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Fifth graders at Rosemount-area elementary schools put aside their pencils and books on Monday to compete on the track and in the field. The schools -- Rosemount, Shannon Park, Red Pine and Parkview elementary schools -- competed in their annual field day Monday at Rosemount High School's Irish Stadium. Young athletes took part in traditional track and field events like the 100-yard dash and the high jump as well as events like the jumprope speed jump and the soccer punt that you're not likely to see in the Olympics. Check out our gallery for photos from the event.
Inconsistent play left the Rosemount girls lacrosse team on both sides of a couple of big rallies last week. The Irish led by five goals in the second half of last Thursday's South Suburban Conference opener against Burnsville, but folded late and ended up losing, 10-9. A night later, the team fell behind 6-1 in the first half at Farmington before staging an improbable comeback and finishing off a 9-8 victory at Tiger Stadium. "Both games were a tale of two halves. We played very well in one and not as well in the other," Rosemount coach Jeff Smith said.
Two Destination ImagiNation teams from Rosemount schools have qualified for next month's Global Finals at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. The Argentina Apples from Shannon Park Elementary School finished first in the Solar Stage category at state competition earlier this month. Rosemount Middle School's TGIDI finished fourth in projectOUTREACH and won the Torchbearer Award. The Solar Stage challenge asked students to create and present a theatrical performance that tells a story about the use of solar energy, integrating research about past and current uses of solar power.
Rosemount High School senior Adam Jackson, son of Joel and Nicki Jackson, is Rotary Club of Rosemount's March Student of the Month. Adam is perhaps most known for his achievements as a wrestler at RHS. He was runner-up at state in the 152-pound weight class the last two years, named to the Guillotine's Academic First Team and received a number of honors from his team - including MVP two years in a row. He will wrestle at the US Air Force Academy next year. Adam was nominated to the Air Force Academy by Congressman John Kline and was very deliberate in making his choice.
Girls lacrosse Rosemount 10, East Ridge 9 Boys track at Prior Lake Invitational Blaine 143, Rosemount 96, Prior Lake 84, Burnsville, 80, Roseville Area 58
There will be smoke in the air Wednesday afternoon near Highway 52, but it's not a reason to panic. Flint Hills Resources Pine Bend refinery will conduct a controlled burn starting at 4:30 p.m. April 4 on some prairie land near one of its administration buildings. The smoke may be visible from the highway. The burn will be overseen by local and state DNR officials as well as by Flint Hills, which owns 1,300 acres in the Pine Bend area.
This past week has been a much-needed break, as spring break finally arrived. Many of my friends traveled to Europe, or went on cruises this year for the break. Unfortunately, I do not get to go anywhere quite as exotic. But I do get to leave Rosemount for a few days for a short trip to Chicago. The main purpose of this trip is to visit colleges. There is a lot of business to get done, but I also expect to have fun exploring the large city. Perhaps the aspect I am most excited for is the method my mom and I chose to travel to the Windy City.
This week's Pet of the Week is Taylor, a 1- to 2-year-old female tabby who wasn't so sure she wanted to have her picture taken. She was left behind with some other animals when her owners abandoned their home in an Apple Valley trailer park. She is shy at first, but she warms up to people and can be very friendly. She is spayed and will be up to date on her shots before she is adopted. Shamrock Animal Hospital is located at 14390 S. Robert Trail in Rosemount. Phone: 651-423-3565
The Rosemount High School girls varsity bowling team is headed to state. The team had recently finished its regular season in first place with an 11-3 record. That gives them an automatic bid to the state tournament April 21 at Park Grove Bowl in Cottage Grove. RHS bowler Emily Rudesill was named first-team all-conference, and Melissa Wucherpfennig was second team all-conference. Danielle Poole and Allison McDonald were voted onto the all honors team. Team members include Poole, Rudesill, McDonald, Wucherpfennig and Emily Huss.
50 years ago From the March 22, 1962 edition of the Dakota County Tribune David Toombs heads Rosemount Businessmen Assn. David Toombs was elected President of the Rosemount Businessmen's Association, March 13 in the American Legion Club Hall. Other officers are Jerome Fluegel, vice president; Lauri Parker, secretary-treasurer.