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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The days are getting longer but the cold still lingers, making it hard to get out and have some fun. The Rosemount Parks and Recreation Department hopes to offer at least a little break from the winter doldrums Feb. 18. The Family Fun Festival will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Rosemount Community Center. The annual event will include entertainment from the Alpha Bits, carnival games, jumpers and more, said the parks department's Tina Schwantes. There will be open ice skating from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
While most Rosemount residents are snuggled in their beds, there is a group of dedicated individuals lunging, squatting and crunching their way to better health. Up exercising at 5 a.m., the group is part of Thad's Bootcamp class at Northwest Martial Arts in Rosemount. Led by Thad Caron, a kind but firm personal trainer, the class aims to make people stronger and fitter. While there is some whining here and there, the students seem to respond well to Caron's urging.
Anyone who's been single on Valentine's Day knows it can be a bummer. So this year instead of offering a couple's event Community of Hope Church decided to do a funny event. The church will host Love, Laughter and Dessert from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Feb. 12. The event will feature Bob Stromberg from Triple Espresso and musician Jesse Matthews from Cedar Avenue. While the event will be held in the church, pastor Jason Miller said it won't be an expressly Christian event. "We just want it to be a great time to have some clean fun," said Miller.
Sometimes two heads are better than one. Or in the case of making local government more efficient, a bunch of ideas is better than none. The High Performance Partnerships group, which was responsible for getting the Dakota Communications Center built, has set forth to get communities in Dakota County cooperating again. "The DCC was a home run," said HiPP co-chair Peter Herlofksy, the city administrator in Farmington. "This time out we need to look at getting singles and doubles." HiPP began in 2003 to identify opportunities for Dakota County and its largest cities to work together.
Two Rosemount businesses failed compliance checks in December. On Dec. 15 the Rosemount Police Department conducted checks for all businesses in the city that hold liquor licenses except the Rich Valley golf course. Employees at Rosemount Liquor and Wine Cellar and Pizza Hut sold alcohol to an underage purchaser. The violation at Rosemount Liquor was the first under the current ownership. The store, which has a troubled past of failed compliance checks, was bought in March by David Landgrebe.
After high school, Molly Lego moved to Arizona. She stayed there for nine years until her husband's job brought her back to Minnesota. It's been a rough winter to move back, but the opportunity to open a hair salon has warmed things up. Lego recently opened Salon 104 in the Waterford Commons building in downtown Rosemount.
This snowy winter has led to several changes for the city of Rosemount. Last week the city announced it would stop removing snow along two trails - one along the north side of County Road 42 between Diamond Path and South Robert Trail; and one along the North side of County Road 46 between Diamond Path and Biscayne Avenue. Public works director Andy Brotzler said the suspended removal came as a matter of practicality.
After 18 months of administering it, Rosemount city staff are bringing the city's sign ordinance back to the planning commission for a few touch ups. While in general the ordinance is functioning well, planner Jason Lindahl said staff have identified a few ways to make it better. "It's good to look at the process and see how it's working," said Lindahl. "We think we found some ways (to improve it)." Staff recommended seven changes to the sign ordinance. The most significant of the changes are creating distinct sign standards for the Public Institutional district.
While there were some high profile crimes in Rosemount that got everyone's attention last year, crime was actually down in 2010. "We had a good year as far as reducing crime," said police chief Gary Kalstabakken. Kalstabakken said the crimes that most affect residents such as thefts and burglaries were at a 10-year low and incidents of vandalism were down as well. While crime was low, there were several high profile incidents. In July, Anthony Hartman, 22, was murdered at the Car Spa car wash in Rosemount.
Since July, Diane Lind has served as the interim executive director of the Dakota Communications Center. The time has served as a sort of audition for the permanent role and last week the center's board of directors decided Lind had the chops to be the star of the show. "It's been a long process but I'm looking forward to working with the board of directors, executive committee and the operations committee," said Lind. "This gives me the opportunity to impact 911 in a positive manner." The decision to appoint Lind as the permanent head was made Jan. 20.