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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Amy Jants has experienced the power of House of Hope. The program, which helps teens overcome destructive behaviors, helped her daughter through a tumultuous time. Jants appreciates what the program did for her family and now she wants to make it available to other Twin Cities families. That's why she has joined in the effort to get a house established in the Twin Cities. "We have a lot of teenagers in the Twin Cities that could benefit from House of Hope," said Jants. House of Hope is a national organization that started in Orlando, Fla.
The Dakota Communications Center will do a mass notification call Nov. 1. Before that, officials want residents to be aware that they can sign up to be notified in the case of emergencies in the area. The DCC operates the Emergency Alert System. The system allows the DCC to notify people of emergencies such as gas leaks, pandemics, floods, nuclear situations and other disasters, said DCC operations director Cheryl Pritzlaff. The Nov. 1 call will be a test of the system. Pritzlaff said the center changed vendors and wants to make sure things are working properly.
The University of Minnesota turned on its new research wind turbine Tuesday with a ceremony at the UMore Park site. Hundreds of people turned out for the event. The Eolos Wind Energy Research Consortium is an industry-academic consortium led by project director Fotis Sotiropoulos.
Judge Karen Asphaug rejected the defense that Jonas Grice was mentally ill when he shot Anthony Hartman in a Rosemount car wash in July 2010. Asphaug handed down the ruling earlier today. That means the 28-year-old faces up to 40 years in prison for the murder. Grice pleaded guilty to second degree murder in early October for the July 12, 2010 incident, but he maintained his right to a mental illness defense. Grice has a history of mental illness including a civil commitment in 2007.
A new Sprint Store opened in Rosemount Oct. 1. While it was slow going at first, when the iPhone 4S came out Friday, life at the store got a little more hectic. "We've been really busy," said assistant manager Brian Cody. Store manager Joey Aunan said it can be hard to open a new cell phone store because people are so used to going to the same places. However, the release of the new iPhone - available for the first time on Sprint -- seems to have people curious enough they are willing to leave their comfort zone. "It's kind of funny," said Aunan.
When Carol Olson's husband died several years ago, she didn't really think much about the lunch served after the funeral. But a while later, when she had time step back and think about it, Olson realized how much it meant to her that it was done. "It really meant a lot to me," said Olson. So when she retired, Olson decided to join the group of volunteers at Rosemount United Methodist Church who provide lunch after funerals and memorial services.
The Rosemount Family Resource Center provides support for a lot of people in the community. This past summer, though, the center has been the recipient of some much needed care itself. Over the summer and into the fall the center has undergone some renovations.
The wind turbine that has risen up on the eastern side of Rosemount is one of three wind energy research and energy projects in the nation. The Eolos Wind Research Station will be an important tool in the creation of new technology for the future of wind energy. And for Jeff Marr and others involved with the project it's just plain exciting. "This is really unique. It's a publicly owned turbine for research," said Marr. To show off the 80-meter turbine, the University of Minnesota-led Wind Energy Research Consortium will host a public commissioning event from 1:45 to 4:30 p.m. Oct.
Dave Schroeder, the first president of what would become, Dakota County Technical College, died Oct. 15. Schroeder served as the first director of the school. He started in 1970 when it was known as the Dakota County Area Vocational Technical Institute. He took the helm three years before the main campus was built on County Road 42 according to a press release from DCTC. When he started the school had 50 students. By the time the doors of campus opened in 1973 enrollment had reached 700.
As people strolled through the checkout line at the Robert Trail Library book sale this past spring, John Loch took note of how many people were purchasing books regarding history. Turns out, quite a few people have an interest in the past. So Loch, the vice president of the Rosemount Area Historical Society, thought it would be great to start a history book club at the library. He brought it up to library staff and they thought it would be a good thing, too. "I think it's a good marriage.