FARMINGTON — There are moments in time that will remain frozen in Jeri Jolley's memory. For example, the call she received from her daughter who said a doctor discovered a lump in her breast and thought it was suspicious. "I do say there are some minutes of life that are frozen in my memory forever and that is when the world stopped," Jolley said. Her daughter, Jill Jolley, 49, is a breast cancer survivor after enduring a double mastectomy in May 2018. "You have to pick yourself up and fight and pray a lot and keep on doing what is needed," Jolley said.
Rosemount City Council discussed the preliminary draft 2020 budget during the July 2 work session. The preliminary budget shows a 4.86% increase to the city's operating budget and a potential 4.5% increase or $555,004 in the property tax levy. Rosemount Finance Director Jeff May and City Administrator Logan Martin met with department leaders to review budget proposals and discuss the costs and benefits of each proposal. Martin said the potential tax levy impact on a median-value home in Rosemount is about $39 per year.
ROSEMOUNT — Photographer Mark Freier connected with people through photography and his magnetic personality. "No matter whether it was a concert or art display, the ArtBlast or Christmas at the Steeple Center, Mark would show up and take pictures, and he had this photographer's eye and always found beauty and goodness in everything he saw," said Jeanne Schwartz, chair of Rosemount Area Arts Council. "We miss him so much and not just for the photography he did, but also but we also miss him as a friend."
Vermillion metal artist Dale Lewis envisions prehistoric creatures when he sees scrap metal. In fact, his artwork, called "Stanley the Stegosaurus," is on display this summer outside the Rosemount Steeple Center. "I feel like they (his artwork) make people smile and that is what I strive to do," Lewis said. His part-time hobby has now become a full-time labor of love. Lewis, a retired machinist and electrical technician, faced job challenges in 2008 after the real estate market collapse. He ventured into buying and selling homes after fixing them up.
FARMINGTON — The historic Exchange Bank Building in downtown Farmington will soon be home to Homestead Community Church congregation after the sale was finalized this past week. After more than five years, the prayer was answered said Jeff Kerr, pastor of Homestead Community Church along with his wife Kristie who is also a pastor.
Dogs can fill a person with unspeakable joy and hope. Laura Pierce understands the power of dogs and how the sweet, furry creatures offer unconditional love and assistance to those seeking greater independence. In the past few years, Pierce and her family in Farmington have raised 14 dogs as part of Can Do Canines, a program that trains assistance dogs for people with five disabilities. "The certified trainers from Can Do Canines go to the prisons weekly and meet with inmates to receive training on how to work with the dogs," Pierce said.
ROSEMOUNT — Schwarz Pond Park will soon feature nature-based play pieces, designed to allow youngsters to use their imaginations to explore forts and climb boulders, walls and balance beams. The equipment is constructed with tree branches, logs and tree stumps. "The nature-based playgrounds are becoming more and more popular around the Twin Cities," said Rosemount Parks and Recreation Director Dan Schultz, during the June 24 Parks and Recreation Commission meeting. "We are definitely looking to make this a destination."
Barin Hansch wears a T-shirt that asks the question: "Are your windows dirty?" This query usually gets people to smile, stop and perhaps think in the affirmative. Many are inclined to approach him and ask about the small business, We Shine Windows, in Farmington. Hansch, 28, is a Farmington High School graduate who began building a business plan while in high school. He compiled market research and investigated competitors' prices.
Rosemount Port Authority debated the value of continuing to pay for the annual membership of Retail Strategies — a firm that assists cities in the pursuit of retail opportunities — at its June 18 meeting. The firm communicates to companies that may wish to locate or develop a new business or industry about the benefits of Rosemount. The firm deals with national franchise chains and serves as a connection between the community and property owners.
Rosemount park visitors have been greeted with goats busy grazing and munching invasive species at two Rosemount city parks. A herd of 24 professional plant-eating goats are now working to clean out unwanted buckthorn and garlic mustard at Central Park and Erickson Park, said Rosemount parks and recreation director, Dan Schultz. This summer, Rosemount will host the goats in Erickson Park along the west side of Koch Trail. Other cities like Eagan and Burnsville have hired goats to clean out invasive species plant growth on city land.