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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A student at a school in Michigan was flying high last week as the logo he designed was chosen for his school district.
Imagine struggling to put food on the table for your children and then, out of the blue, receiving a grocery store gift certificate. Not only would the gift certificate fill a practical need, but it would also provide an emotional boost. By giving unexpected gifts like a grocery store gift certificate, Moms and Neighbors aim to give comfort and hope through the power of kindness. Moms and Neighbors is a nonprofit that consists of women who want to help families through crisis.
Since 2003 the Rosemount City Council has sat down early in the year to established goals for the months ahead. Mayor Bill Droste said the process has helped the council focus in on what's important and make things happen. "It keeps us accountable," said Droste. The council held this year's goal setting sessions Jan. 20 and 21. During that time, Droste said, the five members of the council talked openly about what went well in 2011 and what didn't.
The Isaiah Group aims to open dialogue with governing officials to build better communities.
Tony Marthaler has shown cattle for years and he loves it. That's why when he started at North Dakota State University, he joined the Saddle and Sirloin Club. The club aims to promote the agricultural industry through educational and social activities. As part of that mission the club runs an event called Little International. The student-led event consists of showmanship competitions in beef, dairy, sheep and swine among others. The club honors agriculturists who distinguish leadership in the industry.
Jonas Gerald Grice was sentenced to 25 years and nine months in prison for murdering Anthony Hartman in a Rosemount car wash in 2010. Judge Karen Asphaug also ordered Grice to pay restitution to the family as determined by community corrections. The sentence was handed down today in Dakota County Court. Grice pleaded guilty to intentional second degree murder but held onto a mental illness defense.
County sheriff and ice fishing host Madge Dulik is looking for a killer. She's got an interesting group of suspects, including Colonel Geoffrey Blankenship, who owns a north woods resort. She'll hook the killer Jan. 28 at the Rosemount Steeple Center. The Rosemount Area Arts Council will present its fourth annual Mystery Dinner Theater at 6 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Steeple Center. Once again the cast of Mr. Mystery Productions will provide the performance. This year's play is titled "Cabin Fever." Mr.
Steve Meyer has worked as a police officer for seven years. During that time he's gained a lot of experience, but nothing compares to the week he spent in Mexico City as part of a group from Saint Mary's University. "I've never known anything but the Midwest and this offered a global perspective. It was a fantastic opportunity," said Meyer. Meyer, a Rosemount resident, works for the Mendota Heights Police Department. He currently is in the public safety administration graduate program at St. Mary's. He travelled to Mexico City in mid-November with seven of his classmates.
It's a strange experience to look back at the last year's work. Some stories I remember well. Others I completely forgot. Either way 2011 was an interesting year full stories that needed to be told -- some wonderful, some sad and some that were just weird. Here are my favorite stories from the last year. The addition of the community garden I chose this story as a favorite because it's a topic close to my heart.
The Rosemount City Council voted Tuesday night to change its website services provider. Starting later this year, the city will use CivicPlus instead of its longtime provider, GovOffice. The council has made it a goal to improve its communications with residents. Part of that goal is improving the city's website so it's more user-friendly and offers more to residents. Communication director Alan Cox said that GovOffice has too many limitations to make the city's website goals happen.