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When love comes around

That Ferris wheel in Scheels All Sports store in Fargo draws lots of attention and many riders. But it also has kind of a romantic whirl. Ashley Rasmussen, Moorhead, knows something about the wheel, since she works in Scheels corporate offices in...

Eric Rasmussen

That Ferris wheel in Scheels All Sports store in Fargo draws lots of attention and many riders.

But it also has kind of a romantic whirl.

Ashley Rasmussen, Moorhead, knows something about the wheel, since she works in Scheels corporate offices in Fargo.

But let's go back a couple of years to when she was a lifeguard at the Moorhead Public Swimming Pool and when she was still Ashley Sornsin.

Another lifeguard there was Sarah Rasmussen, who one day told Ashley, "You should date my brother Eric."

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Oh, really? Ashley said.

Oh, really, said matchmaker Sarah, who also was promoting Ashley to her kid brother.

Eric and Ashley hadn't met at this point, but Ashley says, "He sounded like a pretty good guy; I was really curious."

So she took a chance. When Eric was in Texas on vacation, she sent him a text message. That launched a flood of messages, including photos of each other.

When Eric, also of Moorhead, came home, he called Ashley and asked her to go to a movie.

OK, she said. But she didn't know if the date included food, so she ate something before Eric picked her up. "But just a little, which was a good thing," she says, "because we went to Applebee's in West Fargo."

Then they went to the movie. And they hit it off.

What did Eric like about Ashley? "Her smile," he says, "her laugh; she was pleasant to be with. And she was genuine; that was important."

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And what did Ashley see in Eric? "His good sense of humor," she says; "and he was very honest, had a good personality - the whole package."

Besides, he invited her to go to church with him. That really clicked.

So they dated. And dated some more. One time they even looked at rings, but they didn't really talk about marriage.

Then came Dec. 29, 2006.

The wheel deal

Eric and Ashley met at West Acres, looked around, then went to the sports store.

Eric suggested they take a ride on the Ferris wheel. Neither of them had ridden it, but, hey, it sounded fun.

So they got on, went around - and at the top, Eric popped the Big Question.

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Before the wheel made a quarter turn, Ashley had said yes.

Fun of the run

Eric and Ashley became Mr. and Mrs. Rasmussen on June 29 at Brookdale Baptist Church, Moorhead. It was the first wedding to be held in Brookdale's new sanctuary.

The Rasmussens live in Moorhead. Ashley stills works for Scheels and Eric works for Northwest Auto Body Inc., Fargo.

They attend Brookdale and are in Bible studies there.

Ashley runs half-marathons and is working up to the fulls; but she hasn't got Eric into them. Yet.

But they probably agree with the old saying about love making the world go 'round and 'round.

Becoming engaged on a Ferris wheel just puts a new spin on it.

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If you have an item of interest for this column, mail it to Neighbors, The Forum, Box 6022, Fargo, N.D. 58107; fax it to 241-5487; or e-mail blind@forumcomm.com

When love comes around Bob Lind 20071007

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