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Meet The Team At Mike's

Mike Kawell – Owner


Growing up in Faribault, Mike went through automotive classes at Faribault High School. Mike entered and won the state championship in the Ford/AAA Auto Skills Challenge, which landed him a scholarship to an automotive college. After graduating, he worked as a dealer mechanic from 1997 to 2007, after which he decided to open his own auto repair shop.

Kevin Kawell – Accounting


Kevin Kawell grew up in Faribault, MN. He now resides with his family in N. Morristown. Kevin earned his bachelor’s degree in engineering at DeVry Institute in KCMO, 1988. He has over 24 years in the telecommunications industry, acting as both a Director and General Manager for major wireless telecom companies. He now offers his services as General Manager at Mike’s Garage. He enjoys sharing his faith in Jesus, serving his neighbors, fixing things, gardening, and spending time with his 5 grandchildren.

Tyler Foster – Service Adviser


Tyler is from Apple Valley and resides there. He has a lot of family in Apple Valley as well which is why he chooses to stay. He graduated from Apple Valley high school in 1990 and studied Automotive Service Basics at DCTC Dakota County Tech College. Tyler has over 25 years experience in the automotive field. He worked for Goodyear for about 20 years, and was also self employed for 5 years. His favorite thing to do is tinkering around with the engine in most cars. He is interested in classic cars and Harley Davidson motorcycles.

Kyle McDonough – Automotive Technician


Kyle’s hometown is Faribault, MN. He’s a local automotive talent that was homeschooled K-12 and participated in FHS’s Automotive Program taught by Mark Lessman. Kyle received his automotive industry education at UTI and the Ford FACT Program. He now has over 2 years of professional automotive industry experience. He enjoys restoring antique tractors, playing bass guitar, snowmobiling, and spending time with his family.

Shawn Pederson – Automotive Technician


Shawn is from Lonsdale Mn. and currently resides in New Prague Mn. He graduated from Northfield High School. Shawn came from a successful 10 year career at McLane’s in Northfield. He enjoys fishing and camping, disc golf, BMX and grilling out and spending as much time as he can with his two daughters.

Mike Curtis – Automotive Technician


Mike is from New Market and is now currently living in Lonsdale MN. He graduated from New Prague High School and has an automotive degree from DCTC in Rosemount MN. He has 8 years experience in the automotive industry. Mike enjoys spending time with his family, being outdoors with his dogs, working on his Trans Am, and four wheeling.

John Marlenee – Automotive Technician


John grew up in Plentywood Montana with his identical twin brother Mark. John is 10 min older than Mark. John graduated High School in Montana and started attending Montana State University for two years for his basics soon after he became a student at a Vo-Tech College in Helena Montana where is received his diesel specialist degree in ’86. John has accumulated 28 years in the automotive field and loves every minute of it! Well after receiving his degree he got married and had 2 boys. They are now living in Northfield, MN. His oldest is in his first year of college and his youngest is a sophomore in High School. When John is not working on cars he loves any kind of sport, especially basketball; he played a lot of basketball back in the day. Though now with sports being pretty high on the list, now his absolute favorite thing to do is hunt; he loves hunting anything and everything which brings him to enjoy his cabin located up north!