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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When Paul Scarpari's wife, Jill started weaving baskets in 1991, he didn't think it was something he'd be interested in. But she loved it so he decided to give it a try. His first time weaving turned out awful. "My first basket didn't even stand," said Paul. A few years later he decided to give the art form another chance. His second basket turned out a lot better, and he actually enjoyed making it. He's been hooked ever since. "It's like a little puzzle.
Want to know what it's like to carry a police badge? Rosemount residents will get the chance to at least get a taste of police work during the Rosemount Citizens Police Academy. The Rosemount Police Department will hold its annual academy this fall and interested people should apply now. The course is open to adults over 18 who live and work in Rosemount The free course gives residents a look into the Rosemount Police Department and explains why police do what they do.
Lighthouse Christian Church is taking the opportunity honor first responders and military personnel during its Sept. 11 service. As the 10 year anniversary of the terrorist attacks lands on a Sunday, pastor Bill Goodwin thought it would be the most fitting way to remember the events of that day. "We feel it's really important to take the opportunity to honor first responders," said Goodwin. The services will feature patriotic music along with traditional Christian music. Goodwin said during the services they will pray blessings over both first responders and military folks in attendance.
In 2008, the city of Rosemount decided to plant native prairie plants in areas that weren't used much by the public. Applied Ecological Service did the work and two years of maintenance in Schwarz Pond Park and Erickson Park. Then last year the city didn't budget money to up keep the project. The prairie lands were at a critical point and without maintenance they failed to thrive. Now that the city re-amped the effort, though, the prairie lands have again sprung to life. Project manager Matt Lasch said it just took a little TLC to get the areas back to thriving.
The Rosemount city council on Tuesday approved a preliminary 2012 tax levy that will result in a $38 reduction in the city's share of taxes assessed on a median value home. "This budget is certainly good news to local tax payers," said city administrator Dwight Johnson as he presented the preliminary budget to the council. The council will continue to refine the city's budget over the next few months. A final budget will be approved in December.
The Rosemount Area Athletic Association has teamed up with Fireside Restaurant to host the 2011 Fun Fest Sept. 10. The all day event will offer fun for the whole family and will raise money for RAAA. Organizer Jody Otto said from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. the event will feature games and entertainment for kids in the Fireside parking lot. The family portion will include games set up by the RAAA traveling teams. The teams have been told to set up games that represent their sport. The event will also include a fire engine and other entertainment. At 4:30 p.m.
Pastor Jason Miller isn't afraid of questions about God. He welcomes them. And so the pastor at Community of Hope Church will offer Alpha Course starting Sept. 18. The course explores the meaning of life and the foundation to the Christian faith in a safe environment over 10 weeks. Topics addressed include: Is there a God? Why am I here? Where did I come from? Where am I going? The course is open to anyone with questions about God or Christianity.
Every fall third graders in the Rosemount area receive a dictionary from the Rosemount Lions Club. While it might not be the most exciting gift they have every received, it could be one of the more useful. In this age of computers, the dictionary still fills a vital role in teaching kids the meaning of words, offering context on the meaning of language and even providing a little history. The Rosemount Area Lions Club believes dictionaries are an important tool for kids to have, so each fall the club buys more than 500 to distribute. The club started the Dictionary Project five years ago.
Gail Hoffmann knows how hard it can be to have a child with disabilities. She also knows the joys of having a child with disabilities. "There are infinite joys in raising a child with disabilities. I wish I would have known that early on," Hoffmann said. Shortly before his first birthday, Hoffmann's son Eric was diagnosed with Williams Syndrome. Williams Syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that leads to development problems. Since that diagnosis 15 years ago, Hoffmann has had to become an expert on her son and his medical condition.
After working hard and competing at the Dakota County Fair, several young Rosemount residents are headed to the Minnesota State Fair to show off their talents. Their project range from teaching kids to make a paper bird to showing a ewe. Whatever their category, it's clear these kids are good at what they do. While we couldn't feature all the kids from Rosemount who will compete at the state fair we were able to talk with a few. Sara Devitt When Sara Devitt started 4-H five years ago she planned on doing non-livestock events.