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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Back in 2003, when Capt. Justin Baker came back from serving a tour of duty in Bosnia, there was no reintegration program. It was welcome home and good luck. During that time Justin said he struggled with boredom and missed the people he deployed with. "It was a transition," said Baker. Last year when Baker returned from a 22-month deployment in Iraq, it was a much different experience. Through the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program, Baker and the rest of the 34th Infantry Division, went through reintegration programs at 30, 60 and 90 days and then again at a year.
Every day for the next several months Fred Siewert will sell corn out of the back of his pick-up truck in the Shenanigan's Pub parking lot. He's been doing it for the last 10 summers and doesn't see any need to change now. Siewert drives up to Rosemount each day from Mazzepa. He said he likes the people in town. "This has been my spot for 10 years and so many people are happy to see me come," said Siewert. Siewert started making this summer's daily treks to Rosemount Sunday afternoon, which coincidentally was one of the hottest days of the summer so far.
Dakota Communications Center director Diane Lind is making the rounds to Dakota County cities letting them know how operations at the county's 911 dispatch center are going. On July 13, Lind presented to the Rosemount city council and shared some pretty interesting numbers. In 2010 the DCC had 306,618 Computer Aided Dispatch events. Of those 13,306 were for Rosemount. Calls were picked up within seven seconds 88.2 percent of the time, within 10 seconds 93.9 percent of the time and within 20 seconds 98.7 percent of the time. Countywide 287,762 of the calls were for law enforcement.
The Rosemount Area Arts Council is small, but in its short lifespan the group has accomplished quite a bit - a film festival, bluegrass festival, photo contest and author visits at the Robert Trail Library. RAAC members would like to see more arts-related events come to Rosemount, but the small group has its hands full. So they decided to create a grant that could help others hosts arts related events. This year RAAC will give out five $100 grants to persons or organizations interested in hosting an arts event. The event can be just about anything arts related.
Liz Carlson loves the idea of helping people from birth to old age. That's why the Rosemount resident applied to be on the board of directors for Scott Carver Dakota CAP Agency. It gave her the opportunity to help everybody. In June the board approved the appointment of five new members including Carlson. Carlson will serve on the board for three years. Terms run from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30. Communications specialist Marlys Huismann said the terms are staggered so there are constantly new members coming in and going out. The board member serve as volunteers.
Romana Murphy wanted to teach her kids that they don't have to be paid to help out. So the mother of four signed her family up to adopt a Rosemount park. Once a month they head out to Claret Park, located behind Cub Foods, and pick up garbage. Then they stick around and play at the playground. It's not time consuming, said Murphy, and it teaches a valuable lesson. "It teaches our kids about responsibility," said Murphy. The Rosemount Adopt -a-Park program gives volunteers the opportunity to help keep Rosemount's parks clean and attractive.
Over the weekend Rosemount residents might notice a large number of uniformed soldiers around town. The soldiers, who are all part of the 34th Infantry Division, will be in town for their one year reintegration event. While it's been closer to a year and four months since the soldiers came home, the National Guard wants to make sure they are adjusting to life back home, said Sgt. Melanie Nelson. Through the Yellow Ribbon program, soldiers go through reintegration programs at 30, 60 and 90 days and then again at a year.
The Rosemount Police Department wants people to get out of their houses Aug. 2 to talk to their neighbors and make connections. Those connections strengthen communities and prevent crime. Rosemount community service officer Beth Richtsmeier said the department wants people to turn on their porch lights, lock their doors and get outside.
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.
A familiar sound during the summer months is the tune of the ice cream man. His little truck goes up and down the streets during those hot summer days and is usually followed by a children with money in hand. During this hot spell children sit on the steps in anticipation of the familiar tune. We celebrate National Ice Cream Month during July. Over 98 percent of United States homes consume ice cream.