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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Trudging through the world that is higher education can be overwhelming at first. There are so many things to consider, including getting accepted, class schedules and financial aid. That's why Dakota County Technical College is holding a seminar to help. The Veterans Higher Educational Seminar will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. June 16 at DCTC. The seminar is open to anyone in the community wondering about higher education but is geared towards veterans and military personnel looking to take advantage of their benefits.
Underneath the University of Minnesota's UMore property lies 170 million tons of sand and gravel.
Sasha Mercedes has been writing songs since she was 12 years old. Over the years she's written songs about love, cities, finding a penny and more. She also has performed with a variety of bands including bluegrass, punk and rock. To say the least, she's got a lot of experience. Mercedes is going to share that experience with teens from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 16 at the Robert Trail Library. During a songwriting workshop Mercedes will share some stories about songs she's written and then she will help teens write their own songs. "I will show them how simple it is," said Mercedes.
Throughout the summer Rosemount United Methodist Church will host Wednesday evening services in an effort to provide a time to worship during the week. "We know people go away over the weekend during the summer, so we wanted to provide an opportunity for people to come and worship during the week," said Natalie Olsen, the worship arts director at RUMC. The services won't be your run of the mill church events though. Olsen said weather permitting the church will hold the services outside around the campfire. The Campfire Services will start at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.
When Shawn McMenomy looks back at his career as a police officer he want to know that he gave it his best effort and did something positive. As he starts with the Rosemount Police Department the 25-year-old Hastings native said he plans to serve the department with that goal in mind. "I like the idea of helping people and helping better the quality of the community," said McMenomy of why he went into the field. McMenomy knows first had the impact police can have in a community. His father served on the Hasting Police Department for 30 years.
Dakota County Technical College will deliver layoff notices to more than 100 employees tomorrow in anticipation of a possible state government shut down July 1. The layoffs will become effective July 1. Human resources director Susan Raddatz said the notices will go out to people in all departments of the college. More layoff notices are possible as the July 1 deadline for a budget agreement nears. Communications director Erin Edlund said they are optimistic Gov.
The Rosemount City Council voted 4-1 Tuesday night to ban in-home tattoo and body piercing businesses. Matt Kearney was the dissenting vote. Kearney argued that the city should not limit legal business within its borders. "That sets a bit of a bad precedent for me," said Kearney. Council member Kim Shoe-Corrigan disagreed with his assessment. "Whether we like to do it or not we have to make these policy decisions," said Shoe-Corrigan. The issue came to the council because city staff had recommended a text amendment to an ordinance that would ban the practice as an in-home business.
Lighthouse Christian Church has experienced some neat things lately. Through prayer, the church has seen some of its members find healing through God. Pastor Bill Goodwin said prayers have helped parishioners sleep better, and get over other ills. "On Sundays we have been experiencing some beautiful touches by the Lord," Goodwin said. The church wants to expand on that, so it has asked pastor Henry Nsubuga to host a three-day healing conference. The aim is to pray for the sick and hurting and to let God do his will.
A year ago a ruling by the Minnesota Supreme Court made it pretty much impossible for a city to grant a variance to a landowner. The decision meant residents who wanted to deviate from the city's building ordinances would be turned down regardless of the situation. The ruling limited city government's ability to be flexible. In May, the Minnesota Legislature reworded a state statute to make it less strict. City planner Eric Zweber said the revised statute is a good thing for the city and homeowners. "It allows local government to determine if a variance is warranted," said Zweber.
Rosemount Elementary School students got to play cribbage with seniors from the Rivers Assisted Living Center Students at Rosemount Elementary School got to entertain some on May 27. Deb Taylor's fifth grade class hosted seniors from the Rivers Assisted Living Center for some games of cribbage. The students have been learning cribbage for the last month or so. At the Rivers a group plays cribbage once a week. Taylor thought it might be neat for the kids and seniors to play together, so she arranged to have a dozen or so seniors transported to RES.