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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The Dakota County Parks department is looking for residents' opinions about its plans for two future greenway corridors in Rosemount and Empire Township. While the projects are years away, county planner John Mertens said the county wants to know what people think of the concept. The parks department will hold an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Rosemount Community Center. The input received will help county staff develop the greenway corridors. The greenway vision proposes more than a trail system.
n The city of Rosemount gave business owners an update on projects at a Nov. 30 lunch ByEmily Zimmer Staff writer The city of Rosemount held its Business Appreciation Luncheon Dec. 1 at the Steeple Center. The city invited area business owners for lunch to say thank you and to provide information. A large crowd attended the luncheon, at which Mayor Bill Droste spoke.
While other cities are struggling through this budget season, Rosemount residents will generally experience a reduction in the city's share of taxes. The city will hold its Truth in Taxation meeting at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at city hall. The meeting gives residents an opportunity to have their say about the 2012 budget and levies. Finance director Jeff May said he and city administrator Dwight Johnson will begin the meeting by giving a brief presentation on the budget and levies. After the council has the chance to ask questions, they will open the floor to the public for comment.
Kari Mitchell has a heart for helping people. In fact it's become a huge part of her life. She plans an annual bike ride to raise money for breast cancer research, and in 2012 she will start a new event that will raise money and awareness for men's cancers. Mitchell doesn't do it for recognition, but on Dec. 3, the Minnesota Jaycees will recognize the Rosemount woman as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotans. "It's kind of embarrassing," said Mitchell of the honor. "I keep asking, am I worthy?" Obviously the Minnesota Jaycees think the answer is yes.
Rosemount's Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Committee wanted to do something for Christmas. The VFW and the National Guard also wanted to do something for military personnel and veterans during the holiday season. Instead of hosting three different parties, the three groups decided to combine their efforts into one grand party. What's come from the effort is an afternoon of holiday cheer that will be open to all members of the military, veterans and their families. The party will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Dec.
The Rosemount Planning Commission approved a variance for Master Transmission that will allow the business to add a new sign in front of its building. The area where the sign will be located has a 10 foot setback from Highway 3. With the variance the business will construct a 13-foot sign.
Sometimes it's good to change things up. For Rosemount Curves for Women owner Dee Dee Lind, that meant changing locations for her business. Lind moved Curves for Women from Rosemount Market Square to the Waterford Commons building in downtown Rosemount this fall. The move, she said, has put new life into the business. "I walk in here and smile. The ladies seem to like it too," Lind said of the new location. Lind said the new location is centrally located and more visible.
While looking at a winter wonderland may be pretty, driving or walking in it creates added dangers. Here are some tips on how to stay safe through the winter months. Outside Dropping temperatures shouldn't strand you inside but taking precautions to keep safe is key. The biggest dangers low temperatures pose are hypothermia and frostbite. Both conditions can be avoided by dressing warmly. According to the Minnesota Department of Safety, clothing should consist of several layers and include boots, gloves or mittens and a hat.
In August Brooklyn Hanson's cousin got a letter from Future Productions for the Miss Teen USA competition. Brooklyn's cousin wasn't interested, but Brooklyn was. "I thought it would be cool," said Brooklyn. The 13-year-old Rosemount resident decided to sign up and give it a try. On Nov. 26 she will compete against dozens of other girls from around the state to become Miss Minnesota Teen USA. While she's never done anything like it, Brooklyn said she feels as though the experience will be good for her.
Rosemount children can eat breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus Dec. 3. The annual parks and recreation department event will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Rosemount Community Center. The parks and recreation department has held the annual event for more than 20 years. Parks supervisor Lisa Maurer said the event provides a laid back atmosphere for families to spend some quality time together. During the two hour event kids will have a chance to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Parents should bring a camera to take pictures.