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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Last week the Rosemount City Council interviewed three developers that had submitted their qualifications to build a senior living facility in downtown Rosemount. All three have experience creating such developments and any would be worthy of the project said mayor Bill Droste. "I am very pleased with all three proposals," said Droste. On Sept.21 the Stonebridge Companies, Development Representation Associates and Winkelman Building Corporation along with various partners shared their visions for the three-acre property on the corner of 143rd Street West and Robert Trail South.
Since World War I, 17 Rosemount High School alumni have given their lives serving in the military. The mother of one of those soldiers, Jill Stephenson, thought the school should honor those men somehow. So she brought the idea up to Principal John Wollersheim. "I wanted to make sure we honor all of the many heroes that have laid their lives down for our freedom," said Stephenson. Stephenson's son Ben Kopp died while serving in the Afghanistan in July 2009. Wollersheim loved the idea and knew just where it should go.
Seminar aims to help parents teach reading Parents play integral role in preparing kids for reading Reading is an integral part of learning and kids start the process of learning to read way before most probably realize. In fact every time infants and toddlers make a sound, sing a song or chew on a book they make strides towards learning to read. The Robert Trail Library will hold a seminar called Every Child Ready to Read from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 15.
Speeding reduces a driver's time to react. And while creeping a few miles above the limit may not seem like a big deal it could be the difference between an accident and a close call. In an effort to remind motorists to slow down, the Rosemount Police Department purchased speed monitors a few years ago to let drivers know how fast they are traveling. The monitors display a vehicle's real time speed as it passes. If the vehicle is speeding it flashes. "The biggest purpose is to help drivers realize if they're going over the limit," said officer John Sommers.
Property owners in School District 196 can sigh some relief as the school share of their taxes will remain about the same. The school board approved its preliminary levy Monday night. "There should be no tax increase in school taxes as a result of this levy," said district finance director Jeff Solomon. The board approved a $ 75.76 million levy limit for 2012. The number is a 3.38 percent or $2.65 million reduction from last year. The preliminary numbers are due to the county by Oct. 7.
As far as Bruce Bentley is concerned, traditional churches aren't reaching many new people. And he wants to change that. Bentley, along with a small group of people, has started City on a Hill Church. The mission of the church is to reach out to people on their own turf. "As we grow, we hope we will be known as a church that doesn't wait for people to come in its doors but seeks to become the church living and active in the lives of our friends outside the doors," said Bentley.
School District 196 announced today that Scott Miller, a senior at Rosemount High School, was named a National Merit Semifinalist. In all 16 students from District 196 were named as finalists. According to a press release, students were selected as National Merit semifinalists based on their scores on the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which they took as juniors. Approximately 1.5 million students in nearly 22,000 U.S.
Last fall the Rosemount Parks and Recreation department started a costume exchange program. It was a huge success, and parks supervisor Lisa Maurer hopes the department can build on it this year. So far the parks and recreation department has collected 90 costumes. Maurer hopes to collect more before the Oct. 7 deadline. The idea is, if you donate a costume, you get one back free of charge. So last year's vampire can be a fairy princess this year. People who donate costumes will be able to choose a different costume during open houses Oct.
Rosemount firefighters could have a raise coming their way. Firefighters currently receive $2 a call. City administrator Dwight Johnson thinks that's a little low and, and he has suggested the Rosemount City Council budget more money to the fire department in 2012. So far, it appears the council has taken Johnson's recommendation. The council has upped the fire department budget $67,000 for 2012.
As a child, Michael Bateson hated to read. His father was a voracious reader, though, and he was determined to pass the practice down to his children. So he made Bateson read an hour a day. And much of what he read were the works of Mark Twain While at the time he despised it, eventually Bateson came to love reading, especially Twain. Today, Bateson is something of an expert on Twain. He performs a one man play about the man's life and work. Bateson will perform at 2 p.m. Sept.