Herald Journal, Sept. 12, 2005
New Do It Yourself Rental owners take over
By Ryan Gueningsman
A local couple has taken over the reins of Do It Yourself Rental in Lester Prairie.
Bob Thiesfeld and Julie Havelka, who live north of Silver Lake, bought the business from Ray Serna, and took over operation Aug. 13.
“We’ve been looking to start our own business for a few years,” Thiesfeld said. “This came up and we thought we’d give it a try.”
The two have already added some new pieces of equipment that can be rented from the business, including a Bobcat, as well as a post hole auger, and a leveling bar, both accessories for the Bobcat. A brush cutter and a truss setter have also been added to the product line.
All of the previous rental equipment is still available, including equipment for drywalling, flooring, pressure washers, grass seeders, and about 350 other miscellaneous pieces. The store also features helium balloons.
The two most popular rental pieces the couple has noticed are the boom lift and the stump chipper. Thiesfeld said a majority of their customer base is from the immediate area, including Lester Prairie, Winsted, Silver Lake, Howard Lake, Norwood Young America, and Glencoe.
“So far, everything has gone pretty smooth,” Thiesfeld said, noting Do It Yourself Rental has been in Lester Prairie for about 13 years. The couple also purchased the house attached to the property, have fixed it up, and are currently renting it out.
Both Thiesfeld and Havelka grew up in the Glencoe area. Thiesfeld worked at Lake Region Manufacturing in Chaska as a facilities supervisor for 16 years, then worked for a general contractor for two-and-a-half years, before leaving to pursue his own business.
The two have one daughter, Brittany, who is involved with school activities, but will be helping out at the store occasionally.
A grand opening is tentatively planned for Saturday, Sept. 17 in conjunction with the citywide garage sale day in Lester Prairie. Snacks and beverages will be provided, and Thiesfeld and Havelka hope to meet a lot of people and show what the rental business has to offer.
The store will continue to be open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. People can also check online at www.diyrental.com