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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The One Book One Rosemount project has been recognized as an innovative project by the Local Government Innovation Awards. The Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs announced the winners March 4. The Local Government Innovation Awards recognize cities, schools and counties for using innovation to improve services. The Humphrey Institute partners with the Association of Minnesota Counties, the League of Minnesota Cities and the Minnesota School Board Association to conduct the awards. Parks and recreation director Dan Schultz, who submitted the project, said it's nice to be recognized.
Sherman Perrault worked in the engineering field for more than 25 years. Then the economy took a dive and finding work in the field got a lot harder. So he decided to make a big career change. He's opening a tattoo and piercing shop in Rosemount. The two worlds seem like oil and water but for Perrault the change makes sense. At the end of March Perrault plans to open All Out Ink Tattoo and Piercing at 15084 Claret Ave. "I got to make a living somehow and I like tattoos, I have tattoos and it seems like the thing to do," said Perrault. Perrault isn't a tattoo artist or piercer.
The Rosemount State of the City address will be a little different this year. The event, in which mayor Bill Droste talks to residents about the city's affairs, will be sponsored by the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Rosemount Rotary Club. With the Rotary club's involvement, chamber president Ruthe Batulis said the chamber decided to make some additional changes to fit the club's schedule. The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m March 25 at the Steeple Center. "We wanted to offer the event to the broader community.
Daniel Olson is a 17 year-old Farmington High School student. He's a good student, who has a passion for German and history. He's also autistic. As a little boy doctors told Daniel's parents he may not ever speak. The family didn't accept that and have worked tirelessly with Daniel to defy that prognosis. "He's worked so hard to get where he's at," said his mom, Peggy Olson. The family's hard work has paid off. Daniel is in mainstream classes at Farmington High School. He lettered in marching and concert band. And his dad says he's an exceptional artist.
The city of Rosemount wants residents to use its network of trails and facilities for more than recreation. They want residents to use it as way to transport themselves while conducting business in town. In an effort to promote bicycling as a form of transportation, the city will provide bike racks to businesses and organizations at a reduced cost. A $10,500 grant from the Statewide Health Improvement Program will fund the city's portion of the cost, said city planner Jason Lindahl. The program is a goal set out in the city's bicycle and pedestrian plan.
Paul Kern started his career in construction doing drywall when he was 17. More than two decades later he's still in the business, but he has branched out. "I've done everything," said Kern of his career. The owner of Paul Kern Construction LLC, Kern runs his business out of his Rosemount home. While he does a wide variety of home improvement projects, Kern specializes in kitchen and bath remodeling. He especially likes bath remodels. "I've done a thousand bathrooms. Bathrooms are the most rewarding," said Kern. Kern has owned his construction business for more than 10 years.
Apparently, young people were in a more law-abiding mood last year in Rosemount. According to the Dakota County Attorney's office the number of charges filed against juveniles in Rosemount fell by 40 percent from 2009 to 2010, from 125 to 75. That number mirrors a downward trend countywide.
The University of Minnesota dedicated 27 acres of land to the city of Rosemount Feb. 12 as a future recreation hub for the city. The land, which abuts Dakota County Technical College, will be used to build ball fields for youth sports in Rosemount. Rosemount has been working with the university for several years on the project. Two years ago the university hired a consultant to create a concept plan for the parcel and now that plan will start to take shape. The land, which is off of Akron Avenue, will be acquired by the city through a parks pre-dedication agreement.
While we got a sneak peak at spring earlier this month, old man winter showed he's still the man in charge. More than 14 inches of snow fell on Rosemount Sunday and Monday. Police chief Gary Kalstabakken said between noon Sunday and 3 p.m Monday police responded to eight weather related accidents.
When the city of Rosemount decided to drop its live web streaming of meetings last year, it also decided to try a cheaper video service for the meetings it posts afterward. So far the service, called Vimeo, has worked well and is saving the city thousands of dollars said communications director Alan Cox. The city cut its live web-streaming of city council and planning commission meetings as a way to trim its budget.