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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When the city of Rosemount sent out information this spring that it had a grant program to place bike racks around town, it didn't take long for organizations to jump at the opportunity. This past week the city installed nine new bike racks. The racks will provide 94 parking spaces for bikes. And while some don't think that will be enough it's a good start said city planner Jason Lindahl. The racks were placed at five locations that had applied to receive one including the American Legion Post 65, the Church of St.
For more than 40 years Romeo Maldonado has lived in the United States. He has worked hard and made a good life for himself and his family. But next month the native Guatemalan plans to return to his impoverished homeland to give back. For the last 27 years Maldonado has worked at Flint Hills Refinery and served on the refinery fire department. He will retire Aug. 25. But instead of spending his retirement playing golf or fishing Maldonado will train firefighters in San Lucas Toliman. "They have a lot of needs and my intent is to bring my knowledge back," said Maldonado.
Mayor Bill Droste never really planned to be in a racecar. But when a chance came out of the blue to strap into one and help local food shelves, he couldn't say no. Droste will race other Dakota County mayors as part of the Race for Hunger Mayor's Cup Sept. 9 at Raceway Park in Shakopee. The intent of the race is to raise money and awareness for area food shelves. Organizer Denny Barlau said the current economy has led to unprecedented food shelf use. Organizations are struggling to keep people fed.
UMore projects and where they are at: Overall project The University of Minnesota Outreach, Research and Education (UMore) Park is the university's 5,000-acre property that straddles the border of Rosemount and Empire Township. The university's vision is to build a sustainable community of 20,000 to 30,000 people over 25- to 30 years.
A few years ago, while at a leadership conference with his youth group, Josh Corbett wrote down a dream he wanted to accomplish. That dream was to put the songs he'd been writing for years onto a CD to share with others. Corbett, who has been the youth pastor at Rosemount United Methodist Church for six years, then shared his dream with the others at the conference. After that, Corbett felt like he had to lead by example and make it happen.
Holden Mitchell has watched for the last few years as his step-mom, Kari Mitchell, put together the Hartford ReMax Results Breast Cancer Ride. He's even helped with the event. After this year's event the Rosemount Middle School student decided he wanted to do something to help people, too. He came up with the idea to do a charity carwash. But he didn't know who to help. He asked his step-mom and Kari suggested the Rosemount Family Resource Center. She explained to Holden that the emergency food shelf provides food to people who can't afford it in the community.
On Monday, the halls of Dakota County Technical College will once again be brimming with students as the fall semester starts. And as that day grow closer the staff at DCTC is getting ready for a new school year. Dean of students Greg McCalley said student enrollment is looking healthy for the 2011-12 school year.
Summertime is rough for food shelves. So 360 Communities has gladly accepted two grants this summer to help it keeps its five food shelves full. Earlier this month Minnesota FoodShare announced that it would give 360 Communities $7,335.70 for its food shelves. Minnesota Foodshare raised $800,000 and collected food during a March campaign. The campaign raises more than half the food distributed annually through food shelves across the state. The non-profit divided the money raised and sent it out to food shelves.
It's hard enough planning a city budget, but when the rules change on you a month before a preliminary budget is due, things just get that much harder.