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Residents of the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools District 196 are encouraged to share their ideas for a new model of education in Minnesota that is designed for the success of all students. A community conversation on the topic is scheduled for 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 8 at the Diamondhead Education Center, 200 W. Burnsville Parkway in Burnsville (enter Door #1 on the upper level).
A 42-year-old man and a 33-year-old woman were found dead in a Rosemount home in what appears to be a murder-suicide, investigators reported. The female victim, Alicia Ann Keilen, died from multiple gunshot wounds, the Hennepin County medical examiner's office said in a statement. Her death was ruled a homicide. Justin Joseph Keilen, 42, was found dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. His death was ruled a suicide, the statement said.
The Rosemount Area Hockey Association Mite White team came together Sunday, Feb. 5, to support The Sandwich Project Minnesota, thesandwichprojectmn.org, an organization that collects and delivers sandwiches to the homeless. The 15 members of the team, along with parents and siblings, put together 150 sandwiches that were taken to a local drop-off site. The sandwiches were then delivered to a local food shelf in Minneapolis to be distributed to families in need.
County Road 42 will be closed Sunday, Feb. 19, near the intersection with Highway 3. Work on the railroad crossing just east of the intersection will lead to a closure on either side of the track. The closing will be in effect from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19. A detour will be posted on County Road 42 that will direct through traffic to 145th Street West via Highway 3 and Biscayne Avenue. The closure is limited to County Road 42 at the rail crossing. Other streets, including Highway 3 and Business Parkway, will remain open.
As part of its grand-opening celebration in Rosemount in November, Arby's donated the purchase price of all Kid's Meals sold during its first month of business to Rosemount Elementary School. The school plans to put the $2,680 donation toward technology upgrades, including the purchase of new Chromebooks for students. Arby's Rosemount and the Arby's Foundation presented a check Tuesday, Feb. 7, to Rosemount Elementary School saying they value making a difference in the community where their employees live, work and play.
Rosemount Parks and Recreation is taking applications from its residents for a limited number of garden plots that the city is offering at several locations. The city is making land available at Biscayne, Jaycee, Winds, and Lions Parks and at the Flint Hills Outdoor Recreation Complex at the northeast corner of Akron Avenue and Bonaire Path. Plots are available in two sizes: 10-by-20 feet for $30 and 20-by-20 feet for $50.
Rosemount residents can help set the direction of their community by applying to serve on city commissions and one of the task forces created last year by the city council.
Rosemount Mayor Bill Droste was re-elected vice chair of the Minnesota Valley Transit Authority Board of Directors at the group’s organizational meeting Wednesday, Jan. 25. Jon Ulrich, Scott County commissioner, was re-elected chair, and Clint Hooppaw, Apple Valley City Council member, was re-elected secretary/treasurer. In 2016, the MVTA provided 2,902,398 riders, down 2.1 percent from 2015, but the second-highest ridership in MVTA history.
Rosemount City Council member Jeff Weisensel has been appointed to serve as a Leadership Fellow for the National League of Cities (NLC) in 2017. His duties include advising the NLC on education efforts to promote and educate local government leaders.
The Dakota County Sheriff’s Office will host its annual “Citizen Academy” again in 2017. The program will run six consecutive Thursdays starting Feb. 16 and concluding March 23. The six sessions will run from 6-9 p.m. on each of those Thursdays.