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Growing in leadership: Rosemount Eagle Scout helps create preschool garden

As an Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Boy Scouts, Joshua Heimkes said he is proud to be a young leader. Rosemount City Council honored him July 31, 2017, for creating a garden for preschoolers. Photo by Kara Hildreth / contributor

Eagle Scout Joshua Heimkes attained the highest ranking in Boy Scouts after he led a city community service project.

Rosemount Mayor Bill Droste presented him with a city certificate of commendation for completing and leading the creation of a garden for preschool children at Our Savior Church. Heimkes also led council members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance prior to their July 31 meeting.

Leadership, Heimkes said, "means you have to motivate people to get through things and also work with them, and you cannot just tell them to do stuff."

He is the youngest child of Christine and Jeffrey Heimkes of Rosemount; he has two sisters.

"Rosemount is fortunate to have a large number of young people who reach what the Boy Scouts of America describes as a milestone of accomplishment," Droste said.

As a Boy Scout since sixth grade, Heimkes, 17, earned his Eagle Scout designation in about six months ago. Only about 7 percent of Boy Scouts achieve this ranking, which requires progressing through the stages of scouting and earning 21 merit badges.

Eagle Scouts must also plan, develop and give leadership to a service project for a religious organization, school or community.

"Joshua leveled out the corner of the playground, filled it with dirt and put in fencing and planted a garden," Droste said.

The Scout intends to help the children maintain the garden. Heimkes will begin his senior year at Rosemount High School this fall and hopes to pursue a career in the building trades.