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Rosemount Leprechaun Days

This is your source for information related to the annual 10-day community festival that is the highlight of the summer and the entire year in Rosemount, which, for those of you who don't know, is a town of about 21,000 people southeast of the Twin Cities. Welcome to the official website managed by the all-volunteer Rosemount Leprechaun Days Committee.

If you have never been to Rosemount Leprechaun Days, we would like to suggest that you attend. Rosemount has a home-town feel that its residents cite as a major reason they moved to and continue to live in the city. Leprechaun Days reflects that home-town feel with strong resident and group participation in all its events, including the Grand Day Parade, Midsummer Faire carnival, food and music event, Rosemount Parks and Recreation events for youths and adults and much more.

Haunted Woods Trail

This year's Halloween celebration will prove to be a fun-filled evening for preschool through middle-school aged youths. The trail will begin at the Park & Ride lot on Highway 3 (South Robert Trail), wind its way through Central Park, and exit onto 145th Street West. Be sure to wear your Halloween costume and dress appropriately for the weather conditions.

Senior Theater
The Rosemount Area Arts Council is forming a Senior Theater, which will include classes and performances. Everyone 50 years and older are eligible to join this group that is looking for fun, friendships and learning new skills. We are in the formative stage and are looking for people who would like to serve on the planning group. No experience necessary! No memorization necessary! Learn all aspects of the theater from acting to backstage roles, such as costuming, props, lighting and sound, set design and construction, makeup and more. Classes will begin when the Steeple Center reopens following construction -- likely in January!

Rosemount Businesses

Flint Hills Resources

Flint Hills Resources is an independent refining, chemicals, and biofuels and ingredients company. It strives to create value for its customers and society – through the way its facilities operate, its efficient use of resources, the products it produces and markets, and its involvement in its communities. The company, based in Wichita, Kan., has expanded its operations through capital projects and acquisitions worth more than $11 billion since 2002.

Its refineries produce fuels that power much of Texas and the Midwest. The company's ethanol plants produce fuels that are used across the United States. Its petrochemicals are used to manufacture goods from plastics to building products to packaging materials. The asphalt it produces is used in communities throughout the United States. The base oils it markets are the principal raw material used to produce premium motor oil, commercial lubricants and sealants and coatings.

Flint Hills Resources’ manufacturing capability is built upon six decades of refining experience. The company has expanded its production capacity – through acquisitions and capital projects – to meet customer needs in the markets it serves in the Midwest and Texas, as well as the global polymers, olefins, aromatics and intermediate chemicals industries.

With its strong manufacturing, marketing and product innovation capabilities, Flint Hills Resources’ employees work to anticipate customer demands and then efficiently and profitably meet those needs.

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

Helping Military Families Stay Together

Rosemount has been designated a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon City. The program brings together resources to help members of the military and their families as they prepare for, serve on, and return from overseas deployment.

The organizers of Rosemount's effort typically meet at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of the month at City Hall.

Rich Valley Golf Club

Rich Valley Golf Club was designed by Ray Rahn and was built by the family.  Ray has been in the golf business his whole life. He started out installing in-ground sprinkler systems. Then in 1969, Ray and the family designed and built their 1st course. They named it Parkview and it is still Parkview today. They sold Parkview in 1981. In 1975 Ray bought farmland and designed and built Fountain Valley Golf Course, which they sold in 1980.

They then designed and built Rich Valley, which has now been family owned and operated since 1988. And since, we have 27 holes for you to golf, we always have 9 holes available for tee times - even if there are leagues or a tournament. Golfing is always fun and easy at Rich Valley Golf Course!

History of Rosemount

Rosemount is situated in a geological area, the terminal moraine of a glacier. The northern area is filled with pothole ponds created by departing chunks of ice, while southern Rosemount is the glacial flood plain. There are numerous sand and gravel deposits in this area as well as acres of flat, open farmland.

The southern region of Rosemount was once part of a treeless prairie. Early pioneers were hesitant to venture into the prairie and settled in the wooded regions, yet soon realized that the prairie was better suited for farming. Often more than one family would settle together on land located in the woods and on the prairie to make the best use of both parts of the land.

The Rosemount area was originally inhabited by the Lower Band Mdewakanton of the Santee Sioux tribe. On August 5, 1851, Chief Little Crow, the leader of the New Ulm Indian uprising, signed a treaty at Pilot Knob in Mendota, turning the land over to the federal government.

It does not take a visitor long to realize that there is a strong Irish tradition in Rosemount. The Rosemount high school teams use the nickname the Irish and a shamrock is featured on the Rosemount City flag.Leprechaun Days, an event celebrating the community’s Irish heritage, is held annually at the end of July. The Rosemount area phone book is filled with names such as Corrigan, Duffy, Dunn, McDonough, McMenomy, and Neary.

How is it that Rosemount has this strong Irish tradition? In 1853, the first settlers, William and Walter Strathern and C. H. Carr, came from Scotland by way of New York to stake a claim. They were followed soon after by many immigrants, most of whom were Irish Catholics. As the number of settlers increased, there came a need for community organization. On May 11, 1858, settlers met at the home of Thomas Dowd for the first township meeting. Coincidentally, this was the same day that Minnesota became a state.

The main issue discussed at the first town meeting was the naming of the town: Rosemount or Saratoga? Years earlier, in 1855, the first post office had been named Rosemount by Andrew Keegan. Because of strong Irish sentiments and the fact that there is a village in Ireland of the same name, Rosemount was chosen.

The first major road in the area was Dodd Road, commissioned by the State of Minnesota to be built by Captain William B. Dodd to link Mendota with St. Peter, Minnesota. The first town itself was located along Dodd Road, but when the railroad was planned there was a disagreement between the railroad and some landowners. As a result, in 1864, the railroad was built a half-mile east of Dodd Road and the business area moved over along the railroad. The railroad line at that time was the Minnesota Central, which ran between Mendota and Faribault.

The railroad put a 40,000 bushel capacity grain elevator in town in 1867 and the new business district developed around it; the elevator is still being used. The village was laid out in its present location by J.A. Case in 1866 and incorporated in 1875. In 1876 the first town hall was built and by the 1880 census the population of Rosemount was 964.

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