ROSEMOUNT — Ten years ago, Greta Sandquist decided to become serious about painting. For 15 years she had chosen a stable career path working in commercial art, designing Christmas ornaments. Even though she possessed an inner desire to work full-time as a painter, she chose against pursuing this journey. Perhaps she chose a safe path in lieu of becoming a painter because it was a little risky and unstable. Most artists have to face the stereotype of becoming a starving artist. But her passion to paint prevailed over the fear of failure.
Rosemount City Administrator Logan Martin can tap into his funny bone with his talent for making audiences laugh via the ComedySportz improv troupe. Upcoming shows are slated for March 16 and April 27 at the Rosemount Steeple Center. Marketed as comedy without a net, ComedySportz, is a member of CSz Worldwide, a network of troupes that perform in 30 other cities around the U.S. and Europe. The improvisational comedy offer audiences humorous, short skits, as well as scenes and games.
The Front Porch Players cast are ready to entertain audiences with six shows of "On Golden Pond." Playwright Ernest Thompson wrote "On Golden Pond" in 1979. The script unfolds the story of a family and an elderly couple, Ethel and Norman Thayer who spend each summer at their house on Golden Pond. The play gained fame when it was produced into an Oscar award-winning movie starring Henry Fonda and his daughter Jane Fonda in 1981.
A 38-year-old Farmington woman died Saturday night after being struck by a vehicle while attempting to cross Highway 3, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. April Janeen Sterling was struck by a 2005 Hyundai Sante Fe SUV just before 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9, 2019, while crossing east to west across Highway 3 at 209th Street West, an incident report states. Sterling was pronounced dead at the scene.
ROSEMOUNT — Relive the music of John Denver during a tribute concert in Rosemount. "The Layne Yost Pays Tribute to John Denver" concert is planned for 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at The Rosemount Steeple Center. "I first heard his music on an album in college in the early 1970s, and I became an instant fan — it was an immediate attraction and I had to learn all of his songs," said lead singer Layne Yost.
FARMINGTON — Fitness, well-being and weight loss generally tops New Year's resolution lists. The key to fulfilling a resolution may be exercising in a group dynamic with classes like Ring the Bell Fitness. Ashley Drobney, 35, leads the Ring the Bell Fitness classes offered via Farmington Community Education. "I generally gear the workouts for what the group wants and if the group really likes cardio and endurance type workouts, then they will get a little more of that," Drobney said. "But I certainly like to cater it to the group so I do listen to the feedback."
The bluegrass band Switched at Birth will bring life to the new year with a 7 p.m. concert Friday, Jan. 11, inside the Steeple Center in Rosemount. "They have been part of our bluegrass concerts for many years and are very popular," said John Loch of Rosemount Area Arts Council. Since 1998, the band has entertained with a wide array of musical styles, Loch said. "On any given performance, you can expect to hear bluegrass, folk, blues, country, Cajun, Irish, and rock 'n' roll music," Loch said.
Rosemount's Second Act Players will showcase local theater talent at its upcoming preview show at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, at the Steeple Center, 14375 S. Robert Trail. "We have an outreach program that we take out into the community and perform in senior living facilities and for a variety of social events," said Claire Ramsay, Second Act Players treasurer. Ramsay invites all to attend the community outreach event. Retired or empty nesters are welcome to get involved in the Second Act Players to discover community theater. No theater experience is necessary.
Now that Old Man Winter has given us a white, winter wonderland, the time is perfect to unleash your inner child by sledding down "The Big Kid Hill" at Whitetail Woods Regional Park. The 456-acre Dakota County park is located minutes away from Rosemount and Farmington in Empire Township. The park is open daily from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. and the sledding hill is well lit.
Holiday packages sitting on front porches can tempt criminals with Grinch-like tendencies. Becoming a victim of porch piracy can occur anywhere outside of Whoville. Rosemount Police Chief Mitchell Scott said theft calls related to packages on porches have ramped up in the last few years since more gifts are ordered online. Report activity Reports of package thefts usually go up every year around the holidays, and Scott said he encourages residents to be proactive to avoid package theft.