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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.