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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October 24 Criminal damage, fourth degree, value $1 to $500, 5600 block of 142 St. E. Criminal damage, fourth degree, value $1 to $500, 15500 block of Danbury Ave. Harassment, 2800 block of Upper 138 St. W Driving after suspension, 1400 block of 145 St. E. Medical, mental health, 3400 block of Couchtown Path Civil, 5600 block of 142 St. E. Accident, motor vehicle damage, Connemara Trail and Shannon Parkway Domestic disturbance, 3200 block of 137 St. W. October 25 Possession of drug paraphernalia, 3300 block of 142 St.
A little more than a year ago Nic Stevens released his first CD, Willow Run. He wasn't sure if people would like it, but it was a dream he needed to live out. People did like the music, though. And sales of the first CD brought in enough money to make a second. Stevens' sophomore effort, To Keep Love Alive, will be released Nov. 19.
The Rosemount City Council approved a feasibility report Tuesday for the city's 2012 street improvement project.
The Rosemount Area Girls Scouts will host a craft fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 12 at Red Pine Elementary School. And while the event is a fundraiser for Girls Scouts, it's also a whole lot more. "It's really a chance for the girls to learn to make and create a product and then sell it," said Girl Scout spokesperson Amanda Grayson. "It's the chance to run a small business." More than 16 troops from the Rosemount area will participate. Each troop will create a different craft to sell.
Judge Karen Asphaug rejected the defense that Jonas Grice could not distinguish between right and wrong when he shot Anthony Hartman in a Rosemount car wash in July 2010. Asphaug handed down the ruling Oct. 26. That means 28-year-old Grice faces up to 40 years in prison for the murder. A two-day sentencing hearing will be held Jan. 4 and 5.
It's hard to believe the economic crisis in Greece could affect Rosemount directly but it did. On Tuesday the council approved bids for a bond to construct roads and utilities for Pestwick 2nd and 3rd additions. Springsted representative Terri Heaton said because of the wild market fluctuations Tuesday due to Greece deciding to hold a referendum on a bailout package, the interest rates for the bond came back lower than what Springsted analysts had originally anticipated. Springsted opened bids for the project Tuesday morning. The city council approved the low bid from United Bankers Bank.
Randy Buendorf thought that there must be a way to better connect with his neighbors. He thought a website would be a good idea, but had no experience in creating one. And then his 12-year-old son encouraged him to take on the task and offered to help. The result is www.neighborconnects.com . Buendorf and his wife, Karen, started out recruiting five of their neighbors to sign up in April 2010. Now 42 households in his neighborhood have registered with the site. The success of the site has actually inspired other neighborhoods to connect as well. The website divides neighborhoods into zones.
Amy Jants has experienced the power of House of Hope. The program, which helps teens overcome destructive behaviors, helped her daughter through a tumultuous time. Jants appreciates what the program did for her family and now she wants to make it available to other Twin Cities families. That's why she has joined in the effort to get a house established in the Twin Cities. "We have a lot of teenagers in the Twin Cities that could benefit from House of Hope," said Jants. House of Hope is a national organization that started in Orlando, Fla.
The Dakota Communications Center will do a mass notification call Nov. 1. Before that, officials want residents to be aware that they can sign up to be notified in the case of emergencies in the area. The DCC operates the Emergency Alert System. The system allows the DCC to notify people of emergencies such as gas leaks, pandemics, floods, nuclear situations and other disasters, said DCC operations director Cheryl Pritzlaff. The Nov. 1 call will be a test of the system. Pritzlaff said the center changed vendors and wants to make sure things are working properly.
The University of Minnesota turned on its new research wind turbine Tuesday with a ceremony at the UMore Park site. Hundreds of people turned out for the event. The Eolos Wind Energy Research Consortium is an industry-academic consortium led by project director Fotis Sotiropoulos.