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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It's been a busy winter for Schwarz Pond Park. The area North of Rosemount High School has gotten a bit of a facelift. Over the winter SKB Environmental added a new wetland, graded in a new trail near the pond and did some cleanup around the area, said parks and recreation director Dan Schultz. As the weather continues to improve the company will continue working in the area as it adds native landscaping, a fishing pier and a formal trail from the Schwarz Pond Park parking lot to the varsity baseball located just down the hill field.
Maintaining fiscal discipline and promoting growth are two of the Rosemount City Council's goals for the year ahead. The city council approved its goals for 2011-2012 at Tuesday's regular meeting. After appointing Matt Kearney to the council in February the council met for several lengthy goal-setting sessions. Then Kearney, with the help of city staff put together the goals statement that was approved Tuesday night. The city's specific goals are as follows: create policies to encourage growth and jobs in the community; redevelop the remainder of the old St.
The city of Rosemount had a lot of good candidates apply for open commission positions. The council didn't want to turn anyone away, so they decided to add a few spots. On Tuesday night the city council approved an ordinance that expands the city's planning commission from five members to seven. City administrator Dwight Johnson said the change was recommended for several reasons.
It's become popular to live a more Earth friendly life and the Recycling Association of Minnesota wants residents to consider reusing rainwater and composting to enhance that lifestyle. Both activities are easy and help preserve the planet while possibly saving residents money. RAM is currently taking orders for rain barrels and compost bins for cost.
A key element of the University of Minnesota's UMore Park project is creating a sustainable community. Project planners hope information gathered in an April 7 public forum will help them better define what that means. The vision for UMore Park is for a sustainable, modern, University-founded community of 20,000 to 30,000 people developed over 25 to 30 years. The public forum will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 7 at the Rosemount Community Center.
Rosemount is in good shape, said mayor Bill Droste during his annual State of the City address given March 25 at the Steeple Center. While no doubt the city has faced some challenges over the past year, Droste said good planning and hard work helped the city weather it well. "Ours is a growing community, well-positioned for the future," Droste said. "It's the mission of the Rosemount City Council to take advantage of those strengths and to address as best we can, with the resources that are available, the areas that need improvement." Not all was positive, though.
The Rosemount MRCI WorkSource Center will hold an open house from 3 to 5:30 p.m. April 5. Program manager Julie Beckmann said during the open house the center, which provides employment opportunities for the disabled, will showcase changes it's made recently. The Rosemount location has added several in-house opportunities for its clients. "We just want to fill people in on the changes we've made," said Beckmann. During the open house attendees can tour the center's living skills, communication and sensory program rooms, and check out our newly formatted production area.
Joshua Swenson took his oath of office as Rosemount's newest police officer and then gave his 3-year-old daughter a high five on March 15. That brief moment gave a window into Swenson's life. The 28-year-old loves his family and he loves being a police officer. "It's an exciting job. There's something different every day," said Swenson of police work. Swenson started with the Rosemount Police Department Feb. 28. He will work as a patrol officer. Police chief Gary Kalstabakken said Swenson is hard-working and will be a good addition to the department.
Last spring. Teresa Paetznick was working with U-Pull-R-Parts manager Keith Olson on a work project, when she casually mentioned that the business should do something to help the Rosemount Family Resource Center. The suggestion got the wheels turning in Olson's head, and as she was heading out to the parking lot, he made a suggestion.
Anyone who has lived in or around Rosemount long knows the city has grown. It didn't take a fancy cCensus to figure that out. But knowing just how big Rosemount is proves helpful. The 2010 U. S. Census results released late last week counted 21,874 people in Rosemount.