Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening.
You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'.
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I saw a movie today. Mr. Holmes . It was not along the lines of the recent Sherlock Holmes pictures with Robert Downey Jr. Nor was I expecting it to be. It’s a product of BBC Films , so you know it’s going to be worthy of your time. It was with Ian McKellen as the 93-year old Holmes.
On Sept. 12, a group of Rosemount High School juniors will hold the first Show Your Colors, End MD color run. The group, which has organized four annual swim-a-thons for...
For 13 years, Crystal Swanson has run Cuddle Bugs Childcare in her home. She loves it, and people seem to love her. She has a six-year waiting list. So when an opportunity came up to expand her business, she jumped on it. While it’s not much to look at now, construction is under way on Crystal’s Cuddle Bugs’ new location in Rosemount Crossings near Starbucks. Presently dust and partially constructed walls feature prominently in the space, but starting Aug. 31, children and learning will fill the 4,600 sq. ft.
For more than eight years, I have had the honor of covering Rosemount news. This edition will be the last for me. Mon-day I start a graduate program and I have taken a part-time position. I believe this is a good move for me professionally and personally. It will give me some more time with my family and I will fulfill a longtime goal to obtain a master’s degree. It’s sad to say goodbye, though. Rosemount has a lot of lovely people.
With police in the news a lot these days, community resources officer Julie Pulkrabek thought it might be a good time to show residents life behind the badge with a Citizens Police Academy. Plus she’s had some requests to offer one. The Rosemount Police Department has hosted a number of academies in the past. Pulkrabek said they offer a good opportunity to show what community policing is, while also building relationships with residents. Starting Sept. 24, the Rosemount Police Department will host the interactive learning experience for Rosemount residents.
Rosemount has ordinances regarding noise, but the language is somewhat ambiguous. The council requested city staff look at the city’s ordinance after a downtown business was cited last year for disorderly conduct due to noise. To make expectations clearer, the council will add language that set defined standards. Police chief Mitch Scott has suggested the city add language that defines when a violation occurs.
Rosemount’s tax levy will likely rise in 2016. The council discussed its budget during a work session Monday night and it will move forward with a 2.09 percent increase. City administrator Dwight Johnson said in June staff presented an increase of 2.64 percent to the city council. In the month since, staff has been able to reduce the city’s levy amount by about $60,000. The 2.09 percent increase will mean $36 more in taxes for a median-value family home.
As law enforcement officers, Geoff Wyatt and Melissa Wirtz know the importance of physical fitness. So when they were looking to open a business together, they wanted something that shared that as a priority. Wyatt and Wirtz believe they found that in Snap Fitness . They will open a 24/7 fitness center in Rosemount Aug. 29. Wyatt said the Minnesota-based company offers a clean, comfortable place to focus on fitness that’s convenient to its customers. The 5,400 sq. ft. Snap Fitness will offer a variety of fitness equipment and opportunities.
A year ago, the Open Door Mobile Pantry started to make bi-weekly trips to Dakota County Technical College. The idea was to provide help to students when and if they needed it. “The mobile pantry has done well for us. It’s a great opportunity for students and their families to get free food,” said Michael Crider, DCTC Student Life assistant. The Open Door is a non-profit food shelf that serves the Twin Cities south metro area.
As Flint Hills Resources gets set to celebrate Pine Bend Refinery’s 60th year of operation, director of public affairs Jake Reint said it’s really a celebration of the people who have kept the plant going all these years. “We want to celebrate the people and partnerships that have made Pine Bend one of the best refineries in America,” said Reint. The Pine Bend Refinery will host an open house from 8 a.m. to noon Aug. 8 to commemorate the facility’s 60th anniversary.