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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The city of Rosemount has completed its election recount, and the results have not changed. Mark DeBettignies will serve another four years on the city council after a Monday recount came to the same result as the original vote. DeBettignies won over challenger Tim Judy by 26 votes. DeBettignies said he's excited to serve the people of Rosemount for another four years. Going forward, he said the council will stay focused on being fiscally responsible and keeping taxes down.
Rosemount's Operation Minnesota Nice group will have a one time Holiday Packing Event at 7 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Rosemount American Legion. The goal is to bring some holiday joy to soldiers stationed overseas. While the group sends boxes to predetermined soldiers monthly, for December it will double its efforts to try and reach more. Rosemount group leader Diane Tapper said they are trying to get people in the community involved with the effort. Usually members adopt a soldier and send them a care package monthly.
The Rosemount City Council approved a liquor license for Irish Liquors during their Nov. 16 meeting. The liquor store, which is owned by Zebadiah Frank, will be located in the former Quilter's Haven location at 14760 S. Robert Tr. The council had approved a license once before for the store but because it has changed locations the council had to approve another license.
Education is at the heart of the University of Minnesota's UMore project. And for at least two young women, the planning of the large residential project gave them the educational opportunity of a lifetime. Over the summer Leslie Theiste and Allie Klynderud worked as the 2010 College of Design interns exploring affordable housing opportunities for UMore Park.
It will take years to come to fruition but eventually residents will be able to walk, bike or run around Dakota County. With the help of cities within it, county planners have put together a plan to interconnect green areas countywide. The plan, called the Greenway Collaborative, calls for government agencies within the county to work together to create 200 miles of trails. The trails, some of which already exist, will connect large natural areas to others within the county through an eco conscious system.
Candidate Tim Judy has requested a recount in the Nov. 2 Rosemount City Council election. Rosemount city staff received a letter requesting the recount shortly before 4 p.m. Nov. 15. The margin for the city council race was 26 votes. Judy received 3,410 votes while incumbent Mark DeBettignies, the second place finisher in the election for two seats, received 3,436.
Tim Judy has requested a recount in the Nov. 2 Rosemount City Council election. Rosemount city staff received a letter requesting the recount shortly before 4 p.m. The margin for the city council race was 26 votes.
Jason Laube was driving his daughter to hockey practice when he saw the little building, at 3450 151st St. W., was for sale. He had been looking for property to purchase, and he thought the building had potential. The State Farm agent said while the location needed a little TLC, it fit his needs. Laube bought property and has since set out to improve it. He put on new siding, updated the landscaping and built offices in the former Rapp Chiropractic location. "We plan to be here for a nice long time and wanted something we'll be proud of," said Laube. On Oct.
The Rosemount City Council decided Wednesday that it will appoint a person to fill the void left by Kurt Bills when he heads to the capitol. Bills was elected to the State House of Representatives and will resign before the end of the year. There are two years left on his term. State statute says when there is a vacancy on a city council, the current board members should appoint a qualified candidate to fill the position.
The Minnesota Valley Transit Authority has hired an engineering firm to do the design work for the Rosemount park and ride. They hope having a plan ready could move the project forward. "We are hoping to move up the project date," said Rosemount community development director Kim Lindquist. While nothing is set in stone, if things go well construction on the project could start as early as 2011. Lindquist said having the plans ready will make the project eligible to move up the project list for construction.