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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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.
This week's Pet of the Week is a 12-week-old calico tabby domestic longhair who was found as a stray. This kitten is very cute and very friendly. She will be up to date on all of her shots before she is sent to a new home. She's just looking for someone to take her in and care for her.
In 2005, Derrick DeWilde and his wife Becky took Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University. The young couple had undergone a lot of changes, including getting married, having a baby and buying a house. While they weren't in danger of bankruptcy, Derrick said the couple found themselves "struggling" so they took the course for the first time. "We figured we couldn't go anywhere but up," said Derrick. The course provides families and individuals with practical tools to gain control of their finances and set themselves up for long-term financial success.
A few years ago, Akron Avenue was an empty dirt road. No more, though. The road now leads to some of Rosemount's finer athletic facilities. Most recently, the city has added two youth ball fields. The fields are ready for play, said parks director Dan Schultz, and youth softball and baseball programs will start to use them this fall. The city will hold a grand opening for the two fields at 6 p.m. Sept. 3 at 14860 Akron Ave. "We're excited to have the fields ready," said Schultz.
Since 2007 four young men who have attended School District 196 high schools have died serving in combat. To Eastview teacher Joel Kiekbusch, that's an extraordinary fact. After thinking about it, he wanted to come up with a way to celebrate the lives of Marine LCPL Daniel Olsen, U.S. Ranger Cpl. Ben Kopp, U.S. Army 1Lt. Christopher Goeke and U.S. Army Cpl. Andrew Wilfahrt. Being an educator, he thought a scholarship would be the best way to honor the sacrifice the young men made.
The Rosemount Area Arts Council recently received the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council Arts Achievement Award. It's a pretty big deal for the volunteers who over the last six years have put their blood, sweat and tears into establishing the organization. "We are proud of the body of work we've accomplished," said Jeanne Schwartz, RAAC chair.
Students in Farmington and Rosemount scored better than their peers statewide in almost all instances on the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment tests given during the 2012-13 school year. The tests, required by state and federal law, are given every year as one tool to assess whether students are making adequate progress toward meeting state standards in math, reading and science.
Clarissa Hadler knows what it's like to own a business. So when she was putting together resources for the city's virtual business incubator she had some ideas what resources would come in handy. However, she also had to take a step back and try to remember what it's like to be new to it all. Hadler, who has owned her own businesses, was hired as an intern for the city of Rosemount to put together the virtual business incubator over the summer. Hadler is getting her master's degree in public administration from Hamline University.
Rosemount police activity from Aug. 19 to Aug. 25 including adult arrests
Well, it's not official on the calendar, but it's official in the minds of most of us. Summer is over. Gone. Toodles. Farewell. Bye-bye. See ya in nine months.