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.
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When the gates to Whitetail Woods Regional Park open for the first time Sept. 27, it will be the first new regional park in Dakota County since 1968. It’s a rare opportunity to be involved with the grand opening of one of these parks and organizers hope residents will help celebrate the occasion. “We really want this to be a unique, once in a lifetime event,” said Katie Pata, Dakota County Park Operations Coordinator. The grand opening will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 27 at the park, which is located at 17100 Station Trail.
Anyone driving east on County Road 46 has probably noticed some large berms going up on the southwest corner of 46 and Biscayne Avenue. The berms will make way for the construction of a mining processing facility and concrete plant that will be operated by Aggregate Industries. Aggregate Industries Environmental Manager Bob Bieraugel said in the last few months crews have put up dirt berms around the 80-acre property. A native grass and flower mix will be planted on the berms this fall. Construction on the processing facility will begin sometime later this year and continue into 2015.
The Farmington boys cross country team traveled to Duluth last week. While they did some running, the trip wasn’t as much about competing as it was about building a team and getting a feel for the season ahead. Boys head coach Lisa Lippold said the low-key meet gave runners the opportunity get into the groove of things. Lippold said times weren’t reflective of what she expects to see as the team moves into its season. “It was an incredibly hilly course and it had rained for seven hours before so it was also muddy,” said Lippold. Still, Lippold said she was pleased with how the boys ran.
With all the advances computers and cell phones have made in our lives, it turns out the devices also provide a lot of opportunities for criminals. “Phones and computers are really good ways to commit crimes,” said Tim Leslie, Dakota County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy. Most law enforcement investigations involve some sort of electronic forensic evidence, whether it’s GPS data from a cell phone or messages sent via Facebook or Twitter, Leslie said. “It’s a rapidly changing world.” The sheriff’s department has had a computer forensic unit since 2003.
The Minnesota State Demographic Center projects by 2030 there will be more people age 65 and older in Minnesota than elementary, middle and high school students combined. That will have significant implications. To explore those implications, Dakota County Public Health has partnered with the Park Nicollet Foundation to host the Living Longer: The Power and Possibilities summit. The summit will run from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 11 at the Rosemount Community Center, 13885 S.
Serenity and Kaylee Trezis are happy little girls who’ve been dealt a tough hand.
Walking regularly has all sorts of benefits.
Sometimes peer pressure can be a good thing.
It’s been a few year since the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce updated its look. And with new leadership at the helm, this seemed like the time. The DCR rolled out a new website last week. Chamber executive director Vicki Stute said the goal of the new design was to create a more user-friendly website and to freshen up the chamber’s look.
March 6 event will showcase Open to Business services Emily Zimmer Staff writer In its first year serving Dakota County, the Open to Business program had enough successes to suggest there is demand for the program to continue. Open to Business recently released its 2013 final report in which the group broke down its year.