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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On Tuesday evening a herd of law enforcement officials will come through Rosemount. They won't be out to bust anyone though. They will be raising money for the Special Olympics. "It's a fun even and a good way to give back to the community," said Jennifer Fordham, the event coordinator. The Dakota County Torch Run will come through Rosemount between 7 and 8 p.m. June 21. The Rosemount leg of the event will start at Dakota Communications Center.
Deb Cunningham and her family went to Ireland a few weeks ago. It was the trip of a lifetime. They saw the cliffs of Mohr, visited Dublin and drove to the Dingle Peninsula. For eight days, the family of five spent time enjoying each other's company and the scenery.
Dakota County Technical College staff, faculty and students breathed a sigh of relief today as it was announced Minnesota State Colleges and Universities will remain open this summer even if other parts of the state government shut down July 1. Gov.
Gabrielle Feivor wants to get healthier. She's been working out at the gym pretty regularly but when her friend Kyann Graham mentioned she was hosting a free weekly Fit Club at Community of Hope Church, Feivor decided to give it ago. For the last three weeks a group of women have busted their humps to the Beachbody video Body Gospel at the church. The dvds are tough, but that doesn't seem to bother any of the women. "It's really a good workout and it fun to do," said Feivor. Beachbody is an independent company that creates workout dvds.
Trudging through the world that is higher education can be overwhelming at first. There are so many things to consider, including getting accepted, class schedules and financial aid. That's why Dakota County Technical College is holding a seminar to help. The Veterans Higher Educational Seminar will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. June 16 at DCTC. The seminar is open to anyone in the community wondering about higher education but is geared towards veterans and military personnel looking to take advantage of their benefits.
Underneath the University of Minnesota's UMore property lies 170 million tons of sand and gravel.
Sasha Mercedes has been writing songs since she was 12 years old. Over the years she's written songs about love, cities, finding a penny and more. She also has performed with a variety of bands including bluegrass, punk and rock. To say the least, she's got a lot of experience. Mercedes is going to share that experience with teens from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 16 at the Robert Trail Library. During a songwriting workshop Mercedes will share some stories about songs she's written and then she will help teens write their own songs. "I will show them how simple it is," said Mercedes.
Throughout the summer Rosemount United Methodist Church will host Wednesday evening services in an effort to provide a time to worship during the week. "We know people go away over the weekend during the summer, so we wanted to provide an opportunity for people to come and worship during the week," said Natalie Olsen, the worship arts director at RUMC. The services won't be your run of the mill church events though. Olsen said weather permitting the church will hold the services outside around the campfire. The Campfire Services will start at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.
When Shawn McMenomy looks back at his career as a police officer he want to know that he gave it his best effort and did something positive. As he starts with the Rosemount Police Department the 25-year-old Hastings native said he plans to serve the department with that goal in mind. "I like the idea of helping people and helping better the quality of the community," said McMenomy of why he went into the field. McMenomy knows first had the impact police can have in a community. His father served on the Hasting Police Department for 30 years.
Dakota County Technical College will deliver layoff notices to more than 100 employees tomorrow in anticipation of a possible state government shut down July 1. The layoffs will become effective July 1. Human resources director Susan Raddatz said the notices will go out to people in all departments of the college. More layoff notices are possible as the July 1 deadline for a budget agreement nears. Communications director Erin Edlund said they are optimistic Gov.