Employee Name: Paul Weimelt
Number of years of service at Pahl’s:
I started at Pahl’s April 2012
Briefly describe your job duties at Pahl’s:
I deliver bulk mulch, various types of rock and soil to market customers. After the deliveries are complete I haul the same products for and work with the landscape crews. This year I started out in the greenhouse area and worked there until April when I went back to the landscape crew.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
All the nice, interesting people I have the opportunity to work with during the day.
Tell us about your family……..
I am married to Donna; we have been together for 30 years. We moved out to the New Market area in 1989. My parents both lived long healthy lives – well into their 90’s. I have 4 brothers and 3 sisters that all live in the metro area. Donna’s family all live in northern Minnesota. She has 4 sisters and 4 brothers who mostly all live in the Roseau/Warroad area.
What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year? Why?
Day – Early morning when the Star Tribune arrives early enough for me to read it before I leave for work or in the late afternoon when I can see deer and other game in our back yard.
Week – Friday as it is the start of the weekend!
Month of the Year – I love October and the outdoor activities it provides.
What is your favorite indoor/outdoor activity?
I especially enjoy fall hunting although I no longer have the need to harvest game.
What is the farthest you have been away from home? Tell us the most unique experience from that trip?
I was drafted into the Army in June of 1965. I spent 17 months in Germany and various places in Europe. The most unique experience was I participated in a volunteer 90 mile/3 day march in the middle of the winter. I remember it was cold.
What are three things on your “Bucket List” ?
Take a road trip to Alaska, go to Las Vegas and see Hoover Dam and travel to the upper east coast of Maine.
What do you miss most about being a kid?
Well – my wife says I am still a kid but I do miss the time spent playing hockey daily as a kid. We had the only large home rink in the neighborhood and all the local kids came over and skated daily.
If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
To be a good mechanic – I have brothers that are very good mechanically and as a result I never had to learn to fix anything.
What was the first thing you bought with your own money?
A 10 speed Schwinn bicycle when I was 13. A friend and I rode them to Red Wing from Bloomington. We took a train on our return trip!
If you could choose anyone, who would you pick to be your mentor? Why?
If we could go back in years I would pick Bob Boeser from the Richfield/Bloomington area – my youth hockey coach (1956 – 1959). This was at Assumption School in Richfield. He was well respected by his students, athletes and in the hockey community.
If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?
Drop out of society and seriously we would share the wealth with our large families.
Which celebrity do you get mistaken for?
I don’t recall this one ever happening.
What is your all time favorite movie?
One of two – both John Wayne Westerns; True Grit and the Shootist
What song do you play the most often?
Anything by Marty Robbins – #1 is Big Iron
What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
January of 2013 I lost my lifelong friend. He was too young. Burying him was the hardest thing I have ever done. This is a reminder to spend all the time you can with the people that are important to you.