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 new business is one step closer to opening in Rosemount. On Sept. 27 the planning commission approved a planned unit development for Feed Products Inc. The company plans to open a facility on part of the former Continental Nitrogen Resources property. Feed Products plans to build a fertilizer storage facility on 25 acres it purchased. Plans include construction of a large dome on the property to hold fertilizer. According to a staff memo to the planning commission the proposed dome location is within the 300 feet setback required in the Heavy Industrial Zone.
While the lizards and the fish didn't mind the Holy Water, some of the cats in attendance looked a little perplexed when they got sprinkled during the St. Joseph Church Blessing of the Animals Oct. 1. The weather was perfect for the outdoor gathering and everyone there seemed to have a good time. "We were so excited and what a beautiful day," said Bridget Samson, parish life coordinator. The event drew all sorts of animals and their owners. Included in the mix were fish, cats, plenty of dogs, cows, horses, crickets and a rooster named Thor. A number of groups came out.
Rosemount is one step closer to having a new senior living facility. On Tuesday the city council chose Development Representation Associates, to move forward on a senior housing project adjacent to the Steeple Center. Now the city will have to negotiate the terms with the group to move forward on the project. DRA indicated they would like to begin construction sometime in 2012. The team from DRA includes Ebenezer Management Services, a part of Fairview Health Services and DSGW Architects of North St.
When Michelle Scheuerlein bought Rosemount Floral 15 years ago, she hoped it was a good decision. Looking back, she's sure it was. Scheuerlein bought the downtown mainstay Oct. 1, 1996. She had recently moved back from California and had taken a job there. Several months after getting the job she ended up co-owning the shop and eventually bought it outright. "I enjoy the work and it keeps me busy," said Scheuerlein. While constantly busy, Scheuerlein said likes owning her own business and hopes to be open until she retires.
Strength training is important for both men and women. Yet it seems women just aren't as inclined to grunt and sweat in a co-ed class. "This school has always had multiple strength training and conditioning classes, beginning, intermediate and advanced. It's open to all students, but it was always extremely male dominated. Very few females would sign up," said principal John Wollersheim So last year Rosemount High School decided to offer a strength- and conditioning- class just for women.
Speeding reduces a driver's time to react. And while creeping a few miles above the limit may not seem like a big deal it could be the difference between an accident and a close call. In an effort to remind motorists to slow down, the Rosemount Police Department purchased speed monitors a few years ago to let drivers know how fast they are traveling. The monitors display a vehicle's real time speed as it passes. If the vehicle is speeding it flashes. "The biggest purpose is to help drivers realize if they're going over the limit," said officer John Sommers.
Seminar aims to help parents teach reading Parents play integral role in preparing kids for reading Reading is an integral part of learning and kids start the process of learning to read way before most probably realize. In fact every time infants and toddlers make a sound, sing a song or chew on a book they make strides towards learning to read. The Robert Trail Library will hold a seminar called Every Child Ready to Read from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 15.
Since World War I, 17 Rosemount High School alumni have given their lives serving in the military. The mother of one of those soldiers, Jill Stephenson, thought the school should honor those men somehow. So she brought the idea up to Principal John Wollersheim. "I wanted to make sure we honor all of the many heroes that have laid their lives down for our freedom," said Stephenson. Stephenson's son Ben Kopp died while serving in the Afghanistan in July 2009. Wollersheim loved the idea and knew just where it should go.
Last week the Rosemount City Council interviewed three developers that had submitted their qualifications to build a senior living facility in downtown Rosemount. All three have experience creating such developments and any would be worthy of the project said mayor Bill Droste. "I am very pleased with all three proposals," said Droste. On Sept.21 the Stonebridge Companies, Development Representation Associates and Winkelman Building Corporation along with various partners shared their visions for the three-acre property on the corner of 143rd Street West and Robert Trail South.
Property owners in School District 196 can sigh some relief as the school share of their taxes will remain about the same. The school board approved its preliminary levy Monday night. "There should be no tax increase in school taxes as a result of this levy," said district finance director Jeff Solomon. The board approved a $ 75.76 million levy limit for 2012. The number is a 3.38 percent or $2.65 million reduction from last year. The preliminary numbers are due to the county by Oct. 7.