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 University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will hold a public meeting tonight concerning the investigation of pollution on 3,500 acres of the UMore property. During the meeting the university will shares details of its Remedial Investigation Work Plan, which will determine the level of contamination on the property and what the risk is to human health and the environment. The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. May 19 at the Rosemount Community Center. A presentation will be given at 6:30 p.m.
Ryan McGunnigle has been inundated the last few weeks with questions. The biggest one focuses on when Las Tortillas, his new restaurant, is going to open. The answer is May 18. Las Tortillas, 15051 Crestone Ave., will offer fresh made Mexican fare. Executive chef Ricardo Carmona used old family recipes to create a menu of old favorites and unique dishes to please just about anyone.
Leprechaun Days is still a few months away, but that doesn't mean you can't start getting excited for the annual summer event. The Leprechaun Days committee announced last week that Pop Rocks and the Johnny Holm Band will rock faces off the second weekend of the 10-day festival. "It should be a really fun weekend," said Laura Briggs, Leprechaun Days committee president. Pop Rocks will perform at 7 p.m. July 29. The high-energy band hails from Minneapolis.
When Chris Harder was first asked to announce the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in 1993 it was a small event. Just a few thousand people walked or ran the 5K and raised money for breast cancer research and awareness. Over the years, Harder has kept announcing the annual Mother's Day event and watched it blossom into the grand event it's become. This year more than 50,000 people walked or ran the 5K at the Mall of America. While his contribution isn't huge, Harder said he enjoys being part the event. "It's just a good event.
Rich Carlson called the upcoming sale of his business a positive for his customers. Last week, Titan Machinery announced it would acquire both locations of Carlson Tractors and Equipment. "Titan Machinery covers parts of eight states. Being part of Titan will give us pretty broad backup and give our customer access to a lot more equipment and parts.
The Rosemount Port Authority held a public meeting in April to get ideas for economic development. The commission got a lot of feedback, and now it has to take that feedback and turn it into something valuable. The port authority started that process on May 3. During that meeting chair Jeff Weisensel gave the seven members on the board some homework. He asked them to come up with a vision they'd like to see the commission achieve.
The Rosemount Planning Commission had a busy meeting April 26. The commission held seven public hearings. No one from the community provided input on any of the items. Six of the items were approved. The lone rejected item was a text amendment that would prohibit tattoo parlors as a home occupation. The Rosemount City Council will review the recommendation to reject the text amendment and several other items at its May 17 meeting. Following is a list of actions take by the planning commission: The planning commission recommended a Comprehensive Plan amendment requested by U.S.
Five years ago Dakota County started the Simple Steps, a free walking program to encourage people to be more physically active. The program has grown every year, and organizers hope this year will draw even more people out. Community health specialist Katherine Martin said the county hopes to get 1,500 people to participate in this year's free program. Simple Steps encourages participants to walk for fun and fitness. "We found that a majority of the population doesn't get enough physical activity," said Martin.
The first day of Evan Lowe's trip to Ireland wasn't good. He didn't know the land, his phone didn't work and he couldn't get in touch with any of his teachers. "Everything was scary at first," said Lowe, of his trip to Dublin to compete in the World Irish Dance Championship April 14 to April 25. After breakfast the second day, Lowe, 15, told his mom, Patti Spencer, that he just wanted to go back to the room to sleep. She refused.
The Rosemount Fire Department will be a little safer going forward thanks to a donation from CF Industries. The department will purchase four anhydrous ammonia monitors. Fire chief Scott Aker said the substance used in fertilizer is heavily used in the area on farms and gets transported on rail lines and roadways. CF Industries is a fertilizer plant. With that in mind, Aker said the department wanted a way to protect people in case of a leak of the potentially deadly gas.