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 Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce will host a candidate forum from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 27 at city hall. The first hour of the forum will focus on the city council races. Two seats on the council are up for election, along with the mayor position. Chamber president Ruthe Batulis said the candidates will be given some time at the beginning to give a brief introduction of themselves. Then a moderator will ask candidates a number of business related questions.
Some Rosemount playground equipment that has seen better days will get refurbished and enjoy a second life in Haiti. The playground equipment at the Family Resource Center will be removed in early October to make way for new equipment. An organization called Kids Around the World will remove the equipment at their cost and then refurbish it. The company will then put it up in Haiti. Parks director Dan Schultz said donating the equipment is a win-win situation.
Rosemount community leaders wanted to come up with a way to connect the community through a common effort. After a number of suggestions, the group, which meets once a month, decided a citywide reading effort would do the trick. One Book One Rosemount will start Oct. 1 and run through the rest of the month. Highlighted by various community events, the effort aims to support reading while drawing the people of Rosemount together in a common project. Robert Trail Library manager Jamie Jurgensen said other Minnesota communities have done similar projects and had success.
About this series: This is the final installment of a three part series on the UMore Park project the University of Minnesota has started on 5,000 acres. Check out the other two stories online at www.rosemounttownpages.com . The development of UMore Park into a sustainable, futuristic community looks good on paper. Leaders at the university are now responsible for making the project a reality. While lots of little things will go into the historic project, two big objectives lead the whole effort. The university wants to establish a master plan community that will be sustainable.
The Rosemount City Council will convene for a regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at city hall. During the meeting the council will hold public hearings on liquor license applications for Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar, Café Raisa and Irish Liquors. After receiving comment from the public the council will vote on each application. Furthermore the council will consider approval of a conditional use permit for Cedarwood Church. The church bought property at 12139 Biscayne Ave. earlier this year and hopes to make its home in a building on the property.
Joanne Cope gives service to God any way she can. If she gets to spend some time with friends and have a few giggles while doing it, all the better. Cope is one of more than 40 volunteers who toiled hundreds of hours this week to put together the Rosemount United Methodist Church fall garage sale, which started Sept. 15 and runs through the Sept. 17. The money raised through the sale supports the church. It's a big job putting the massive garage sale together but a dedicated group of members gladly does it.
About this story: The University of Minnesota has big plans for 1,600 acres that straddle Rosemount and Empire Township, and those plans have led to a lot of questions. The Rosemount Town Pages will do a three part series on the project and some of the issues that are coming out of it. The first story focused on the environmental assessment and cleanup of the former gunpowder plant that sat on the property. This story will discuss concerns the city and residents have with the mining in the area.
The last two years have been transformative for Sara Johnson. She's become a small business owner and single mother. There's no doubt the owner of Hope and Healing Massage has been through some ups and downs, but now that she's come out on the other end she's in a good place. Hope and Healing Massage, which opened in June of 2009, is thriving. Rosemount's newest massage therapy business recently moved into a new, bigger location in the Waterford Commons building. Additionally she has added a chiropractor to her staff and is looking to add a couple more therapists.
Brig. Gen. David Elicerio has been named the new commander of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division. The 34th is based in Rosemount. Elicerio takes over from Maj. Gen. Richard Nash, who was named Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard last month. "I am humbled. The Red Bulls have a long and proud history and I couldn't be more honored to lead the fine men and women of this organization," said Elicerio in a press release. Elicerio has been a member of the Minnesota National Guard since 1980.
Later this month, Ali Fletcher will leave Rosemount to join the Capuchin Sisters of Nazareth. The trip to Tunkhannock, Penn., will mark the beginning of a new chapter in Fletcher's quest to live the life God wants for her. Getting to this point has been no small task for the Rosemount resident. It took the 20-year-old a while to realize what God's plan for her was. And then it took a little help from some friends to make it all come together. To join the community, Fletcher has to be debt free.