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The Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School Board approved a new position last week to work with deaf and hard-of-hearing students. The new captionist types the information said in a classroom so the...
Last week's muddy homecoming football game is having some lasting impacts on activities at Rosemount High School. On Wednesday, the RHS marching band announced it would move Saturday's marching band...
It was never supposed to be a permanent thing when Natalie Schmidgall came to the Rosemount Family Resource Center . Schmidgall came down from 360 Communities’ Burnsville resource center to fill in. She planned to be there only as long as it took to find a permanent replacement for longtime coordinator Shira Rabinowicz, and then she was happy to go back to her regular job. But then Schmidgall met the volunteers at the Rosemount center. And she met the people it serves.
Matt Little’s attempts to win elected office date back to his fifth grade year at Parkview Elementary School. He wanted to be class president, but he had to settle for vice president because, he said, the girls thought “the other candidate was cuter.” Now Little, a Rosemount High School graduate who became the youngest mayor in Lakeville’s history when he was elected in 2013, is entering an election where cuteness will presumably be a much less significant factor. He announced last week he will run for Minnesota Senate as a Democrat in District 58, which includes Farmington.
Rosemount firefighters have some new tools at their disposal that could be useful if your favorite dog or cat ever finds itself in medical distress. The department received a donation this week of six new oxygen masks designed for animals. Firefighters received training Tuesday on how to apply the masks, which came from Invisible Fence Brand, to your furry friends. The new masks are an extension of training Rosemount firefighters received a couple of years ago in how to perform CPR on animals.
From the outside, it’s hard to get a clear picture of what happens at the Dakota Aggregates mine on 160th Street. The operation is tucked away behind a metal gate and high, grassy berms.
For all its scenic trails and creative play areas, Whitetail Woods Regional Park is still very much a work in progress. And like any big project, it needs people willing to put in the work to get it done. That’s where Friends of the Mississippi River comes in. The group is working with the Dakota County Parks Department this year to provide volunteers to tackle projects in the park. On Sept.
Christina Martinez could fly a plane before she could drive a car. She has a degree in aeronautics from the University of North Dakota. She used to strap a camera to a radio-controlled plane and fly it. When she was a student, she was even part of the crew that flew the 25-foot, hot dog-shaped blimp at UND hockey games, dropping hats and coupons on the crowd and occasionally dodging the pucks that came flying back. She is, in other words, exactly the kind of person who was likely to get fascinated by the growing world of drone aircraft. But Martinez is also an entrepreneur at heart.
The Rosemount City council approved zoning and comprehensive guide plan changes Tuesday that clear the way for the construction of a mosque in the former City Limits bowling alley on Highway 3. Assuming the Met Council gives its OK to the comprehensive guide plan, the property will be sold to the Minnesota Education Trust. The mosque and community center would be operated by the Muslim American Society of Minnesota.
Rosemount residents will see an increase again this year in the taxes they pay to the city, but they’re still paying about $100 less than they did in 2008. City council members approved a preliminary tax levy of $11,039,302 Tuesday. That’s a 1.95 percent increase from last year’s levy, and combined with increases in property values it adds up an estimated $34 increase in taxes for a $238,250 home, the median value in the city. Finance director Jeff May said there’s no single increase that accounts for the higher tax bill.