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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It's winter time in Rosemount again and you know what that means: it is almost Christmas time. This season is a time of need for many families. When shopping around for your kids' favorite toys or your favorite movie, maybe you can spend just a little more and give to someone in need this holiday season. Giving can be so easy. Just the smallest donation can help. Putting less on your Christmas list and participating in Toys for Tots is a great way to spread toys to kids who probably won't get as much as you. Or maybe you have extra, unopened DVDs or books your family doesn't need.
Travis Bracht believes positive things lead to more positive things. That's why the tattoo artist wanted to see the shop where he works do some good in the community. He knew others tattoo shops had done fundraisers for Toys for Tots, so he suggested the ideas to All Out Ink Tattoo and Body Piercing owner Sherman Perrault. "I know people are hurting these days. This is a way we can help," said Bracht. On Dec.
Three things are important to know about Colin Murray, Jamie Compton and Karen Compton. They love dogs, they believe in the locavore movement and they are motivated. Combine those and you get a successful business idea. This year the trio created Barkley's Bistro. Barkley's produces gourmet dog treats that are chef-inspired and handmade in small batches. All the ingredients in the treats are locally produced by Minnesota and Wisconsin farmers, Jamie said.
Last summer pastor Bill Goodwin had a vision of opening a coffee shop in the lobby of Lighthouse Christian Church. He asked Jerry and Laura Hatzenbuhler if they might be interested in leading the effort. They didn't know anything about running a coffee shop but the couple both have business backgrounds. So they prayed about it and felt God wanted them to get the coffee shop up and running. Over the last year and half the couple has learned what they need to know and on Dec.
The Rosemount City Council approved its 2012 street improvement project Tuesday, but not before council members got an earful about bike lanes. Several members of the community got up to speak during a public hearing for the project, asking the council not to put bike lanes along 145th Street, especially if doing so took away parking. Maureen Geraghty Bouchard has lived along the street for 22 years and said she saw no practical need for the bike lanes.
The Rosemount City Council adopted its 2012 budgets and levies for 2012 Dec. 6. The council received no public comment about the 2012 budget and moved forward with a 5.75 percent cut to the tax levy. The 2012 budget is for $16,689,426, a change of .38 from 2011. The city will levy $10,331,826 in property taxes. The reduction means the city's portion of taxes will go down for most residents. Owners of a median value home will go down by $35. The median value in Rosemount is $201,600. Most of the decline in the levy was caused by the repeal of the State Market Value Homestead Credit program.
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.