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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Organizers of One Book One Rosemount are pretty happy with the way the month long reading event panned out. While it didn't go perfectly, librarian Jamie Jurgensen said it went well enough. "We had a lot of participation and people seemed to really enjoy it," said Jurgensen. "We are very encouraged." Throughout the month of October the library gave away more than 250 copies of A Long Way from Chicago, the book chosen for the event.
Mandy Mulder isn't like most people. She doesn't just want to help people. She wants to personally experience their plight. Mulder's passion for helping people will lead her on a three-month odyssey across America next spring. But Mulder won't see any tourist sights. She will spend her time on the road caring for the poor, hungry and destitute. The 22-year-old Rosemount woman plans to document the whole thing on video and then share her findings with the world. The idea of the trip and subsequent documentary is to bring awareness to poverty in the United States.
Schwarz Pond Park will get a facelift later this year thanks to an agreement the city has signed with SKB Environmental. On Monday night the council approved improvement plans to the area around the pond. The updated plan calls for the creation of one new wetland area, a rainwater garden, native landscaping, a fishing/observation pier and the addition of a trail near the wetland and a trail connecting the Schwarz Pond Park parking lot to an area just north of the Rosemount High School baseball field.
A petition for child protection has been filed in Dakota County Court to take four children from a Rosemount man. The Department of Social Services filed the petition last week after Khari Jerome Tillman was charged with child endangerment and neglect. Tillman was charged after videos were found on the Internet of him teaching his 15-year-old nephew how to smoke marijuana. The petition, which was filed Oct. 27, says the children, who range in age from 15 to 4 years-old, are in need of protection because they are without proper parental care.
Rosemount is a pretty walkable community, but as any local trekker knows there are some gaps. Just try getting across South Robert Trail at 5 p.m. On Monday the council approved a plan that aims to close those gaps, albeit years down the road. Community development director Kim Lindquist said the city's Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan will serve as a framework for the future.
Apparently voters in the State Senate District 37 didn't think Michael Germain (DFL) was the change needed. Voters overwhelmingly chose to keep incumbent Chris Gerlach (R) as their voice in the state senate. According to unofficial results on the Dakota County website Gerlach received 20,622 votes to Germain's 13,984. "This is a pretty critical time period with the economy the way it is and the budget deficit.
Challenger Kurt Bills (R) took the House 37B seat from incumbent Phillip Sterner (DFL). Apparently voters think that the economics teacher from Rosemount High School can bring some important lessons to the capitol. According to Dakota County's unofficial results Bills received 10,910 votes to Sterner's 7,844. Sterner has served in the house for two years. "All our hard work paid off," said Bills, surrounded by the dozens of volunteers who hit the pavement in support of him.
Current mayor William Droste easily won back the mayoral seat receiving 4,451 votes to challenger Kurt Hansen's 3,538 according to the Minnesota Secretary of State's website. Droste has served the city as mayor since 2002. This is the second time Droste has beat Hansen for the seat. He beat Hansen for reelection in 2006. "I'm humbled that voters voted the way they did. It's been an honor to serve Rosemount for the last eight years and I will keep doing good things for Rosemount," said Droste.
During city administrator Dwight Johnson's performance evaluation a few weeks ago Mark DeBettignies joked that his review would be election night. Well by a thin margin it appears voters chose to keep DeBettignies around. DeBettignies barely beat challenger Tim Judy for the second open seat on the city council.
When Jean Graham set out to move her business, Quilter's Haven, she knew she wanted a big, open space. Now settled into the corner shop at Waterford Commons, that's just what she's got. "I love the windows," said Graham, looking out at South Robert Trail. While just a few blocks down from her former location Graham said the new space fits her needs much better. "It's more open and convenient," said Graham. Graham had been looking for a better fit for her shop for a while.