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New auto shop opens in Chatfield

The Chatfield News of Chatfield, Minnesota

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Want your hairdryer or Ford tuned up?

Cy's your guy.

"I've been a car guy pretty much my whole life," said Cy Kulsrud, the owner of a new repair shop in Chatfield. "I read the magazines, stuff like that. I grew up on a farm and loved helping my dad fix the machinery."

Kulsrud said he really enjoyed mechanical things - even beyond cars.

"For as long as I can remember, I've taken everything apart. I once took my sister's hairdryer apart," he admitted.

As the new proprietor of the former O&O Repair shop, now Cy Guy's Auto Repair, in downtown Chatfield, Kulsrud anticipates being able to utilize that love of mechanics in a new venture.

The Preston-Lanesboro-area native elaborated, "I guess I decided I wanted my own shop about 10 years ago when I was going to school for automotive."

Kulsrud was working for an independent auto repair shop parttime - Gordy's Standard in Winona - and he was able to talk to a lot of parts distributors.

"I knew I wanted a shop in southeast Minnesota, but I didn't exactly know where. I didn't want to be in Rochester, so I looked at the small towns around, and I felt Chatfield had the most need for this, and I also felt that it's a growing community," he said. "I heard this place was up for sale when I was asking a parts supplier if he knew of anything available in the area. When Chuck (Owens) accepted my offer, I was unbelievably excited."

He took possession of the former O&O on Aug. 15 and immediately began scrubbing and painting the building.

"I basically took everything out of there, cleaned and painted everything, put epoxy on the floor, put everything back and rearranged, put things in different places to help the flow of the shop," Kulsrud said.

He has hopes for expansion sometime soon. "It's going to be a five-bay shop - hopefully, in the next few weeks, I'll open the back wall and put in overhead doors to make it more accessible, and after it's more accessible on the back side, I'll be installing an alignment rack and another hoist," he added.

Kulsrud has plenty of experience tinkering with and repairing vehicles, as he has three diplomas to line his shop's front shelf and show off that he knows what to do with a vehicle on a hoist.

"I graduated from Southeast Technical in Winona, WyoTech in Laramie, Wy., and Advanced Automotive Engines in Colorado Springs, Colo.," he added.

In addition to his time at Gordy's Standard, he worked at McCabe Repair in Preston, and most recently, for Madelia Ford in Mankato.

"I'm ASE Master Certified, which means I can do work on cars outside of the dealership instead of people having to take their cars back to the dealership," he said.

His shop is the newest place to get an oil change, have brakes and suspension adjusted, fix steering, get new tires, and more.

"My specialty is diagnostics -that's what I really enjoy," Kulsrud said. "I do offer reprogramming, and as far as I know, I'm about the only shop around here that will do that. Basically, cars are now smart phones on wheels."

When it comes to making car repairs, he's the "Cy in charge," but he has helping hands from his part-time mechanic, Dan Peters, and his sister, Kari, who answers the phone and keeps track of appointments.

Kulsrud aspires toward good customer service and a solid reputation for reliable vehicle repairs.

He related, "My goal is to have customers feel taken care of without worries about their vehicles. I basically want to provide the highest-quality work possible and have a place where people don't have to worry about their cars...customers feel taken care of."

Cy Guy's is located at 105 S. Main St., Chatfield, and is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call (507) 867-4320 or email For emergency service, call (507) 206-9590.

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Original Publication Date: October 8, 2014

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