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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Jonas Gerald Grice, 27, of Burnsville, was charged today with second-degree murder in connection with the Monday evening shooting death of Anthony Hartman at a Rosemount car wash. Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom said a grand jury will be convened in the near future to review the case and consider first degree murder charges. Accompanied by his parents, Grice turned himself into police early Wednesday morning after a day and half manhunt for the killer. Grice shot Hartman after a brief altercation at the Car Spa Car Wash on West Canada Avenue.
Motorists driving down Highway 3 may have noticed the sidewalk in front of the Loch-Blake building being torn up late last week. Crews took up a portion of sidewalk to access a damaged sewer service line last week on the Northeast corner of the 145th Street and Robert Trail intersection. While he's not sure how the line was damaged, city engineer and public works director Andy Brotzler said it likely happened when crews were putting up the new stop lights at the intersection as part of the Highway 3 reconstruction project. The line has been repaired and most of the sidewalk replaced.
When people use the CAP Agency's transitional housing program they usually have nothing. No table to eat off of, no pot to cook food in, no utensils to eat with. To help, the CAP Agency has started to take donations for home furnishings and other items that will help make an apartment a home. CAP employee Carol Gruff started the informal program. She saw a need and started asking around for donations.
Senseless and meaningless are the words Rosemount Police chief Gary Kalstabakken used to describe the death of Anthony Hartman Monday night at a Rosemount car wash. An obviously tired Kalstabakken said 24 hours into the investigation police are optimistic about finding the man who killed Hartman in cold blood. He said they have received some promising tips and are hoping more will come in. Hartman was killed after a brief altercation at the Car Spa Car Wash on West Canada Avenue. Kalstabakken said Hartman was a passenger in a friend's car.
A young man was shot and killed early Monday night at the Car Spa Car Wash. Police responded to the incident shortly after 6 p.m. According to information from the city, officers found a 22-year-old male dead at the scene. The victim, whose name was not released, was from Apple Valley. Witnesses reported seeing a suspect leave the scene in a 1997 to 2000 gold or tan Mercury Sable. The suspect is described as a light-skinned black male, 25-30 years old and possibly 6'3" or taller. Detectives are interviewing witnesses to determine the events leading up to the shooting.
For years Neil and Tamara Ristow have noticed a need for Christian childcare in Rosemount. To meet that need the church plans to start offering full-time childcare in September. "We noticed the inconvenience to the parent of our preschoolers and there seems to be a need in the community," said Neil Ristow, the pastor at Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Rosemount. That need has become more apparent as the church has planned to make the transition.
The Rosemount Family Resource Center needs food for its food shelf. Increased use has depleted the center's supply and they are running low on everything. Center coordinator Shira Rabinowicz said food shelf usage has gone up 85 percent in the last year.
As they sat around a large table coloring, the 15 or so kids, attending Friendship Club at the Rosemount Family Center chatted about what vacations they had coming up. Each chimed in with where they were going and what they planned to see. The conversation then turned to what games they would play next.
Kari Mitchell produces a charity event, so she knows how difficult it can be to get people involved to raise money for good causes. That's why when she learned about Team World Vision she signed on. Through athletic endeavors, participants with Team World Vision raise money to provide clean drinking water for people in impoverished communities.
Last year the community came out in spades to help Taco John's survive a rough patch. Now better off, the restaurant is doing something to help out the community. The Rosemount Taco Johns was one of 10 restaurants to receive a $2,000 grant from Pepsi to help their community. Rosemount was picked from 438 stores that submitted applications on behalf of their community.