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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About this series: This is the final installment of a three part series on the UMore Park project the University of Minnesota has started on 5,000 acres. Check out the other two stories online at www.rosemounttownpages.com . The development of UMore Park into a sustainable, futuristic community looks good on paper. Leaders at the university are now responsible for making the project a reality. While lots of little things will go into the historic project, two big objectives lead the whole effort. The university wants to establish a master plan community that will be sustainable.
The Rosemount City Council will convene for a regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at city hall. During the meeting the council will hold public hearings on liquor license applications for Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar, Café Raisa and Irish Liquors. After receiving comment from the public the council will vote on each application. Furthermore the council will consider approval of a conditional use permit for Cedarwood Church. The church bought property at 12139 Biscayne Ave. earlier this year and hopes to make its home in a building on the property.
Joanne Cope gives service to God any way she can. If she gets to spend some time with friends and have a few giggles while doing it, all the better. Cope is one of more than 40 volunteers who toiled hundreds of hours this week to put together the Rosemount United Methodist Church fall garage sale, which started Sept. 15 and runs through the Sept. 17. The money raised through the sale supports the church. It's a big job putting the massive garage sale together but a dedicated group of members gladly does it.
About this story: The University of Minnesota has big plans for 1,600 acres that straddle Rosemount and Empire Township, and those plans have led to a lot of questions. The Rosemount Town Pages will do a three part series on the project and some of the issues that are coming out of it. The first story focused on the environmental assessment and cleanup of the former gunpowder plant that sat on the property. This story will discuss concerns the city and residents have with the mining in the area.
The last two years have been transformative for Sara Johnson. She's become a small business owner and single mother. There's no doubt the owner of Hope and Healing Massage has been through some ups and downs, but now that she's come out on the other end she's in a good place. Hope and Healing Massage, which opened in June of 2009, is thriving. Rosemount's newest massage therapy business recently moved into a new, bigger location in the Waterford Commons building. Additionally she has added a chiropractor to her staff and is looking to add a couple more therapists.
Brig. Gen. David Elicerio has been named the new commander of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division. The 34th is based in Rosemount. Elicerio takes over from Maj. Gen. Richard Nash, who was named Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard last month. "I am humbled. The Red Bulls have a long and proud history and I couldn't be more honored to lead the fine men and women of this organization," said Elicerio in a press release. Elicerio has been a member of the Minnesota National Guard since 1980.
Later this month, Ali Fletcher will leave Rosemount to join the Capuchin Sisters of Nazareth. The trip to Tunkhannock, Penn., will mark the beginning of a new chapter in Fletcher's quest to live the life God wants for her. Getting to this point has been no small task for the Rosemount resident. It took the 20-year-old a while to realize what God's plan for her was. And then it took a little help from some friends to make it all come together. To join the community, Fletcher has to be debt free.
Times are tough, and more than ever people looking for employment need as much help as they can get. The Dakota Workforce Center has recognized that and is trying to reach out to people where they live. The center will sponsor four classes at the Robert Trail Library to help residents get one up on the competition. The classes focus on topics important for anyone looking for work, said Jill Pittelkow, program director for the Dakota County Workforce Center.
Rosemount's share of residents' property will go down for the second year in a row. The city council approved the city's preliminary budget Tuesday night and for many it means good news. The approved preliminary budget reduces the tax burden by $64 for a resident in a median value home. The reduction is in addition to the $77 decrease adopted for 2010. The estimated median home value for Rosemount is $212,000. Each year, the city council must approve a preliminary budget and tax levy by Sept. 15.
About this series: The University of Minnesota has big plans for 1,600 acres that straddle Rosemount and Empire Township. And while the UMore Park plans look good on paper, now that things are moving forward a lot more questions have to be asked. Several forums held in August answered some questions but also created more as the university moves forward. The Rosemount Town Pages will do a three part series on the project and some of the issues that are coming out of it.