When Tone Hoeft was a student at Rosemount High School, he and his friends would run around town making movies. They'd film stories about spies, movies with titles like Stealth Blood Prophet. They were, he admits, really, really bad. "It was just, what's funny, what can we make work. The storylines were just, this spy is chasing after this spy," said Hoeft, who graduated from RHS in 2005. "We'd all come up with these ideas and shoot them and put them together. Then we'd have premiers for our friends." At the time, it was all just for fun. Hoeft thought he wanted to go into the ministry.
Rosemount residents interested in a spot on the District 196 School Board might want to start working on their campaign speeches. The board on Monday set July 30 as the first day residents can file an affidavit of candidacy for this year's election. The filing period will continue through 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13.Candidates can file between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays at the district office, 3455 153rd St. W in Rosemount.
A season of limited preparation time and conflicting schedules is ending in perhaps the most appropriate way for Rosemount High School debaters Wesley Just and Andrew Hanson: with a rushed, mostly unexpected trip to the National Forensics League national tournament this weekend in Alabama. Just and Hanson finished fifth in a qualifying tournament in January, making them second alternates for nationals. But when a team from Eden Prairie couldn't make the trip and the first alternates had a scheduling conflict, Just and Hanson got the call.
There's been a whole lot of fuss lately about PRISM, which was introduced to the world last week as a government program to mine personal information from the phone calls and online activity of the American people. People are furious. They don't like the idea that, without their knowledge, The Man is digging into information they believed was private. It's understandable. People these days are serious about their privacy. They'll tell you as much on Facebook, or on Twitter.
Rosemount residents may get a phone call later this month asking them what they think about their school district. Independent School District 196 has hired Decision Resources to conduct the survey of 400 randomly selected district residents. The survey will gauge resident satisfaction with programs and services as well as ask how much more residents might be willing to pay to maintain those services. That last question will be of particular interest to the district as it considers whether to ask voters to approve an operating levy in the Nov.
Lt. Col. Mark Weber, the Rosemount soldier who became an inspiration to many as he battled terminal cancer for nearly three years, died shortly after 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon according to a post on his Caringbridge site. According to the post, he died at home surrounded by family and friends, hours after hospice doctors informed him the end was near. Weber has gained international attention since his 2010 diagnosis of neuroendocrine cancer, which came shortly after he was selected to serve on the staff of Gen. David Petraeus in Afghanistan.
This summer, the Rosemount Parks and Recreation Department will host Kids Corner, a free program where kids come and play games and do activities with the staff of the parks department. The program will include arts and crafts, large group games and much more. Lisa Maurer, recreation supervisor for the parks and recreation department, said Kids Corner is just a time for kids to come and have fun with the staff. "They provide two hours of fun activities for the kids," Maurer said. Kids are welcome to come any amount of time in the week, even every day. "(It's a) fun program; we just kind o
Independent School District 196 superintendent Jane Berenz will get a 2 percent raise effective July 1 that will bring her salary to $195,840. The new contract approved Monday also includes a 2 percent increase in the district's contribution for health care expenses and the addition of tuition reimbursement of up to $500 per semester hour earned should Berenz choose to go back to school. This week's contract vote came after board members completed an evaluation of Berenz's performance during a workshop meeting last week.
This summer, the Rosemount Area Arts Council will present music, theater and other entertainment through their Thursdays in the Park series. The shows will take place at the Central Park amphitheater in Rosemount, and are open to the public. The idea for a consistent programming schedule stems from what Rosemount used to have: Saturday shows downtown at the bandshell. According to John Loch, RAAC program chair, people used to come downtown to do their shopping on Saturdays, and listened to music while they shopped.
If all goes as planned, this column will be published after I have graduated from high school. I've been waiting for this to happen for four years, but now that it has, I find myself asking: Now what? Obviously I have an entire summer vacation ahead of me, and I know that next year I will be going to college, but I still struggle to find direction with less structure in my life. I have heard a slew of advice and motivational speakers in the past few months.