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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Justin Bottem likes to work. The 18-year-old knows some people might find that strange, but he doesn't care. That drive has led the young man to start his own lawn care business. After working for his uncle for several years Bottem decided he wanted to strike out on his own. He bought a lawn mower, weed whacker and other tools on Craigslist and has put himself to work for Bottem Priced Lawn Care. Based at his parents' house, Bottem said he has kept himself busy through the summer. He does some mowing and general lawn care.
The Rosemount Planning Commission approved text amendment and a conditional use permit for SKB Environmental to start composting on their site. Several neighbors attended two public hearing to complain about the use. SKB operates an industrial, construction and demolition waste landfill at 13425 Courthouse Blvd.
Jake Foster will have some bragging to do when he goes back to school this fall. The St. Joseph School student and Boy Scout got to fly in a piece of history. Foster, a member of Boy Scout Troop 207, got the opportunity to fly in a Stearman bi-plane, used for training by the Tuskegee Institute. Father Paul Jarvis, the new pastor at St. Joseph Church, also got to ride in "The Spirit of Tuskegee." The opportunity followed a series of serendipitous events. Capt. Matt Quy, who is also a St. Joseph's alum, bought the plane six years ago with his wife, Tina.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.