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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The Rosemount Fire Department will be a little safer going forward thanks to a donation from CF Industries. The department will purchase four anhydrous ammonia monitors. Fire chief Scott Aker said the substance used in fertilizer is heavily used in the area on farms and gets transported on rail lines and roadways. CF Industries is a fertilizer plant. With that in mind, Aker said the department wanted a way to protect people in case of a leak of the potentially deadly gas.
The first day of Evan Lowe's trip to Ireland wasn't good. He didn't know the land, his phone didn't work and he couldn't get in touch with any of his teachers. "Everything was scary at first," said Lowe, of his trip to Dublin to compete in the World Irish Dance Championship April 14 to April 25. After breakfast the second day, Lowe, 15, told his mom, Patti Spencer, that he just wanted to go back to the room to sleep. She refused.
Five years ago Dakota County started the Simple Steps, a free walking program to encourage people to be more physically active. The program has grown every year, and organizers hope this year will draw even more people out. Community health specialist Katherine Martin said the county hopes to get 1,500 people to participate in this year's free program. Simple Steps encourages participants to walk for fun and fitness. "We found that a majority of the population doesn't get enough physical activity," said Martin.
Stephanie Smith knows how intimidating it can be to seek therapy. She also knows the impact it can have on people's lives "The relationship between patient and therapist can be very powerful," said Smith. Smith, a marriage and family therapist, has started Rosemount Mental Health in hopes of helping people in the community. The Rosemount resident provides confidential therapy services for individuals, couples and families. "I like the idea of providing therapy in the community where I live," she said.
It may seem alarming to run across a coyote while on a walk in downtown Rosemount. But the wild canines are in Rosemount and generally pose no danger to residents. Police chief Gary Kalstabakken said police officers have reported seeing coyotes near the train tracks near downtown. "You will see them in town," said Kalstabakken. But Kalstabakken said coyotes "are generally not an issue." According the Minnesota DNR coyotes can be found anywhere in Minnesota including busy urban areas. In the Twin Cities area, coyote populations are rising. Coyotes are wild members of the dog family.
Three people were injured when the second story deck they were standing on pulled away from a Claret Avenue home and fell Easter Sunday. Fire and police responded to the incident on the 15500 block of Claret Ave. shortly before 4 p.m. Police chief Gary Kalstabakken said one of the people involved broke an ankle and the other two were bruised, but the injuries were not life threatening. According to Dakota County records the house is owned by Ed Finneseth and Jill Jauman. Jauman has been identified as one of the people on the deck when it collapsed.
Dr. Travis Scott has lived in the Rosemount area since 2007. In the back of his mind, Scott always thought he'd want to open his own chiropractic clinic in town, but he needed to get experience before he struck out on his own. This past spring, after more than five years in the field, Scott decided it was time to do his own thing. On April 4, he opened Scott Chiropractic Clinic in Celtic Crossing shopping center.
The first Friends of the Robert Trail Library book sale was a smash hit. The three-day sale drew hundreds of people to the library, raised more than $3,000 and doubled the group's membership. "It exceeded all our expectations. We had an excellent result," said Jo Gilbertson, FORT president. Going into the event, which was held April 14 through 16, Gilbertson had no idea what to expect. "I would have been happy if we would have raised $1,000," Gilbertson said. The sale, which will help FORT support the library, is the first major fundraiser for the group.
Getting the Rosemount Park and Ride on the schedule for construction in 2011 was a long shot in the first place, but some recent finds have made the accelerated schedule impossible The Minnesota Valley Transit Authority had hoped to push up federal funding for the project up to this year; however, soil contamination and compliance with National Historic Preservation laws has killed that plan.
The city of Rosemount held an economic development forum last week in hopes of educating people on all the initiatives the city has going on and asking what more can be done. Whether that completely came across is debatable, but port authority chair Jeff Weisensel said he felt the meeting was positive. The 90-minute meeting included members of the planning commission, port authority, city council and people from the community. Weisensel said he felt there was a good range of people representing different interests in the community.