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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Gail Hoffmann knows how hard it can be to have a child with disabilities. She also knows the joys of having a child with disabilities. "There are infinite joys in raising a child with disabilities. I wish I would have known that early on," Hoffmann said. Shortly before his first birthday, Hoffmann's son Eric was diagnosed with Williams Syndrome. Williams Syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that leads to development problems. Since that diagnosis 15 years ago, Hoffmann has had to become an expert on her son and his medical condition.
After working hard and competing at the Dakota County Fair, several young Rosemount residents are headed to the Minnesota State Fair to show off their talents. Their project range from teaching kids to make a paper bird to showing a ewe. Whatever their category, it's clear these kids are good at what they do. While we couldn't feature all the kids from Rosemount who will compete at the state fair we were able to talk with a few. Sara Devitt When Sara Devitt started 4-H five years ago she planned on doing non-livestock events.
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.