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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Dave Schroeder, the first president of what would become, Dakota County Technical College, died Oct. 15. Schroeder served as the first director of the school. He started in 1970 when it was known as the Dakota County Area Vocational Technical Institute. He took the helm three years before the main campus was built on County Road 42 according to a press release from DCTC. When he started the school had 50 students. By the time the doors of campus opened in 1973 enrollment had reached 700.
As people strolled through the checkout line at the Robert Trail Library book sale this past spring, John Loch took note of how many people were purchasing books regarding history. Turns out, quite a few people have an interest in the past. So Loch, the vice president of the Rosemount Area Historical Society, thought it would be great to start a history book club at the library. He brought it up to library staff and they thought it would be a good thing, too. "I think it's a good marriage.
Another homecoming week has come and gone again at Rosemount High School. This year's festivities included dress-up days, a bonfire, all-school coronation, a mini-golf tournament, a pep fest, and of course the game and dance. The only events I usually participate in are the pep fest and the big football game, but it seems like every year, more and more events are added to the homecoming agenda. Students only have so much time in one week to participate in their normal activities, so adding several homecoming activities on top of those can be a challenge.
Every Tuesday the Rosemount Lions Club sets up on the north side of Celt's Pub to offer Bingo. For those who play, it's a night of fun. But for the community it means a whole lot more. The money the club raises through its weekly Bingo supports a number of community organizations and events.
Zachary Lathrop might have been celebrating his birthday a day early. He might have been out for just a couple of drinks, like he told police. Whatever the case, the 26-year-old now faces two felony charges of driving while impaired. Rosemount police stopped Lathrop at around 1:44 a.m. Oct. 2 after a police officer watched him weave over the centerline several times over the course of a block and a half. According to a complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney's office Lathrop told the officer he was coming from a local bar and that he'd had a couple of drinks.
On October 8, 1871 the city of Chicago went up in flames. Two days later rain fell killing the fire and revealing the devastation left behind. More than 250 people died, 100,000 people were left homeless and $200 million worth of property was destroyed, according to the National Fire Prevention Association. "It was a defining moment in U.S. history for fire education and prevention," said Rosemount Fire Education coordinator Andy Norsten. This week, the entire country commemorates the event with Fire Prevention Week. The Rosemount Fire Department will hold an open house from 11 a.m.
The Federal Communications Commission has mandated emergency radio systems be switched to narrow band radio equipment. That includes the outdoor warning sirens used to alert residents to severe weather. Dakota County is currently working to meet the requirement and sometime this fall it will be Rosemount's turn. The FCC is requiring that all emergency and business industrial radios cease using 25 kHz efficiency technology, and begin operating using at least 12.5 kHz efficiency technology by Jan. 1, 2013.
Loram Maintenance of Way plays an important role in ensuring the railways across the United States remain safe. Now Dakota County Technical College will play an important role in training their staff. Over the next two years DCTC will work with Loram to create a customized program to train the company's employees.
Since February, nothing has felt normal for Lori Wilfahrt, and she'll admit sometimes she feels like shutting down. But the Gold Star mother has a fight on her hands. Her son, Corporal Andrew Wilfahrt, 31, who served active duty in the Army, died in February while deployed in Afghanistan. He was killed by an improvised explosive device. Andrew, who was gay, made the ultimate sacrifice defending the U.S. Constitution as well as the Minnesota Constitution, and his parents want to make sure all people retain their rights under those documents.
Yesterday a Dakota County judge heard opening arguments regarding the sanity of Jonas Gerald Grice, who is accused of shooting killing Anthony Hartman last year at a Rosemount car wash. Arguments continued today and will through the end fo the week. Judge Karen Asphaug will determine whether Grice knew what he was doing was wrong during the July 12, 2010 incident said Dakota County attorney's office spokeswoman Monica Jensen. Asphaug's decision will affect the sentencing in the case. Grice, 28, of Burnsville, pleaded guilty to second-degree intentional murder on Oct. 7.