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 American Legion will honor three public safety workers during its 91st birthday celebration Saturday night. Police officer Ryan Coughlin, firefighter Scott Engelmann and dispatcher Rachel Hernandez will all receive recognition for their exemplary efforts in their respective fields over the year. Each person was chosen by his or her individual departments. The evening will begin at 5 p.m. with a social hour. Dinner, the awards program and dancing will follow.
Dakota County Technical College will not receive state money to make upgrades to the campus due to line item vetoes Governor Tim Pawlenty made to the state's bonding bill. The governor cut several million dollars from the proposed $1 billion bill including $6.8 million for upgrades to DCTC. "It's too bad. I wanted some new lights and brights and garage doors," said dean of transportation and technology Mike Opp. "It's tough." Included in the bill were plans to remodel 118,000 sq. ft of the college's transportation and technology section.
Over the next several weeks the Rosemount Town Pages will take a look at some of the city's bills. The goal is to see what the city spends its money on and why. Last week we took a look at some expenses related to a computer upgrade project the city had done. This week we will look at the city's cleaning bill. The city pays $3,756 a month to have all of the city's buildings cleaned, except for the Rosemount Community Center. That number includes cleaning services in city hall, the public works building and both fire stations.
To promote family reading the Robert Trail Library will host a special kids- parent book club over spring break. The group, which will be led by librarian Kathy Kleckner, will meet from 3 to 4 p.m. March 26. The idea behind the club is that kids and parents could read the chosen book over spring break and then meet to talk about it that Friday. Kleckner took votes to choose which book the club would read. Stone Fox by John Reynold Gardiner received the most votes.
The Rosemount City Council will convene for a regularly scheduled meeting at 7:30 p.m. March 16 night at city hall. On this week's agenda are the following: the council will vote on whether to approve the 2010 goals. Additionally the council will vote to reappoint fire chief Scott Aker. Council members will also will vote to appoint or reappoint members to the city's advisory commissions. After the regular meeting the council will meet for a special work session. During the work session the council will discuss improvements to the former St.
David and Robert Susterick do almost everything together. But when it came to completing their Eagle Scout projects the 15-year-old twin brothers had to separate. The two completed their individual projects last spring. And while they supported each other by helping when they could, it was up to each of them individually to complete their projects. The story of how the brothers received Boy Scouts' highest honor is much like their life in general. They accomplished it at the same time but had to do it on their own. The Rosemount High School sophomores joined Boy Scouts in 2007.
The Rosemount Relay for Life committee will have its team captain kick off meeting at 6:30 p.m. March 18 in the back room at Carbone's Pizza. The meeting will provide information for people interested in having a team in the 2010 Rosemount Relay for Life event. At the meeting teams can register for the relay, pick up a team packet, learn about fundraising ideas and enter for the chance to win several door prizes. In addition, chair Nancy Kelly said they will celebrate the American Cancer Society's mission to provide more birthdays by having a party.
Life has sprung up in the commercial part of the Waterford Commons building and after eight months of being open the once controversial downtown development seems to be finding its place in town. Over the last few weeks three businesses have opened in the 13,000 sq. ft. of commercial space available in the building. VA Loans and Petushin Martial Arts both opened March 1. FTTH Communications has also taken over space in the building. "We are pretty happy with the way things are going," said Wally Johnson, president of Stonebridge Companies, which built the development.
Over the next several weeks the Rosemount Town Pages will take a look at some of the city's bills. The goal is to get a better idea where the city spends its money and why. This week we chose to take a closer look at a check that went out to Computer Integration Tech for $7,699.57 and learned a lot. The payment to the company went to pay for several different things, said city finance director Jeff May. Two of the invoices associated with the payment were pieces of a much larger project. The city spent $4,937 to purchase two server procurve switches and $2,262 on server backup tape.
The competition was fierce. The contestants were die-hard. And at the end of it all more than 300 people had full bellies and area charities benefited. For the ninth year in a row the Rosemount United Methodist Church held its chili cook-off and a big crowd turned out for the spicy event. Thirty-four contestants competed Sunday to see whose chili was supreme. The overall winners of the competition were Kevin and Avery Huyck. The father-daughter duo won the judges over with a pork tomatillo chili.