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Nearly nine of 10 school-aged children who live in Independent School District 196 are attending District 196 schools this year. According to the district's official enrollment report for 2011-12, there were 28,464 school-aged children living within District 196 on Oct. 1 this year. Of those children, 24,848, approximately 87 percent, are attending District 196 schools. The number of children living in District 196 who are home schooled or attend traditional non-public schools has declined in each of the past five years, from 2,356 in 2007-08 to 2,200 this year.
This week's Pet of the Week is Lacy, a 2-year-old cat who was surrendered to Shamrock Animal Hospital and needs a good home. Lacy is spayed and front declawed. She is friendly and gets along well with other cats. She has had some on-and-off health issues, but she is asymptomatic right now. The cost to adopt Lacy is $195. Shamrock Animal Hospital is located at 14390 S. Robert Trail in Rosemount. Phone: 651-423-3565
District 196 is accepting nominations through Feb. 24 for the 2011-12 Andrew Christopher Randall Memorial Travel Award, given to one Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools employee annually in recognition of their ability to foster mutual respect between individual students and school staff. Any employee, student, parent or resident may nominate a District 196 employee for the award. Employees must have worked in the district for at least five years to be eligible. Nomination forms are available at www.District196.org or by calling 651-423-7784.
January 12 Storytime The Robert Trail Library will host Storytime for All Ages from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Jan. 12. The stories and activities are ideal for mixed age groups such as childcare groups and families. Bluegrass at Celts The Rosemount Area Arts Council will host Bluegrass Americana Family Nights the second Thursday of each month through April at Celts Pub, 14506 S. Robert Tr. On Jan. 12, Switched at Birth will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. The event is free and family friendly.
We suspect there are some Rosemount residents who are tolerant and perhaps even fond of the noises trains make when they pass through the city. Some people grew up around trains, and for them the sound of a train whistle is more lullaby, less alarm clock. Those people are likely in the minority, though, a handful who lament the implementation of a new railroad quiet zone while many others cheer. Rosemount mayor Bill Droste has heard many complaints over the years about the racket caused by trains blowing their horns.
December 26 Domestic disturbance, 13900 block of Broughshane Ave. Criminal damage, fourth degree, value $1 to $500, 3700 block of 148th St. W. December 27 Accident, motor vehicle damage, Robert Trail South and 150 Street West Theft, other property, value less than $500, 14500 block of Dodd Blvd. Theft, other property, value over $1000, 15200 block of Boulder Tr. Possession of methamphetamines, first degree, 14500 block of Chippendale Ave. Criminal damage, fourth degree, value $1 to $500, 3400 block of Upper 143rd St.
Ninth grade Ty Abbott, Isaac Adams, Jessica Aspenwall, Michael Bacon, Kristie Beck, Jasmine Berman, Kyla Bills, Jacob Boecker, Courtney Boeckman, Monica Bondeson, Madison Bredt, Samantha Brennan, Erin Brown, Matthew Bumgarner, Olivia Bunde, Matthew Burt, Joseph Byrne, Trevor Carlson, Jordan Casby, Hope Chvatal, Rachael Collins, Timothy Conlin, Cody Cope, Kyle Daniels, Makayla Davis, Rozalyn Davis, Carly Dawson, Whitney Deadrick, Courtney Debettignies, Joshua Dennis, Daniel Denunzio, Kevin Dinh, Jacob Dobias, Joshua Doese, Justus Doese, Shelby Dorman, Trevor Dosch, Brandon Ekeren, Jon
Ninth grade Aaron Ahlberg, Grace Anderson, Kyra Anderson, Carly Aronson, Jakob Bauer, Logan Becker, Alexander Berhe, Sneh Bhakta, Michael Brehmer, Danielle Brown, Darius Brown, Kendrick Brown, Ryan Brumm, Michael Burkard, Elissa Burr, Kerstyn Cafarelli, J Leo Caravello, Kylee Carr, Alex Clauson, Gabriel Cobos, Caitlin Corbett, Tea Cox, Lucas Dahl, Matthew Danielson, Jordan Dean, Denise Delgado, Makayla Devries, Nicholas Dyson, John Eidum, Kari Felland, Maria Fendrich, Abigail Fossand, Kylee Frank, Cece-Amari Gaines, Hannah Garrett, Lauren Glitto, Luke Gordon, Shivali Goswami, Noah Gr
This week's Pet of the Week is Bucky a chihuahua dachsund mix. He and his brother are six months old and ready for a forever home. Bucky and his brother were given up by their owner due to financial hardships. He will be neutered and have all of his shots before his adoption is final. His adoption fee is $250. Call Amazing Animal Advocates at 952-200-6781 for more information.
Environmental stability seems to be on everyone's mind, and it's something the city of Rosemount has been thinking about a lot lately. It's most recent action in that regard is passing a resolution to become part of the Minnesota GreenStep Cities Program. The program is a free and voluntary challenge set up to help cities reach sustainability goals through implementation of 28 best practices offered by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.