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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A grass roots effort to bring regional passenger rail services through the south metro has successfully jumped one hurdle. The Minnesota Department of Transportation has released its draft State Rail Plan, and in the document MnDOT designates a Twin Cities-to-Northfield passenger rail line as a Phase I priority. The designation means the project will be considered in the next 20 years and is eligible for federal funding. “It’s what we were hoping for.
March is Minnesota FoodShare month, and for area food shelves it’s a time when donations can make an even bigger impact. Minnesota FoodShare is a program of the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches . The grassroots effort aims to feed Minnesota families living in poverty. To help fight hunger in Minnesota the Minnesota FoodShare program annually hosts its March campaign to raise cash and food donations. The donations are distributed to food shelves statewide.
With Emerald Ash Borer in the door, residents of Dakota County have some things to think about. On March 5, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture will host a meeting about the pest. The meeting, which will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Dakota County Technical College will kick off the second set of Charting the Future Gallery Walks March 4. Ultimately, the Minnesota State Colleges and University system will host 39 events...
The Rotary International motto is “Service Above Self.” As an organization, Rotary aims to honor those who exemplify that motto. “We can’t think of a greater example of service above self than those who serve in the military,” said Heidi Cunningham, Farmington Rotary president. And so, the Farmington Rotary Club has committed to a $10,000 matching grant to the Farmington Veterans Memorial . The memorial honors veterans of the U.S.
Some things are better learned by doing.
There was a time when passenger rail service transported people from communities south of the metro to and from the Twin Cities.
As homeowners try to stay in their houses later in life, many struggle to keep up with some of the necessary chores such as snow removal, mowing, garden clean-up and window washing. To help, DARTS has a volunteer program, called Outdoor Chores , which pairs older homeowners with individuals or families willing to do some of that work for their neighbors. Program director Barb Tiggemann said there’s a growing need for more volunteers for
Nov. 4 is right around the corner, and voters have some choices to make. To help voters make an informed decision, we asked the candidates some questions and gave them a total of 800 words to answer, distributed however they chose. This week we will run responses from candidates for the US House of Representatives District 2. Candidate: John Klein, incumbent, GOP Occupation: USMC, Retired 1.
Starting this week, private well owners in Empire, Farmington and Rosemount will receive free water testing kits to help Dakota County and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture determine if the ground water contains contaminants. In particular, the kits will test nitrate and Manganese levels. At elevated levels, both can be harmful to young children. Dakota County Groundwater Protection supervisor Jill Trescott said kits will be sent out to private well owners in Empire, Eureka, Greenvale and Ravenna townships.