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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Considering the emphasis Rosemount puts on its Irish heritage, it seems a little odd that the town is relatively quiet on St. Patrick's Day. That's about to change though, because the Rosemount Rotary Club has planned a big party to celebrate. On St. Patrick's Day the Rosemount Rotary Club will host the Irish for a Day Soiree. Club president Denise Kniefel said the club wanted to tap into Rosemount's pride in its Irish heritage while hosting a fundraiser. With no other large events in town on St. Patrick's Day, the event made sense. The Irish for a Day Soiree will start at 6:30 p.m.
A child dies every 45 seconds from malaria. Not long ago, it was every 30 seconds. A big reason for that slowdown is the efforts of the United Methodist Church. "Our church is fighting really hard to end suffering from malaria," said Leia Williams. Williams is a field coordinator for Imagine No Malaria, a program put together by the United Methodist Church to combat malaria related deaths. On Feb. 12 Williams spoke to the Rosemount United Methodist Church congregation about Imagine No Malaria and how the church can help.
The Rosemount Police Department has a reputation, and according to some bar owners it's killing their businesses. Six bar owners and managers attended Wednesday night's city council work session to complain about how often police pull over customers and staff especially in the late night hours. Carbone's Pizza owner Dave Landgrebe said he feels like his customers and staff have been harassed by the city's police officers and that because of it he's losing business.
The Rosemount Knights of Columbus do a great deal of good in the community. To do that though, they need to raise money. So the Catholic men's organization is putting on a spring turkey and ham Bingo fundraiser. The Rosemount Knights of Columbus will host the event at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at St. Joseph's Church Social Hall. Grand Knight Jeff Bunke said the event will mirror the group's fall Bingo event. The event will have a Mardi Gras theme. Proceeds raised will be distributed to different charities.
Rosemount residents can have some free fun with the family at the city's annual Family Fun Fest. For the fifth year in a row, the Rosemount Parks and Recreation Department will offer the event from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Rosemount Community Center. Parks supervisor Lisa Maurer said this year's event will feature music by the Alpha Bits. The Alpha Bits consist of Sandy and Chris Hinding, who have been performing for kids for more than 10 years.
Minnesota State University, Mankato honors list The academic high honor and honor lists for the past fall semester at Minnesota State University, Mankato has been released. Several Rosemount students earned a spot on the high honor list by achieving a 4.0 grade point average. Those students include Melissa Johnson, Emily Nelson, Kiley Nuernberg, Nicholas Pipho,Eric Pittelkow, and Alexandra Wyss. Several more local students were named to the honor list.
Members of Community of Hope Church had a reason to party Sunday. The church celebrated its 10th anniversary. Members celebrated with services and cake. "It's so exciting to see God moving in this body," said Renee Graves, director of communications. The church got its first breaths of life in late 2000. The church started as a plant of several Evangelical Lutheran Churches in America congregations. In May of 2001 representatives from several churches met to explore the idea of planting a church in Rosemount. The churches involved were Prince of Peace in Burnsville, Hosanna!
The city of Rosemount is currently taking comments on the Alternative Urban Area Review for County Road 42 and Akron Avenue. The city originally adopted the environmental document in 2007. An AUAR anticipates the impact of development in an area and how cities can mitigate those impacts. The area within the AUAR has been mostly labeled residential. Currently there are two developments going up in the area: Prestwick Place Second addition, which includes 29 lots, and Prestwick Place Third Addition, which includes 27 lots. Additionally, Connemara Trail is being extended to Akron Avenue.
Two Rosemount establishments will expand their businesses in 2012. After holding public hearings, the Rosemount City Council approved new liquor licenses for MGM Liquor and Tops Pizza during their meeting Monday night. MGM Wine and Spirts plans to move its operation from the Rosemount Crossing location to the former Shenanigan's Liquor Store site at 15047 Crestone Ave. Owner Mike Maglich told the city council the former Shenanigan's site is larger than their current location and will allow the store to provide a wider selection of products.
When Rachel Vath was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 19 last summer, she didn't ask why? While others around her did, Rachel didn't see any use in dwelling on a question that couldn't be answered. The question she asked was how to beat the cancer. Rachel, a 2010 Rosemount High School graduate and hockey standout, was diagnosed with breast cancer in July. She first noticed a lump in her breast her junior year of high school. Doctors insisted that it was likely a cyst. Then last year the lump started to grow and hurt.