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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Within the next month or so Rosemount will begin using social media websites to connect with residents. Through Facebook status updates and Twitter tweets the city hopes to keep residents apprised of what's going on around town. The city will join other municipalities such as Brooklyn Park, Blaine and Mankato in having a presence on social media sites. While it seems like a simple thing, the decision to go forward with the accounts was a bit sticky.
The Rosemount City Council could save more than $200,000 by refunding some of its bonds. In laymans terms, the city will refinance some of its debt to get a better interest rate. Finance director Jeff May told the council during a work session Oct. 13 that the main reason for doing the refundings is because of the market and lower interest rates available to the city. "It could save a pretty significant amount of money," said May. In his memo to the council May said the estimated interest savings over the life of the three city issues is $222,000.
During the past month, I've been sorting 45 years of clutter in our house. My friend said, "I fall in love with too many things but now I have to let go." I remember saving so many things for our children. I think there were 13 boxes of ribbons, trophies, pictures, favorite toys, memorabilia, etc. I thought they might be interested in beside the usual birth certificate, first communion, report cards, their baby book, books and programs for games they were in. I brought the boxes up for our son so he and his wife could go through them. Things I thought he might want to keep were discarded.
The Rosemount Planning Commission has been working on ways to make it easier to bring businesses to town. One way the commission hopes to help is by streamlining downtown zoning. Currently the downtown district falls under four zoning ordinances -- public institutional, residential, commercial and an overlay district.
The first time Dale Cody applied to be an election judge he did it just to get a paid day off. The Minnesota Department of Transportation employee won't lie. His ambitions were that simple. Eight years later, though, Cody works the polls because he loves being part of the political process. "I just love to see it in action," said Cody. "It's fun, but it's also a huge responsibility.
Tim Zemonovic sat pretty much alone in the audience at the Oct. 5 Rosemount City Council meeting. There was little on the agenda.
The University of Minnesota released its Final Environmental Impact Statement Oct. 4 for planned sand and gravel mining on its UMore property.
Erica McDonald likes a challenge. So a couple years ago she decided to do the 60-mile Minneapolis Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk, just to see if she could do it. "I walked every mile," said the Rosemount resident proudly. McDonald had so much fun participating that she decided to do it a couple more times. Then in 2008, she had twins and had to take some time off. The active mother likes to test her endurance, though, so after a two-year hiatus she's back at the 3-Day again, only this time in Dallas. McDonald is doing the walk Nov. 5 through 7 with her sister-in-law, Angie Swanson.
Independent School District 196 cleared the way earlier this year for advertising on its web pages, but the money hasn't exactly come rushing in. The district has not added any ads to its main page, and so far Eagan High School is the only district school to put advertising on its school page. Communication specialist Tony Taschner said the EHS ads each bring in about $1,000 per year.
John Loch spends a lot of time scouring old newspapers looking for information about Rosemount. He sits at the Wescott Library and searches through microfiche looking for anything that might draw his interest. While he mostly finds just tidbits he can add to his database, sometimes a bigger story comes out of his research. That was is the case with the Depot Hotel. Over a four-month period Loch put together the pieces that revealed at one time Rosemount had a flourishing hobo population.