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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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.
Kerri Davis is a private person. So depending on the kindness of strangers is not something she's comfortable doing. However, after a fire destroyed her house on Nov. 4 the Farmington resident has found herself in that position. The fire, which started in the garage of her home, destroyed her house, vehicle and all of her family's personal belongings except for a few photographs. "We lost everything. Right now there is snow in my house," Davis said. Davis woke to the sound of her car tires popping due to the fire.
Jacob Grunklee likes science and he's good at it. So when the chance to be part of a science experiment came through 4-H the Rosemount eighth grader jumped at the opportunity. In all eleven Dakota County 4-H members participated in a near-space ballooning program over two weekends in mid-October. The members launched a latex weather balloon from Gaylord, Minn. Oct. 15. The members will gather one more time to see the results of data collected as part of their experiment.
The University of Minnesota turned on its new research wind turbine Tuesday with a ceremony at the UMore Park site. Hundreds of people turned out for the event. The Eolos Wind Energy Research Consortium is an industry-academic consortium led by project director Fotis Sotiropoulos.
The Dakota Communications Center will do a mass notification call Nov. 1. Before that, officials want residents to be aware that they can sign up to be notified in the case of emergencies in the area. The DCC operates the Emergency Alert System. The system allows the DCC to notify people of emergencies such as gas leaks, pandemics, floods, nuclear situations and other disasters, said DCC operations director Cheryl Pritzlaff. The Nov. 1 call will be a test of the system. Pritzlaff said the center changed vendors and wants to make sure things are working properly.
The wind turbine that has risen up on the eastern side of Rosemount is one of three wind energy research and energy projects in the nation. The Eolos Wind Research Station will be an important tool in the creation of new technology for the future of wind energy. And for Jeff Marr and others involved with the project it's just plain exciting. "This is really unique. It's a publicly owned turbine for research," said Marr. To show off the 80-meter turbine, the University of Minnesota-led Wind Energy Research Consortium will host a public commissioning event from 1:45 to 4:30 p.m. Oct.