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 disaster strikes, many people respond by acting. Unfortunately, who those people are and what those people are capable of doing used to be unknown until it was too late. That's why the Medical Reserve Corps of Dakota County started. The program, which is manned by volunteers, brings together health care professionals and others to support local public health workers during emergencies. The need for that kind of support became clear after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 said coordinator Dori Makundi.
The Emerald Ash Borer hasn't been found in Rosemount yet. But city staff isn't taking any chances. Currently the city's parks department is in the process of putting together a management plan to deal with the insect. Emerald Ash borer is a small, wood-boring insect that kills Ash trees in large numbers. Parks supervisor Tom Schuster said the larvae of the insect kill trees by feeding on the cambium layer between the bark and the wood creating galleries that eventually girdle and kill the tree. The insect was first found in St. Paul in May 2009 and has spread.
Life has thrown some wrenches at Cory Franzmeier the past few years. Personal and professional struggles have taken a toll, but Franzmeier is a fighter. As part of that fight, Franzmeier has decided to pursue a dream to become a chef and start his own business. Franzmeier started Gourmet Solutions this past spring. The company offers event catering and personal chef services. While he works full time at the University of Minnesota as a chef, Franzmeier hopes his future will be in Gourmet Solutions. Currently the business specializes in box lunches and deli trays for events.
On May 25, 1961, the Rosemount Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9433 started in a little schoolhouse off of Highway 3. Fifty men signed the charter and by doing so pledged to continue serving their community through the organization while also finding companionship with others who knew where they had been and done what they had done. The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is a nonprofit veterans' service organization composed of combat veterans and those who currently serve on active duty or in the Guard and Reserves.
Julieana Avila knows she has someone in her corner. And that support has helped the Rosemount High School senior work towards a bright future in cosmetology. That cheerleader is Erin Edlund, her Rotary STRIVE mentor. "(It was) amazing to be nothing but someone's cheerleader," said Edlund of being a STRIVE mentor. Avila and four others were recognized May 13 for completing the STRIVE program, which is sponsored by the Rosemount Rotary Club. STRIVE is an acronym for Students Taking Renewed Interest in the Value of Education.
The University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will hold a public meeting tonight concerning the investigation of pollution on 3,500 acres of the UMore property. During the meeting the university will shares details of its Remedial Investigation Work Plan, which will determine the level of contamination on the property and what the risk is to human health and the environment. The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. May 19 at the Rosemount Community Center. A presentation will be given at 6:30 p.m.
When Chris Harder was first asked to announce the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in 1993 it was a small event. Just a few thousand people walked or ran the 5K and raised money for breast cancer research and awareness. Over the years, Harder has kept announcing the annual Mother's Day event and watched it blossom into the grand event it's become. This year more than 50,000 people walked or ran the 5K at the Mall of America. While his contribution isn't huge, Harder said he enjoys being part the event. "It's just a good event.
Leprechaun Days is still a few months away, but that doesn't mean you can't start getting excited for the annual summer event. The Leprechaun Days committee announced last week that Pop Rocks and the Johnny Holm Band will rock faces off the second weekend of the 10-day festival. "It should be a really fun weekend," said Laura Briggs, Leprechaun Days committee president. Pop Rocks will perform at 7 p.m. July 29. The high-energy band hails from Minneapolis.
Ryan McGunnigle has been inundated the last few weeks with questions. The biggest one focuses on when Las Tortillas, his new restaurant, is going to open. The answer is May 18. Las Tortillas, 15051 Crestone Ave., will offer fresh made Mexican fare. Executive chef Ricardo Carmona used old family recipes to create a menu of old favorites and unique dishes to please just about anyone.
The Rosemount Port Authority held a public meeting in April to get ideas for economic development. The commission got a lot of feedback, and now it has to take that feedback and turn it into something valuable. The port authority started that process on May 3. During that meeting chair Jeff Weisensel gave the seven members on the board some homework. He asked them to come up with a vision they'd like to see the commission achieve.