to the Rosemount area. He ran a dairy farm on the west side of town near what is now the corner of 145th, Dodd and Chili Avenues. His wife Piternella also maintained a large flock of chickens.
It started out as a play date and ended with a drug bust. Last January, officers from the Dakota County Drug Task Force and the airport police forced their way into a Farmington home and arrested 37-year-old Rosemount resident Herbert Lee Gildersleeve after Gildersleeve accepted a package that contained more than 11 pounds of marijuana when it showed up at Twin Cities International Airport.