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 Rosemount man has been charged with third degree sexual conduct after raping a girl several times in her home. Alfredo Martinez Sosa, 26, faces 15 years in prison for engaging in sexual intercourse with a girl under 16 years old. According to the criminal complaint Rosemount Police officers were called to a home Dec. 5 after the mother of the girl reported that her daughter had been raped by a family friend.
The fifth largest snowstorm in Twin Cities history blanketed Rosemount with more than 17 inches of snow over the weekend and the mess still hasn't been completely cleaned up. The weather forced Rosemount High School to cancel all of its Saturday activities, including a performance of Into the Woods. There will be a makeup performance at 7 p.m. Dec.17. Snow crews were out in full force working to keep streets clear through the weekend and will likely work throughout the week continuing the cleanup effort. All of the city's streets were plowed twice on Saturday and into early Sunday morning.
The members of the Dakota County Technical College Phi Theta Kappa chapter decided they wanted to do a holiday service project that helped people in the area. So the group, which is an international honor society for two-year technical and community college students, adopted four families through Armful of Love. Armful of Love is a holiday program put on by 360 Communities, formerly the Community Action Council, to ensure families in need have a happy holiday.
When Julie Beckmann decided to take part in the Dakota County Leadership Academy, she hoped to build on her leadership skills and gain a networking web.
Two Rosemount restaurants were granted liquor licenses by the city council Tuesday. Café Raisa and TOPS Pizza and Hoagies both received upgraded licenses. Raisa Prokopenko applied for and received a consumption and display permit for her restaurant, Café Raisa, which serves Russian cuisine. The permit allows for customers to bring intoxicating liquor on the premises and the cafe can serve mixers just as juice or pop, said city clerk Amy Domeier. However the permit does not allow for the sale of intoxicating liquors. The café also holds a strong beer and wine license.
The Rosemount City Council approved the final budget and levy for 2011 on Tuesday. After holding a public hearing the council unanimously approved the numbers. Finance director Jeff May said the city's total budget for 2011 is $16,635,444 which includes the city's levies. The total proposed amount the city will tax residents is $10,962,151. Those numbers bring good news to most residents, said May. The budget for 2011 will reduce the city share of taxes by $60 for the owner of median value home. That is in addition to the $77 reduction that passed in 2010.
When Evan Lowe was 3 years old, his mom, Patti Spencer, took him to the Irish Fair at Harriet Island. She wanted to see the Irish dancers. He didn't. Evan lost the argument, and 11 years later he's glad he did. "We went in and then they couldn't get me to leave," said Lowe. From that moment on Lowe, a freshman at Rosemount High School, has lived to dance. He dances everywhere: in the shower, in gym class and at the studio. "Last week I got kicked out of gym class for dancing when we were playing volleyball," Lowe said with a smile.
The person who takes on Kurt Bills' council seat will have a short learning curve. The two years left on the seat is usually what it takes for a new council member to start feeling comfortable. The benefit of time is not on their side. "Whoever it is, is going to have to figure things out fast," said mayor Bill Droste. During their Dec. 7 meeting the council laid out the process to appoint a new member to replace Bills, who will take over in January as State Representative in District 37B.
The Rosemount City Council will convene for a regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at city hall. On the agenda the council has three public hearings including the 2011 Budget and Tax Levy hearing, a liquor license application for Cafe Raisa and a liquor license for Tops Pizza. In addition the council will discuss the procedure to fill a vacancy left by resigning council member Kurt Bills.
December will be a busy month in Rosemount, with several events planned to mark the Christmas season. Here is a list of what is going on around town. Get out and enjoy some homegrown entertainment. A Christmas production The Rosemount United Methodist Church has two events that will celebrate the season in very different but musical ways. On Dec. 11 and 12 the church's worship arts department will put on a production called "Is there room?" Worship arts director Natalie Olsen said the event will include a little bit of everything.