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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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.
Got an opinion on mining at UMore? The Rosemount Planning Commission wants to hear it. The planning commission will hold the first of two public hearings at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 28 at city hall. During the hearing the commission will take comments from residents on the project. Dakota Aggregates has submitted an application for a large scale mineral extraction permit and an interim use permit for associate ancillary uses such as aggregate processing, concrete production, asphalt production and concrete product casting.
For Dylan Johnson helping his mom through her battle with breast cancer was just what he had to do. For a year he helped change her bandages, feed her and kept her company during her chemotherapy appointments. "He did everything for me," said Dylan's mom, Kim Johnson. For his efforts, Dylan will be honored Friday at the Farmington Relay for Life as a caregiver. At 14, Dylan seemed the unlikely one to become his mother's caregiver after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. But his dad had to work and Dylan took over.
The view from the top of Lone Rock goes on for miles. The UMore Wind Turbine juts out of the trees and past that the stacks from Flint Hills can be seen. It's quiet up there. The only sounds are birds singing and the wind rustling through the trees. The Lone Rock Trail is located in Empire Township. Hikers and horseback riders can travel the 9.9 miles of trail. During the winter, the trail is open for cross country skiing. The miles of trail wind through restored prairie, forest, wetlands and farm fields.
It's hard to leave a warm June evening to sit inside and listen to someone talk about pollution, but the University of Minnesota hopes people will do it. The university and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will host a public forum on findings from the 2011 remedial investigation of UMore Park from 6 to 8 p.m. June 28 at the Rosemount Community Center. The investigation was completed of the eastern 3,500 acres of the UMore property.
Dakota County is looking for your opinion on a new 456-acre regional park in in Empire Township. County staff will use those comments to create a final master plan for the project. County staff will take comments through Jan. 12 on the draft master plan, and the county will hold an open house from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 5 at the Dakota County Western Service Center in Apple Valley. Mary Jackson, with the county's planning and analysis office, said so far comments have trickled in.
The Dakota County Parks department is looking for residents' opinions about its plans for two future greenway corridors in Rosemount and Empire Township. While the projects are years away, county planner John Mertens said the county wants to know what people think of the concept. The parks department will hold an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Rosemount Community Center. The input received will help county staff develop the greenway corridors. The greenway vision proposes more than a trail system.