Jake Pfeifer is a regional editor for RiverTown Multimedia, which encompasses the Hastings Star Gazette, Farmington-Rosemount Independent Town Pages, South Washington County Bulletin and Woodbury Bulletin. He previously worked as a sports reporter and outdoors editor for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and as a multimedia artist/editor for Detroit Lakes Newspapers.
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Update: 10:46 p.m. With all 13 precints reporting, unofficial results show Democrat John Huot winning Minnesota House District 57B with 11,208 votes. Republican incumbent Anna Wills had 10,377 votes. Update: 9:16 p.m. With 5 of 13 precincts reporting, Democrat John Huot leads with 3,978votes. Republican Anna Wills has received 3,296 votes. District 57B includes Rosemount, Coates and a northern portion of Apple Valley.
In complete but unofficial results, Republican incumbent Pat Garofalo received 10,945 votes (59.63 percent) in Minnesota House District 58B. Democratic challenger Marla Vagts received 7,391 votes (40.27 percent). Garofalo maintained a lead in the race throughout the night. With just under half of the precincts reporting, Garofalo led with 3,771 votes while Vagts had 2,318.
John Huot Age: 53 Address: 3636 143rd St. W, Rosemount Campaign online: www.huotforhouse.com Education: attended Winona State University; EMT certification; firefighter certification; licensed realtor Family: married to wife, Angela, for 26 years; three sons: Andrew, 23, Alex, 20, and Adam, 15. Occupation: Realtor, EMT Community involvement: former director of Rosemount Youth Football, sports official, Community Advisory Committee for Pine Bend Refinery, active at church (St. Thomas Beckett)
Anna Willis Age: 34 Address: P.O. Box 341, Rosemount Campaign online: www.willsforhouse.com Education: Attended University of Northwestern, St. Paul Family: Husband Rob and three young children: Gideon, Shalom and Solomon Occupation: Legislator Community involvement: Active member of the Apple Valley Chamber and Dakota County Regional Chamber What experience and talents would you bring to public office?
Journalism is not a career path that I expected to be on when I graduated high school and ventured out to college. Back then I expected my initial college major of website design to be my future or possibly running my parents' resort and campground in northern Minnesota when they retired. However, the more I tried to make those options into careers, I realized they just weren't for me. I ended up getting a second college degree, this time in international relations, and in the midst of that, got my first "real" job with a newspaper.
What better way to spend a spring day than a day-long celebration at one of the region's largest literary festivals and book fair. After strong attendee feedback from its inaugural event, the second annual Writers Festival and Book Fair will be back from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at the Steeple Center, 14375 S. Robert Trail, Rosemount. The event has two primary components: a book fair and a series of workshops.
ROSEMOUNT—If you received dental care from Dr. Mark Nelson, you may have recently received a notice in the mail that his office at Dakota Dental and Implant Center was closing at the end of January. No need to worry though, because Nelson is still in the area for your dental care needs. On Feb. 5, Nelson merged his practice — and entire staff — with Summit Dental in Rosemount. The move will allow Nelson to work together with Dr. Kristin Nelson of Summit Dental to provide better availability and the same high-quality care patients have come to expect.
The daily band lineups have been announced for the fourth annual Northern Invasion, Saturday and Sunday, May 12-13, at Somerset Amphitheater. Northern Invasion 2018 will be bigger and better than ever with over 12 hours of music per day on three stages — headlined by Tool and Avenged Sevenfold — as well as a top tier camping experience. The Northern Invasion Good Eats area includes food offerings from top regional and national restaurants and vendors. The daily band lineup (subject to change) for Northern Invasion is as follows:
Evergreen trees are usually the only thing green in our winter landscape. But when plagued by harsh weather or infestation in winter, the trees can be more brown than green. While this can be an eyesore, it isn't normal and could be a serious problem. But does it mean the tree is dying from the top down? Or is the tree just in need of some TLC? Four reasons why your evergreen is turning brown
If you are looking for a way to kick off the holidays and get in the spirit, look no further than SimpleGifts. Chilling three-part female harmonies and solos — including the Lutheran favorite "Beautiful Savior," sung in Norwegian. Modern arrangements of traditional — and original — Christmas treasures on Celtic bagpipes, concertina and stringed instruments, including tin whistle, piano, guitar, fiddle, bass and percussion played by some of the most accomplished musicians and singers Minnesota has to offer.