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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Kerri Davis is a private person. So depending on the kindness of strangers is not something she's comfortable doing. However, after a fire destroyed her house on Nov. 4 the St. Joseph's kindergarten teacher has found herself in that position. The fire, which started in the garage of her home, destroyed her house, vehicle and all of her family's personal belongings except for a few photographs. "We lost everything. Right now there is snow in my house," said Davis. Davis said she woke to the sound of her car tires popping due to the fire.
Sadie is a 4-year-old black lab. She was found eating rocks near a Dairy Queen in Sioux City, Iowa. The dog, who had recently had puppies, was starving to death and her ears were swollen shut. Amazing Animal Advocates took the dog in and has incurred the cost of her ongoing medical needs. She had to have several teeth pulled that were broken from eating rocks, and she had to have surgery to open her ear canals. Amazing Animal Advocates director Laura Cloose said while at first they though Sadie just had an infection, eventually they figured out she suffers from allergies.
The Lutheran Church of Our Savior crafting group started meeting more than five years ago. In the beginning, the ladies concentrated on beading and sharing fellowship. Then about a year ago, Linda Thone searched mats made from plastic bags on the Internet. Thone, who attends church at Community of Hope, knew men from the church visited homeless people in Minneapolis and thought it would be a nice thing for them to bring the people. Thone found a video that showed how to make the mats and then brought the idea to the crafting group.
As an initiative to continue their mission toward sustainability, Dakota County Technical College has decided to put its biannual publication, Real Magazine, online. In the past the school has sent out the publication with its course schedule. Going forward the two items will be separated and maintained online. "We found as soon as we printed it, it was out of date," said interim communications and marketing director Renee Johnson of the course schedule. The purpose of the new online publication will be the same: to share what the college is doing with the community, said Johnson.
Just like any other Lions Club, the Dakota County Technical College club's purpose is to serve. It just has its own way of going about meeting the mission. In its first year, the DCTC Club has hit the ground running, hosting a number of events that help people at a number of levels. "We keep ourselves pretty busy," said club president Janeth Winkler. Since the club chartered in Aug.
Stacey Bartelson strives to keep herself educated. And while the Edward Jones financial advisor could do that at a number of levels, Bartelson decided to take on the grueling process of becoming a Certified Financial Planner. To become a CFP Bartelson had to become a full-time student, in addition to running a business. She had to pass five classes that covered topics including financial planning, insurance planning, employee benefits planning, investment planning and estate planning.
Driving past the Rosemount Steeple Center one day last winter Jim Kotz had a vision of an old-style variety show in the downtown landmark. The Rosemount Area Arts Council member suggested the idea to others on the council and Christmas at the Steeple Center was born. RAAC will hold two performances of its Christmas variety show, at 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 3. As envisioned by Kotz the show will set up like an old Andy Williams special with various acts going back to back with little time in between. "It's a celebration of Christmas," said Kotz. Each show will include performances by 11 acts.
Kim Gorjestani thinks in pictures. While that sometimes makes it hard for her to get her message across in words, when it comes to storytelling in pictures she's a pro. That's why the Rosemount resident decided to start Photolage. The business specializes in using personal photographs to tell stories.
For Jenny Davis, getting diagnosed with Crohn's disease several years ago was a relief. After years of dealing with pain, she finally had a reason why and ways to cope with it. "It's treatable and manageable but there is no cure for Crohn's disease," said Davis. According to Mayoclinic.com Crohn's disease is an inflammatory bowel disease.
Jacob Grunklee likes science and he's good at it. So when the chance to be part of a science experiment came through 4-H the Rosemount eighth grader jumped at the opportunity. In all eleven Dakota County 4-H members participated in a near-space ballooning program over two weekends in mid-October. The members launched a latex weather balloon from Gaylord, Minn. Oct. 15. The members will gather one more time to see the results of data collected as part of their experiment.