Who are we?
Mike's Garage first opened its doors in 2007 as a small 2 bay shop in Faribault. It is owned and operated by Mike and Sarah Kawell. Growing up in Faribault Mike went through the automotive classes at the High School and entered into a Ford/AAA auto skills challenge. He won the state competition which landed him a scholarship to an automotive college. After graduating from college he worked as a dealer mechanic from 1997 to 2007 when he decided to open his own auto repair shop. Since 2007 Mike's Garage has grown quickly due to their high quality work, honesty, and customer loyalty. In 2011 they decided to build an 8000 sq. ft. state of the art auto service center in order to accommodate their customer's needs. The new location opened to the public November 2011. Mike stays involved with all aspects of the business. You will often find him still working under the hood, at the front desk or in his office keeping up on the logistics of the business. Sarah keeps up with the accounting and raising their two children at home.
Mike Kawell — Owner
Growing up in Faribault Mike went through the automotive classes at the High School and entered into a Ford/AAA auto skills challenge. He won the state competition which landed him a scholarship to an automotive college. After graduating from college he worked as a dealer mechanic from 1997 to 2007 when he decided to open his own auto repair shop.
Kevin Kawell — General Manager
His hometown is Faribault and now resides with his family in N. Morristown. Kevin earned his bachelor’s degree in engineering at DeVry Institute in KCMO in 1988. He has over 24 years in the telecommunications industry where he held the positions of 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.
Steve Strauss — Service Advisor
His hometown is Waseca and now resides with his family in Prior Lake. Steve attended high school in Waseca before serving in the Air Force for 10 years. He has held lead advisor positions for Tires Plus and Apply Valley Ford. His industry experience encompasses 18 years and counting. Some of his interests and hobbies include fishing and football.
Dan Jorgenson — Automotive Technician
His hometown was Lakeville and now resides with his family in Webster. Dan earned a 2 Year Applied Science Degree from Anoka County Technical College coupled with 2 Years of specialized training in GM’s ASEP (Automotive Service Educational Program). He has served in the automotive industry for over 28 years professionally. Some of his interests and hobbies include boating, fishing and auto racing.
Kyle McDonough — Automotive Technician
His hometown is Faribault, MN. He is a local automotive talent that was homeschooled K-12 and participated in FHS’s Automotive Program taught by Mark Lessman. Kyle attended UTI and the Ford FACT program to obtain his education in the auto industry. He now has over 2 years professionally in the industry. Some of his interests and hobbies include restoring antique tractors, playing bass guitar, snowmobiling and spending time with family.
Shawn Pederson — Automotive Apprentice
His hometown is Lonsdale, MN where he currently resides with his family. He graduated from Montgomery HS. Shawn came from a successful 10 year career at McLane’s in Northfield to join the team at Mike’s Garage. His interests and hobbies include Fishing and Camping.