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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In the Book of Acts, God commands that people witness his message to the ends of the earth. To fulfill that call, a few days after this paper comes out Neil and Tamara Ristow will board a plane headed to Africa. Their mission will be to meet some very basic needs for some very poor people. And they will spread God's message of love and forgiveness. The couple will represent Lutheran Church of Our Savior, where Neil is a pastor and Tamara runs education programming. For the first two weeks of their monthlong journey, they will fit people in Tanzania with eyeglasses.
An unoccupied house on 151st Street suffered significant damage the night of July 12 after it was hit by lightning. The lightning strike started the house, 4102 151st St. on fire said fire chief Scott Aker. A neighbor called the incident into the fire department at 11:54 p.m. Aker said the fire caused major damage to the four bedroom house. The house is for sale and Aker said a buyer was supposed to close on it soon. Aker said lightning related fires aren't common but do happen. "We respond to about one a year," said Aker.
When Scott Goodlund builds a deck, he wants it to be perfect. When other people look at it,he wants them to say, "Wow." With that goal in mind, the Rosemount resident has started Decks Plus More. The business specializes in building decks and patios, but Goodlund said he provides any wood construction. Goodlund has been in the construction industry for years. He has done everything from roofing to foundation work to building homes.
While a budget didn't get passed, plenty of other things did during the 2011 Legislative Session. Here is a list of several of the laws that went into effect July 1, according to the Minnesota House of Representatives information services. Synthetic marijuana has been banned. It is a gross misdemeanor to sell synthetic marijuana or to possess it. The drug has a number of names including K2 or Spice. A new law requires repeat DWI offender and first time offenders whose alcohol concentration is at least double the legal limit to use an ignition interlock device to drive in Minnesota.
Sara Aker loves Harry Potter, so a few years ago the Rosemount Parks and Recreation Department employee suggested the city host a Harry Potter camp. Turns out there are a lot Harry Potter fans in Rosemount. The camp, which will be held for the fourth time, has been one of the department's most popular camps. This year it will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. July 18 through July 21 at Central Park. With the last movie in the series coming out on July 15, the camp will revolve around the final book, Deathly Hallows.
When the Dakota County Gun Club held its first shooting event for kids five years ago, three people showed up. Two were the grandchildren of one of the event's planners. The third had never shot a gun before. But that third kid became a regular. He attended just about every youth shooting event the club held until he got too old to participate. Eventually, plenty of other young shooters joined him. These days the gun club's twice-monthly summer youth shoots draw 100 or more kids who want to try their hands at shooting rifles, shotguns and bows.
It's not an easy time to find a job right now. So if your job is finding work for 450 people, well lets just say you're fighting an uphill battle. But for MRCI Worksource vice president of Metro Programs Bill Schwartz it's a battle worth fighting. MRCI is a private non-profit that provides employment opportunities for people with physical and mental disabilities.
It's hard to imagine anything could be considered worse than the horrors of war. But for Erik Parkard watching his newborn son, Ronan, fight for his life trumped what he experienced during two tours in Iraq. Erik and his wife, Nicole, are the proud parents of 5-year-old Nadira and twin 7-month old boys Ronan and Wolfgang. The twins were born Nov. 15, 2010 via emergency c-section because doctors determined that Wolfgang was in distress. Wolfgang came out first, crying. Ronan came second. There were no cries.
Joe Funk is a college student who's studying business. Looking for a way to put some money in his pocket and gain some business experience, he took a job with Priceless Patios. He's gotten far more out of the experience than he thought he would. "I think it's been a really good learning experience. I get to work with customers, crews and the marketing," said Funk, a sales manager with the Rosemount-based company. The company got its start in April 2010 and specializes in affordable outdoor living spaces including paver patios, fireplaces, bars and built-in grills.
It's said pictures are worth a thousand words. The Rosemount Area Arts Council is looking for photos that tell stories about Rosemount and its people. The second annual RAAC photo contest will accept submissions through July 14. "We want the people of Rosemount to submit their pictures," said contest organizer Heidi Gustafson-Green. There is no charge to take part in the contest and anyone can participate. Photos from all seasons of the year can be submitted.