Thanks to the help of readers, I have the answers to the Wright's Small Engine Service situation.

Dave Miller, who handled all of the repair work for Fred Wright for years, has been working to repair and return all of the 130 lawnmowers stored at Wright's, when it suddenly closed in March.

Wright unexpectedly handed off the business to Miller with some spotty paperwork. Since then, Miller has taken on the responsibility of tuning up and returning the 130 mowers to their owners.

Under the name of Miller's Lawnmower Repair, he has whittled the 130 mowers down to 10. There are still a few mowers as well as chainsaws/trimmers that he doesn't records on how to contact the owners.

If you have stored equipment with Wright's and haven't been contacted, Miller can be called at 993-4328

He does not have storefront like Wright did, though Miller is leasing Rochester warehouse space to store equipment and has a repair shop in Spring Valley.

He offers free pick up and delivery for customers.



In February, Fred Wright closed Wright’s Small Engine Service at 1432 Third Ave. SE, after 27 years of fixing lawnmowers and tuning up snowblowers in Rochester.

He cited the "lack of snow" this past winter as why he decided to pull the plug at that time, when I talked to him for a column on the abrupt closure of his business. That seemed kind of odd.

I thought that would be the last time I dealt with Wright or his small engine shop. However, this story has lingered longer than a Minnesota winter.

When Wright closed the doors, he had a lot of lawnmowers and snowblowers belonging to customers stored at his shop. And the customers weren't informed of what was happening.

Many learned about the closing in my column.

Soon after my article ran, many of his customers reached out to me to find out how to get their property back. Wright was not returning their calls and was not easy to find.

I managed to get a message to him and he called me to say that he had handed off his customer list. The new mechanic was in the process of contacting customers, so he assured me that everything was resolved and there was no need for me to write about him again.

However, his customers seem to have another view of the situation. I'm still getting emails and phone calls from Wright's customers wondering about their lawnmowers and other property.

Some of the people calling are elderly ladies, who are worried about not being able to mow their lawns, because the man they trusted with their lawnmowers hasn't returned them.

Does anyone out there know what the story is with Wright or where these lawnmowers are?

If anyone knows Fred Wright, please tell him to contact me to finally resolve this. I'd like to write an article explaining how his customers can get their lawnmowers (and snowblowers or whatever).

What's your reaction?


Business Reporter

Jeff has worked at newspapers as a reporter, columnist, editor, photographer and copy editor since 1992. He started at the Post Bulletin in 1999. Kiger is the PB's business reporter and writes a daily column, "Heard on the Street."

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