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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Over the weekend Rosemount residents might notice a large number of uniformed soldiers around town. The soldiers, who are all part of the 34th Infantry Division, will be in town for their one year reintegration event. While it's been closer to a year and four months since the soldiers came home, the National Guard wants to make sure they are adjusting to life back home, said Sgt. Melanie Nelson. Through the Yellow Ribbon program, soldiers go through reintegration programs at 30, 60 and 90 days and then again at a year.
Romana Murphy wanted to teach her kids that they don't have to be paid to help out. So the mother of four signed her family up to adopt a Rosemount park. Once a month they head out to Claret Park, located behind Cub Foods, and pick up garbage. Then they stick around and play at the playground. It's not time consuming, said Murphy, and it teaches a valuable lesson. "It teaches our kids about responsibility," said Murphy. The Rosemount Adopt -a-Park program gives volunteers the opportunity to help keep Rosemount's parks clean and attractive.
The Rosemount Area Arts Council is small, but in its short lifespan the group has accomplished quite a bit - a film festival, bluegrass festival, photo contest and author visits at the Robert Trail Library. RAAC members would like to see more arts-related events come to Rosemount, but the small group has its hands full. So they decided to create a grant that could help others hosts arts related events. This year RAAC will give out five $100 grants to persons or organizations interested in hosting an arts event. The event can be just about anything arts related.
Liz Carlson loves the idea of helping people from birth to old age. That's why the Rosemount resident applied to be on the board of directors for Scott Carver Dakota CAP Agency. It gave her the opportunity to help everybody. In June the board approved the appointment of five new members including Carlson. Carlson will serve on the board for three years. Terms run from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30. Communications specialist Marlys Huismann said the terms are staggered so there are constantly new members coming in and going out. The board member serve as volunteers.
A familiar sound during the summer months is the tune of the ice cream man. His little truck goes up and down the streets during those hot summer days and is usually followed by a children with money in hand. During this hot spell children sit on the steps in anticipation of the familiar tune. We celebrate National Ice Cream Month during July. Over 98 percent of United States homes consume ice cream.
The members of the Ugandan Orphans Choir burst with energy when they're on stage. The children, who range in age from 8 to 14, put their all into each performance because they know it can help other children in impoverished countries have a brighter future. The choir, which is made up of five boys and five girls, is in the midst of its annual United States tour. For six weeks or so they are in Minnesota. During that time they stop in Rosemount twice. They had a performance at Lighthouse Christian Church July 13 and will perform July 20 at Rosemount United Methodist Church.
Getting through 30 books in 30 minutes isn't easy but it's a fun time if you're with the Splatter Sisters. The trio, who hail from Roseville, will bring their show to the Robert Trail Library at 10:30 a.m. July 19. Their show, titled 30 Books in 30 Minutes, is a fun way to introduce kids to an assortment of books said Mary Beth Hess, a Splatter Sister and writer of the show. "It's basically just a lot of fun," she said. Hess thought of the idea a few years back and has been working on it for a while.
Lisa and Joel Martin have two young children. They also had three thriving hair businesses - Cahill Salon in Rosemount, The Man Cave in Farmington and Cahill Barber Parlor in Burnsville. The combination spread the couple thin, so they decided to consolidate everything into their Rosemount location. "We just want to simplify our life," said Lisa. To make room for it all they effectively had to gut and remodel their 14555 Robert Trail space. The new space will have room for all their services, said Joel.
If you've been thinking about getting a pet, Amazing Animal Advocates Rescue has some adorable dogs and cats they'd like you to see and an opportunity for you to see them. On Saturday Amazing Animal Advocates Rescue and Fluegel's Farm, Garden and Pet will team up to hold an adoption event at Fluegel's, 14700 Robert Tr. The goal is to get some good animals into homes where they will be loved and cared for. Amazing Animal Advocates founder Laura Cloose said they have lots of kittens, dogs and puppies available for adoption.
In the Book of Acts, God commands that people witness his message to the ends of the earth. To fulfill that call, a few days after this paper comes out Neil and Tamara Ristow will board a plane headed to Africa. Their mission will be to meet some very basic needs for some very poor people. And they will spread God's message of love and forgiveness. The couple will represent Lutheran Church of Our Savior, where Neil is a pastor and Tamara runs education programming. For the first two weeks of their monthlong journey, they will fit people in Tanzania with eyeglasses.