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 members of the Ugandan Orphans Choir burst with energy when they're on stage. The children, who range in age from 8 to 14, put their all into each performance because they know it can help other children in impoverished countries have a brighter future. The choir, which is made up of five boys and five girls, is in the midst of its annual United States tour. For six weeks or so they are in Minnesota. During that time they stop in Rosemount twice. They had a performance at Lighthouse Christian Church July 13 and will perform July 20 at Rosemount United Methodist Church.
Getting through 30 books in 30 minutes isn't easy but it's a fun time if you're with the Splatter Sisters. The trio, who hail from Roseville, will bring their show to the Robert Trail Library at 10:30 a.m. July 19. Their show, titled 30 Books in 30 Minutes, is a fun way to introduce kids to an assortment of books said Mary Beth Hess, a Splatter Sister and writer of the show. "It's basically just a lot of fun," she said. Hess thought of the idea a few years back and has been working on it for a while.
Lisa and Joel Martin have two young children. They also had three thriving hair businesses - Cahill Salon in Rosemount, The Man Cave in Farmington and Cahill Barber Parlor in Burnsville. The combination spread the couple thin, so they decided to consolidate everything into their Rosemount location. "We just want to simplify our life," said Lisa. To make room for it all they effectively had to gut and remodel their 14555 Robert Trail space. The new space will have room for all their services, said Joel.
If you've been thinking about getting a pet, Amazing Animal Advocates Rescue has some adorable dogs and cats they'd like you to see and an opportunity for you to see them. On Saturday Amazing Animal Advocates Rescue and Fluegel's Farm, Garden and Pet will team up to hold an adoption event at Fluegel's, 14700 Robert Tr. The goal is to get some good animals into homes where they will be loved and cared for. Amazing Animal Advocates founder Laura Cloose said they have lots of kittens, dogs and puppies available for adoption.
In the Book of Acts, God commands that people witness his message to the ends of the earth. To fulfill that call, a few days after this paper comes out Neil and Tamara Ristow will board a plane headed to Africa. Their mission will be to meet some very basic needs for some very poor people. And they will spread God's message of love and forgiveness. The couple will represent Lutheran Church of Our Savior, where Neil is a pastor and Tamara runs education programming. For the first two weeks of their monthlong journey, they will fit people in Tanzania with eyeglasses.
An unoccupied house on 151st Street suffered significant damage the night of July 12 after it was hit by lightning. The lightning strike started the house, 4102 151st St. on fire said fire chief Scott Aker. A neighbor called the incident into the fire department at 11:54 p.m. Aker said the fire caused major damage to the four bedroom house. The house is for sale and Aker said a buyer was supposed to close on it soon. Aker said lightning related fires aren't common but do happen. "We respond to about one a year," said Aker.
When Scott Goodlund builds a deck, he wants it to be perfect. When other people look at it,he wants them to say, "Wow." With that goal in mind, the Rosemount resident has started Decks Plus More. The business specializes in building decks and patios, but Goodlund said he provides any wood construction. Goodlund has been in the construction industry for years. He has done everything from roofing to foundation work to building homes.
While a budget didn't get passed, plenty of other things did during the 2011 Legislative Session. Here is a list of several of the laws that went into effect July 1, according to the Minnesota House of Representatives information services. Synthetic marijuana has been banned. It is a gross misdemeanor to sell synthetic marijuana or to possess it. The drug has a number of names including K2 or Spice. A new law requires repeat DWI offender and first time offenders whose alcohol concentration is at least double the legal limit to use an ignition interlock device to drive in Minnesota.
Sara Aker loves Harry Potter, so a few years ago the Rosemount Parks and Recreation Department employee suggested the city host a Harry Potter camp. Turns out there are a lot Harry Potter fans in Rosemount. The camp, which will be held for the fourth time, has been one of the department's most popular camps. This year it will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. July 18 through July 21 at Central Park. With the last movie in the series coming out on July 15, the camp will revolve around the final book, Deathly Hallows.
When the Dakota County Gun Club held its first shooting event for kids five years ago, three people showed up. Two were the grandchildren of one of the event's planners. The third had never shot a gun before. But that third kid became a regular. He attended just about every youth shooting event the club held until he got too old to participate. Eventually, plenty of other young shooters joined him. These days the gun club's twice-monthly summer youth shoots draw 100 or more kids who want to try their hands at shooting rifles, shotguns and bows.