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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Since February, nothing has felt normal for Lori Wilfahrt, and she'll admit sometimes she feels like shutting down. But the Gold Star mother has a fight on her hands. Her son, Corporal Andrew Wilfahrt, 31, who served active duty in the Army, died in February while deployed in Afghanistan. He was killed by an improvised explosive device. Andrew, who was gay, made the ultimate sacrifice defending the U.S. Constitution as well as the Minnesota Constitution, and his parents want to make sure all people retain their rights under those documents.
Yesterday a Dakota County judge heard opening arguments regarding the sanity of Jonas Gerald Grice, who is accused of shooting killing Anthony Hartman last year at a Rosemount car wash. Arguments continued today and will through the end fo the week. Judge Karen Asphaug will determine whether Grice knew what he was doing was wrong during the July 12, 2010 incident said Dakota County attorney's office spokeswoman Monica Jensen. Asphaug's decision will affect the sentencing in the case. Grice, 28, of Burnsville, pleaded guilty to second-degree intentional murder on Oct. 7.
Alex Awada grew up around the restaurant business. Making and selling good food is just part of who he is. And Awada will admit he loves going into work each day. In late September Awada opened his second restaurant in Rosemount, Giuseppe's Pasta Al Forno. The restaurant is name after Awada's son and means Joseph's Oven in Italian. The take-out restaurant serves authentic Italian pasta dishes. Awada said he fills his food with the tastes of Italy passed down to him from his mother and grandmother. He uses fresh picked ingredients and makes each dish to order.
Lucas John Gilbert was born at Regina Medical Center in Hastings on Sept. 12, 2011, to Brianne Paulson and John Gilbert of Inver Grove Heights. Lucas weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces and was 21 ¼ inches long. His grandparents are Donald and Cathy Paulson of Hastings and Bob and Ollie Gilbert of Inver Grove Heights. Great grandparents are Donald and Lorna Paulson of Hastings and Carol and Rob Biscoe of Cottage Grove.
For Sister Mary Louise McKenna giving is just part of her nature. She's done it all her life. That's why she started St. Martin's Way four years ago. While things have been sporadic for the non-profit that provides vehicles to families in need, McKenna said it's been satisfying venture. "I hear so many sad stories. It gives me a feeling of satisfaction helping people," said McKenna. To help continue the efforts, St. Martin's Way will host a fundraiser 8 to midnight Oct. 15 at the Rosemount American Legion, 14590 Burma Ave. The fundraiser will feature the band Flashback.
Sometimes while hustling through life, it's hard to take time to connect to a spouse. But pastor Bill Goodwin believes for a marriage to work it's important to work on wedded bliss as a couple. That's why Lighthouse Christian Church has decided to offer the Marriage Course. The six week course offers couples the chance to connect and strengthen their marriage in a non-threatening atmosphere. "(Lighthouse) has always been passionate about strengthening relationships.
A new business is one step closer to opening in Rosemount. On Sept. 27 the planning commission approved a planned unit development for Feed Products Inc. The company plans to open a facility on part of the former Continental Nitrogen Resources property. Feed Products plans to build a fertilizer storage facility on 25 acres it purchased. Plans include construction of a large dome on the property to hold fertilizer. According to a staff memo to the planning commission the proposed dome location is within the 300 feet setback required in the Heavy Industrial Zone.
While the lizards and the fish didn't mind the Holy Water, some of the cats in attendance looked a little perplexed when they got sprinkled during the St. Joseph Church Blessing of the Animals Oct. 1. The weather was perfect for the outdoor gathering and everyone there seemed to have a good time. "We were so excited and what a beautiful day," said Bridget Samson, parish life coordinator. The event drew all sorts of animals and their owners. Included in the mix were fish, cats, plenty of dogs, cows, horses, crickets and a rooster named Thor. A number of groups came out.
Rosemount is one step closer to having a new senior living facility. On Tuesday the city council chose Development Representation Associates, to move forward on a senior housing project adjacent to the Steeple Center. Now the city will have to negotiate the terms with the group to move forward on the project. DRA indicated they would like to begin construction sometime in 2012. The team from DRA includes Ebenezer Management Services, a part of Fairview Health Services and DSGW Architects of North St.
When Michelle Scheuerlein bought Rosemount Floral 15 years ago, she hoped it was a good decision. Looking back, she's sure it was. Scheuerlein bought the downtown mainstay Oct. 1, 1996. She had recently moved back from California and had taken a job there. Several months after getting the job she ended up co-owning the shop and eventually bought it outright. "I enjoy the work and it keeps me busy," said Scheuerlein. While constantly busy, Scheuerlein said likes owning her own business and hopes to be open until she retires.