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Two dance numbers, a performance by a live band and a student dressed like a banana and singing Jingle Bells were among the highlights of Rosemount High School's traditional pre-holiday break pep fest. The event included a performance by Twin Cities band West of Aldean, which sold merchandise afterward and donated part of the proceeds to RHS arts programs. Students also had a chance to take a half-court basketball shot to win a share of a cash pot. The event closed with a glow-in-the-dark performance by the Irish drumline.
Rosemount residents who want to take the ice with the RHS boys hockey team will have a chance Wednesday night. They can do some good for the community at the same time. The Rosemount boys hockey team will host its seventh-annual Skate with the Irish from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 21 at Rosemount Ice Arena. There will be a bake sale, silent auction, concessions, tours and autographs by the team. All proceeds go toward the team's Adopt-a-Family program. Attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable item for 360 Communities.
A chemical odor but not a safety risk resulted Wednesday morning from an incident at a private gas-handling facility near Highway 3 and 160th Street West in Rosemount. Rosemount fire crews responded at 7 a.m. to a report of a valve break at the facility. The valve controlled the chemical used as an odor agent.
Rosemount will also have two unfamiliar faces -- sort of -- representing the city on the Dakota County Board of Commissioners. With 18,545 votes counted Tuesday Gerlach was leading Victoria Swanson 11,198 to 7,248 for the county commissioner seat in District 7. That district includes a narrow sliver of Rosemount's west side. Things were significantly closer Tuesday in District 4, where incumbent Nancy Schouweiler led challenger Bill Klein 11,666 to 11,490 with 23,261 votes counted. District 4, which covers most of Rosemount, was created this year by redistricting.
There wasn't much offense in Rosemount's Section final football game against Stillwater. But for the Irish, there was just enough. Rosemount went to Stillwater Friday night and beat the top-seeded Ponies 7-6 in a Class 6A crossover game that pitted teams from different sections against each other. Stillwater got on the board first and second in the first half, but couldn't manage more than a field goal either time. The Ponies got a 32-yard field goal in the first quarter and another field goal in the second.
Rosemountvoters have a lot of decisions to make when they go to the polls Nov. 6. There's the race for President, of course, and two much-talked-about constitutional amendments. But there are also several local races to think about. For your convenience, the Town Pages has collected all of our question-and-answer voters guides in one place. Refer to them and get ready to go the polls.
Large-scale demolition work started Monday morning on the former St. Joseph school on Highway 3. The building is being knocked down to make way for a planned senior housing development and public senior center. Crews have been working inside the building for several days to prepare for the demolition, removing hazardous materials and doing other jobs. Two backhoes got to work knocking the building down early Monday. The building has stood for nearly 60 years, but has been empty since the school moved to a new location next to a new church building.
October 15 DUI, first degree, refusal to submit to test, Lower 147 Street West and Robert Trail South Assault, terroristic threats, 14400 block of Diamond Path Fight, 13500 block of Dellwood Way Child protection, 3300 block of 142 St. W. Accident, motor vehicle damage, Dodd Boulevard and Shannon Parkway Theft from vehicle, value less than $500, 15600 block of Cornell Tr.
This week's Pet of Week is Mocha, a greyhound mix. Mocha has tiger-like striping which makes her a really unique looking dog. Staff at Shamrock Animal Hospital said she's a sweet girl but she's energetic and needs a place to run, so a fenced in yard would be best. Mocha is 3 years old and was picked up as a stray. She will be spayed and brought up to date on vaccinations before adoption. The cost to adopt Mocha is $225. Shamrock Animal Hospital is located at 14390 S. Robert Trail in Rosemount. Phone: 651-423-3565
The Rosemount girls tennis team breezed through a pair of Section 3AA matches last week to advance through to the semifinals. The second-seeded Irish took on No. 3 Eastview Tuesday at Lifetime Fitness in Lakeville, with the winner likely advancing to face South Suburban champion and No. 1 seed Prior Lake in tonight's section finals. "The semifinal should be a good match with Eastview. We had three matches that went three sets during conference play," Rosemount coach Dana Beck said.