Vermillion metal artist Dale Lewis envisions prehistoric creatures when he sees scrap metal. In fact, his artwork, called "Stanley the Stegosaurus," is on display this summer outside the Rosemount Steeple Center. "I feel like they (his artwork) make people smile and that is what I strive to do," Lewis said. His part-time hobby has now become a full-time labor of love. Lewis, a retired machinist and electrical technician, faced job challenges in 2008 after the real estate market collapse. He ventured into buying and selling homes after fixing them up.
Barin Hansch wears a T-shirt that asks the question: "Are your windows dirty?" This query usually gets people to smile, stop and perhaps think in the affirmative. Many are inclined to approach him and ask about the small business, We Shine Windows, in Farmington. Hansch, 28, is a Farmington High School graduate who began building a business plan while in high school. He compiled market research and investigated competitors' prices.
Black and white photographs of the Miesville Mudhens baseball team come to life in a new photo exhibit at Robert Trail Library in Rosemount. Photographer William "Bill" Pringle Rodman likes to capture fine details and shadows that appear crisp via black and white photographs. He uses rolls of black and white film that is now making a comeback, he said.
ROSEMOUNT — Fans of the Rolling Stones can celebrate the band's music at an upcoming tribute concert in Rosemount. Rosemount Area Arts Council will bring Tumblin' Dice to the Steeple Center at 7 p.m. Friday, April 26. Tumblin' Dice members said the tribute band does not attempt to be a clone of the Rolling Stones, but the musicians take pride in performing more in a parody style that all find fun with the showmanship and performance.
FARMINGTON — Empowering students with special needs is about meeting each student where they are with their social and emotional development. Mary Willman, a special education teacher at Boeckman Middle School in Farmington, said her passion is teaching teenagers with special needs on the autism spectrum disorder. New arts classes have brought an energy to her students' learning and Willman said students light up when they take part in the interactive arts curriculum.
FARMINGTON — The highlight of this year's competition season was engineered when the team brought joy and goodwill to a local toddler and Farmington family. The FHS Rogue Robotics team designed a wheelchair for 2-year-old Cillian Jackson, son of Tyler and Krissy Jackson, of Farmington. This past December, the team brought joy to this family and freedom to Cillian, who can now navigate his way around in a small wheelchair with the style of a childlike Power Wheels car.
ROSEMOUNT — Minnesota author David Housewright contends writers should not be concerned with capturing a certain kind of audience. When writing, if you enjoy telling the story, readers will enjoy reading the story. His sincere advice is that simple. The award-winning author will serve as the keynote speaker at the third annual Rosemount Writers' Festival and Book Fair. The weekend event is slated for Friday and Saturday, March 21-22, at Rosemount Steeple Center.
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.