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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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.
Rosemount has two new photography businesses. Erin Zemanovic Photography and KB Photography have both started up in the past year. Here is a run down on each of the businesses. Erin Zemanovic Photography Two years ago Zemanovic attended the wedding of a friend in Boston.
Despite some pretty frightening weather the Rosemount Relay for Life went well, said chair Nancy Kelly. With severe storms threatening, the event was moved at the 11th hour into the Rosemount Irish Dome. Considering the torrential down pour that occurred during the event, that proved to be a good idea. Kelly said she watched the weather all week leading up to the event. On Friday, when the forecast looked pretty nasty, she made some calls to get the event moved inside. Her first thought was the Rosemount Community Center gymnasium but it was already booked.
The immediate problem appears to be solved, but state investigators are still trying to figure out how rotten organic matter was allowed to cause a stink at Rosemount's Endres Processing. Earlier this month Dakota County ordered Endres to clean up rotten organic matter outside its Rosemount plant. The plant is located on the east side of Rosemount at 13420 Courthouse Blvd. The county's environmental management office conducted an inspection of the plant after receiving a complaint of unpleasant smells at the plant, which turns bakery and food byproducts into animal feed.
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.