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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A year ago a ruling by the Minnesota Supreme Court made it pretty much impossible for a city to grant a variance to a landowner. The decision meant residents who wanted to deviate from the city's building ordinances would be turned down regardless of the situation. The ruling limited city government's ability to be flexible. In May, the Minnesota Legislature reworded a state statute to make it less strict. City planner Eric Zweber said the revised statute is a good thing for the city and homeowners. "It allows local government to determine if a variance is warranted," said Zweber.
Rosemount Elementary School students got to play cribbage with seniors from the Rivers Assisted Living Center Students at Rosemount Elementary School got to entertain some on May 27. Deb Taylor's fifth grade class hosted seniors from the Rivers Assisted Living Center for some games of cribbage. The students have been learning cribbage for the last month or so. At the Rivers a group plays cribbage once a week. Taylor thought it might be neat for the kids and seniors to play together, so she arranged to have a dozen or so seniors transported to RES.
A few years ago the Rosemount Town Pages ran a story on Reichen Sosinski. While in utero, Reichen suffered a stroke. His parents, Kiera and Drew Sosinski, were told it was a fluke. With that in mind the Sosinski's decided to have a second baby. After getting pregnant with their daughter, who is due in mid-June, Kiera was referred to a high-risk clinic.
Starting something new is never easy. For the members of the Rosemount Youth Commission it's meant doing things like sitting through meetings, writing bylaws, and learning Robert's Rules of Order. But the six members of the commission also want to make sure their legacy includes something that helps the community. So the group is planning a youth rally during Leprechaun Days. The goal is to get Rosemount's youth interested in volunteering and involved in the community. The youth commission started meeting a little over a year ago.
A little bit of rain didn't deter Rosemount residents from honoring those who have sacrificed everything for freedom. A large crowd assembled in Central Park to remember those who have died while serving the United States of America Monday morning. Retired United States Marine Corps Lt. Colonel Bob Stephensen gave a poignant memorial address which had most of the crowd in tears. "This is a celebration of dedication, honor and sacrifice," Stephensen told the crowd. He then asked the crowd not to confuse Memorial Day with other celebrations. "This is not Veteran's Day...
Two years ago Greg Lee had a full shoulder replacement. It was the end of 10 years of turmoil from an old injury. Determined to return to a full, normal life, Lee started working out after his surgery. That's when he met Thad Caron, a personal trainer. Caron was training someone to compete in the Mr. Natural Minnesota body building competition. Lee decided he wanted to be in that sort of shape and asked Caron if he'd help him out. Caron agreed, but only if Lee agreed to compete.
The Rosemount Parks and Recreation Department along with the fire and police departments will hold a safety camp for kids from 8:30 a.m to 3:30 p.m.
Two Rosemount businesses failed alcohol compliance checks Saturday, May 14. Irish Liquors and Rudy's Red Eye Grill both sold to a minor. Police chief Gary Kalstabakken said this is the first compliance failure for both businesses. While the issue will have to go before the city council, generally businesses are fined $500 for a first offense. The Rosemount Police Department conducts compliance checks twice a year. Kalstabakken said 18 businesses were checked. Businesses who fail usually undergo additional compliance checks. Emily Zimmer
When disaster strikes, many people respond by acting. Unfortunately, who those people are and what those people are capable of doing used to be unknown until it was too late. That's why the Medical Reserve Corps of Dakota County started. The program, which is manned by volunteers, brings together health care professionals and others to support local public health workers during emergencies. The need for that kind of support became clear after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 said coordinator Dori Makundi.
The Emerald Ash Borer hasn't been found in Rosemount yet. But city staff isn't taking any chances. Currently the city's parks department is in the process of putting together a management plan to deal with the insect. Emerald Ash borer is a small, wood-boring insect that kills Ash trees in large numbers. Parks supervisor Tom Schuster said the larvae of the insect kill trees by feeding on the cambium layer between the bark and the wood creating galleries that eventually girdle and kill the tree. The insect was first found in St. Paul in May 2009 and has spread.