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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The Highway 3 construction project is nearly complete. The new traffic signal at the 145th Street intersection should go on today, marking the end of the two-month project. The project, which started in early May, was a cooperative effort between the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the city of Rosemount. MnDOT's portion of the project resulted in six miles of new pavement from the Highway 149 in Inver Grove Heights to County Road 42 in Rosemount. It also included pedestrian accessibility improvements. It's been 10 years since the state resurfaced the road.
The holiday weekend is upon us and included in all the fun and revelry of the weekend are some dangers. Rosemount public safety workers urge residents to take some caution this weekend as they celebrate Independence Day. Fireworks are fun for adults and kids alike but can cause serious injuries if not used properly said fire chief Scott Aker. Improper use of fireworks can cause burns or even death. To stay safe, Aker recommends residents light devices from the ground in open outdoor areas.
John Hallquist and Gregg Poindexter met while taking a computer repair class at Rosemount High School. The two both had a lifelong interest in computers and out of the class a friendship grew. Now out of their friendship and common bond a business is blossoming. The two 24-year-old Rosemount residents have pooled their resources and talents for fixing computers to start Magma PC. "We do computer repairs and custom PC builds," said Hallquist of their business. The repairs include any software or hardware issues that come up with a computer.
While summertime is usually filled with fun, lets face it: there are times when boredom sets in. The Rosemount Parks and Recreation Department wants to help kids with that so it's offering its Kids Corner program. The program, which provides free adult-supervised activities, is held in the city's neighborhood parks. For kids like Parker Trana, 10, it's nice because he can just walk over. The 10-year-old lives a block from Jaycee Park.
The St. Paul Farmer's Market has started up in Rosemount again. Every Tuesday throughout the summer the market will open in the Rosemount Community Center parking lot, bursting with fresh produce. During the market's first week sellers had fresh-picked strawberries, lettuce, radishes, a variety of fresh herbs and more. And that's just the beginning said Jack Gerten, market manager. Gerten said the weekly market will supply fresh seasonal produce to Rosemount residents.
For Kurt Gundacker it's not a matter of if his cancer will return, it's a matter of when. That's just the way melanoma works, explained Gundacker on a sunny Saturday afternoon. It's scary for the 66 year-old Rosemount resident, but it's the nature of the disease he has been battling for the last seven years. Gundacker, the 2010 Rosemount Relay for Life chair, started his battle with skin cancer in 2003. He had a sore on his foot. He knew he needed to get it checked out but put it off.
Paul Eggen wants Rosemount residents to think about shopping locally. He's not asking folks not to shop at big box retailers. He just wants them to shop at local stores they don't want to see leave. As chair of the Rosemount Area Business Council he's investigating ways for the council to promote that idea communitywide. One strategy they've found is called the 3/50 Project. The project asks consumers to think of three independent businesses in their community they would miss if they were to close down and to spend $50 per month at each.
The Dakota Communications Center executive committee has recommended Diane Lind be named the interim executive director for the center. The board of directors will vote June 17 on whether to approve the recommendation. A few delays have pushed back the decision on a new executive director for the center until mid-July. Current executive director Kent Therkelsen's last day is June 30, so the board has to pick an interim director. Therkelsen said Lind, who is the center's operations director, is in the best position to take over in the interim after his departure.
Abby Anderson liked doing the library's summer reading program because it made reading matter. The 16-year-old would have read anyway - it's her favorite hobby - but the program rewarded her for it. Now as a volunteer with the program she's trying to encourage younger kids to get signed up to reap their own rewards.
When Trent Eigner opened The Pond, his miniature ice rink on County Road 42, he hoped to bring a restaurant into the location next to the ice arena. For some time Rich Thompson, the owner of Fireside Pizza in Richfield, has wanted to open a restaurant south of the river. Last winter their plans merged and Fireside Restaurant was created. After months of planning and construction the hockey themed restaurant opened June 11. "It went great," said assistant general manager Lauren Vail. Aptly named, Fireside features a large brick fireplace in the middle of the chalet-styled restaurant.