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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Standing out in the middle of the University of Minnesota's land is the Rosemount Research and Outreach Center. It's a beautiful area full of big blooms, colorful vegetables and learning. Each summer, the Center and the Dakota County Master Gardeners partner to host an open house to show off what they've been doing. It's a chance for the public to come in and see what's going on out there. This year the event will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Aug. 18 at 1605 160th St. W. "It's fun.
Melissa Loch has three daughters. That means when she's looking for activities she has to multiply the price tag and the time by three. That gets expensive and time consuming. With that in mind Loch decided she wanted to put together an inexpensive craft event for kids 4 to 12 years old. Her father-in-law, John Loch, who is a member of the Rosemount Area Arts Council, told her about a grant the council was starting to distribute to help people in the community host arts events. Melissa Loch applied and is the first recipient of a $100 RAAC grant.
Now that the state's education funding picture is clearer, members of the District 196 School Board need to answer some questions about their own budget. The school board was scheduled to hold a special meeting Aug. 10 to talk about whether they want to add an operating levy to the Nov. 8 election but it was canceled. The district made $23 million in budget adjustments last year, including the elimination of more than 144 jobs, after voters rejected a 10-year, $150 million levy. Finance director Jeff Solomon doesn't expect those kinds of cuts if voters don't approve a levy this fall.
On Aug. 23 Rosemount will be designated a Yellow Ribbon City in a ceremony at Inver Hills Community College. While it's a nice honor for the volunteers who have made that happen, the group knows it only means they have a lot to do. "It really means we have to start walking the walk," said Renée Hedstrom, a volunteer with the group that organized Rosemount's Yellow Ribbon efforts. The group of about 15 volunteers has been working for the last year to get a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon initiative going in the community.
For Karimi Abdelmajid, family comes before everything. Even in his business dealings he wants family to come out first. That's why he decided to open Bella Pizza in the Loch Blake Building. The space provides lots of dining space for families to come in. Abdelmajid used to own Dominik's Pizza in Inver Grove Heights. He loved his customers and the business but he wanted a place with more dining space.
The Hartford Re/Max Results Breast Cancer Ride will come through Rosemount twice over the weekend. More than 300 bicyclists will make a pit stop on Aug. 6 at Rosemount Middle School on their way to Treasure Island Casino. The two-day ride, started by Rosemount resident Kari Mitchell, will raise nearly $300,000. The money will go to the Open Arms of Minnesota, a non-profit that provides meals to breast cancer patients and their families; and to Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Minnesota. This is the fourth year the ride has taken place.
Lauren Clark might want to be a children's doctor or a teacher or something else entirely. After spending last week learning about all the jobs out there, she's just not sure what she wants to do. It's ok though. The fifth grader has plenty of time to figure it out. Clark took park in the Dakota County Technical College Teens Experiencing Technical Education 2011 camp. The camp, which aimed to introduce girls to the technical fields, drew more than 170 to DCTC last week.
Threats of a thunderstorm cut a Johnny Holm concert short on July 30, but for the most part Rosemount's 10-day Leprechaun Days festival went of without a hitch. Committee president Laura Briggs said every event was successful and well attended.
The Rosemount City Council tabled a decision on a preliminary plat and planned unit development for Pulte Group after a lengthy conversation Monday night. Pulte hopes to build a 182-home neighborhood called the Marshes of Bloomfield on 156 acres in a wooded area in the eastern part of Rosemount. While council members discussed a number of issues, the item that led them to put off their decision was the city's unwillingness to lower its water and sewer trunk fees for the development.
It's been a long time coming but at last the Rosemount City Council has approved bids to start work on the extension of Connemara Trail east to Akron Avenue. The city council approved the project during their special meeting Monday night. The council met Monday so that council members could attend Night to Unite festivities on Tuesday. The council accepted a bid from Minger Construction in the amount of $2,341,683.53 to extend Connemara approximately 2800 feet. Minger was the lowest bid. The project will include water main, sanitary sewer and storm sewer along the whole segment.