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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Make your next trip to the grocery store an act of heroism and help feed someone who is hungry. March is Minnesota FoodShare month and for area food shelves it’s a time to stock shelves that are going bare. 360 Communities runs five food shelves in Dakota County including centers in Farmington and Rosemount. 360 Communities director of self-sufficiency Anika Rychner said food shelf use continue to grow across the county and the need is immediate. More than 500 people a month use the 360 Communities Rosemount Family Resource Center food shelf.
There’s been a lot of activity on the UMore property this summer and it’s all in preparation for the real thing. Since May, Dakota Aggregates has worked steadily to prepare for gravel mining operations that will start next spring. While the hope had been to start mining this year, a weather-charged spring dashed those hopes. Still, Dakota Aggregates vice president Shawn Dahl said there was a lot to get done on the site and much has been accomplished.
Randall Ferguson has a guitar that dates back to 1785. He likes to wonder who else played on it and who they might have played it for. "It's neat to neat to think about it," said Ferguson. Ferguson will share his fascination as part of a performance at 7 p.m. June 12 at Rosemount United Methodist Church. A classical guitarist and instrument collector, Ferguson will perform a repertoire representing the history of the guitars. In part recital, part lecture. Ferguson will take his audience through an evolution of the guitar, its design and music.
This summer the city of Rosemount, Empire Township and the University of Minnesota will finish up their work on an Alternative Urban Areawide Review of the UMore property. Before the city council approves the final product sometime in September, they want feedback from the public and there will be a number of opportunities to give it coming up. UMore Park is 5,000 acres of land owned by the university. The university plans to develop the property into a sustainable community that could include more than 30,000 people.
The American Cancer Society celebrates 100 years this spring, and while the organization has contributed to improving treatments and research for cancer, the mission continues. Each summer Rosemount and Farmington hold Relay for Life events to help raise money for the ACS. Currently the committees for both events are working to recruit teams to participate.
For nearly 30 years, just up Highway 3 from Rosemount, Atina and Martin Diffley sold vegetables from their roadside stand in Eagan. Many of their customers drove up from Rosemount for their fresh, organic fare. The couple started their organic farm, Gardens of Eagan in 1973 and continued to sell fresh produce from the Highway 3 stand through 2007.
The United States Department of State has changed its policies regarding records and passport services. Instead of one-stop shopping, the agency has changed its policy so the same staff aren't processing birth and death records as wells as passports. The change separating the two services is meant to better protect citizens, but it also means changes for area offices and where residents can obtain those services. "They are concerned with staff having overlapping duties. They want it separated," said Kathy Jensen, Dakota County's department head at the service and license centers.
There's not much better than curling up with a good book on a cold winter's day. And considering it's mid-winter, there are a lot of days to spend curled up. The Dakota County Library system will kick off its 12th annual Winter Jackets Adult Reading program Feb. 1. Robert Trail Librarian Linda Armstrong said she hopes adults will take an opportunity to participate in the month long reading initiative. Winter Jackets is open to adults age 17 and up. The program encourages adults to read and then write reviews. Armstrong said review forms are simple and take mere moments to fill out.
Years of work culminated Tuesday night in the Rosemount City Council's approval of a series of actions to allow Dakota Aggregates to mine nearly 900 acres on the UMore Park property in southeast Rosemount. UMore also includes land in Empire Township. Among the actions was approval of a large-scale mining permit for the company. The company plans to begin mining in 2013. The mining will begin in Phase 1A, an approximately 25-acre lot located northwest of Station Trail and County Road 46.
In 2014 the cooperative agreement that makes cable television available through Charter Communications to Rosemount, Farmington and Apple Valley residents will run out. The three cities have begun the contract renewal process and as such are asking residents to fill out an online survey. Cable coordinator Mark Moore said the survey will help determine the future cable needs of people. The survey gives residents the chance to offer their input on Charter's TV service as well as local programming, which is offered by the cities and school districts 192 and 196.