Kara Hildreth / contributor
The Rosemount City Council has approved a 10-year Capital Improvement Plan that spans until 2027. The council approved and adopted the CIP at its Dec. 5 regular meeting. The work was presented by Rosemount Finance Director Jeff May and Logan Martin, city administrator. As part of the annual budgeting process, the city staff completed a thorough review and update on the city's 10-year CIP. It includes three major areas of streets, equipment and buildings and facilities.
Craeg Nolan was busy constructing piggy banks in his Rosemount garage and his intentions were to share the banks with youngsters this Christmas. Nolan, 74, built wooden piggy banks for all 13 grandchildren. Then he decided to share his woodworking talent with children getting better or fighting for their lives at Children's Hospital. His goal was to build 50 piggy banks to donate. Nolan died Sunday, Dec. 3, from pancreatic cancer, which took his life quickly.
Farmington Yellow Ribbon Network volunteers delivered cookie baskets to military families Sunday afternoon during the 10th-annual Cookie Walk Exchange.
The city of Rosemount is organizing its first Home and Business Expo for next spring. Organizers aim to attract home-based businesses run by local entrepreneurs and local storefront and service-related industry businesses. The Rosemount 2018 Home and Business Expo will be Saturday, March 3, in the gym at Rosemount Community Center. Admission is free. The city believes the expo format will give small businesses additional exposure and a chance to meet and mingle with local residents.
Rosemount High Marching Band had a sea of support as it shined in the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade. "It felt really good to represent Rosemount on the national level and we had a sea of gold to support us," marching band drum major Caleb Maeda said "We have wonderful students that were so eager to travel and so excited to perform and the trip overall was just incredible," added Bojan Hoover, one of four band directors.
Entrepreneur Scott Hughes believes a quote from former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter: "There may be people who have more talent than you but there's no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do." "This is one of my favorite quotes in life because I think to get the returns in life, you have to put in the work," Hughes said.
Celebrating old and new traditions will be a big part of Dazzle Day in Farmington. Josh Solinger, president of Farmington Business Association, looks forward to seeing the community show up for Dazzle Day on Saturday, Dec. 2. Solinger reminded the public to mark their calendars so they can celebrate as neighbors and as a community during the holiday season. Last year, the Farmington tradition of Dazzle Day was canceled because the group needed to rethink how it wanted to celebrate. The trees downtown that were lit up and decorated were not looking healthy.
If you are a Rosemount resident, do you have an idea for a neighborhood park, a commercial development or do you think a stop sign should be installed at a particular intersection in town? The city wants to hear your feedback. The city recently launched a new interactive citizen comment map that can be found at www.ci.rosemount.mn.us/transparency .
Veteran Reid Erickson can live with more independence because of the care, nurture and skills of his service dog Milton. Milton has gained a reputation of "melting hearts" when people meet the sweet golden retriever. Erickson, 36, retired from the military in August 2014. He experienced a traumatic brain injury when he broke his neck after being near an explosion in Afghanistan. Today he lives 100 percent disabled and experiences frequent blackouts.
Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen has been sworn in as the 31st adjutant general of the Minnesota National Guard. Gov. Mark Dayton administered Jensen's oath of office during a formal ceremony Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Minnesota National Guard Armory in St. Paul. Back in August, the governor appointed a committee that ended up selecting Jensen as a finalist. As the leader of Minnesota National Guard, Jensen will be in charge of more than 13,000 soldiers and airmen who live and work throughout the state.