By Roz Kohls
Ramona and Steve Strolberg of Cokato have found their new business, Cokato Licensing, to be detailed, but enjoyable.
The Strolbergs bought the Howard E. Morris Agency at 330 Broadway, Cokato, and officially opened for business Wednesday. They will host an open house at the remodeled office Friday, Dec. 7 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Cookies and coffee will be served, and there will be a door prize drawing for an ice-fishing license.
Ramona Strolberg, previously a stay-at-home mom, said they got the idea to buy the licensing agency from their friends, Greg and Debbie Holt. The Holts’ daughter, Amanda Boadi-Aboagye, was the previous owner of the agency. She recently had a baby, and she wanted to sell the agency so she could have more time with the baby, Strolberg said.
The Strolbergs farm at a 108-year old site, north of Dassel Cokato High School. They have three children, Levi, 16; Luke, 14; and Linsey, 12. Steve Strolberg will continue farming, and his wife will handle most of the work at Cokato Licensing.
Strolberg started working at the agency in August to learn the details of issuing licenses. Most of the Cokato Licensing customers have their car license renewed or get title transfers, she said.
“It’s wonderful. I enjoy working here and seeing the people come in,” Strolberg said.
Cokato Licensing also issues licenses for the Department of Natural Resources, such as fishing and hunting licenses, boat titles, and licenses for ATVs and snowmobiles.
In addition, Cokato Licensing issues the licenses for 17 automotive, vehicle and trailer dealers, such as Farm-Rite Equipment in Dassel, she said.
Cokato Licensing also processes licenses by mail, so their customers don’t need to drive to Cokato. Customers can mail their paperwork and payment to Cokato Licensing, PO Box 847, Cokato, MN 55321.
Another convenience for their customers is an ATM, available in the office, she said.
The interior of the office has been changed to four modules to assist customers. Clerks Hilaire Diers, Jean Schmidt and Carol Burau assist in processing licenses.
The agency’s hours have been extended through the noon hour. Starting Jan. 1, Cokato Licensing is open Mondays through Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Fridays 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturdays, 8 a.m. to noon.
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