|5/7/2020 9:48:00 AM|
Motorheads fulfills father and son's 20 year dream
|Motorheads will open their doors in Longville on May 4. The father and son duo of Charlie and Eric Ross will service ATVís, UTVís, snowmobile and marine engines along with parts, apparel and new-to-you machines and consignments. Pictured from left is Jacob Burskin-Klemen, head mechanic; Eric and Charlie Ross, owners and Dave Cribb, former building owner. Photo by Ally Garbe.|
By Ally Garbe for the Press-CitizenEveryone has desires and aspirations for themselves, and sometimes as a family as well. Some find their way over time, while others know from before they understood what 'forward momentum' was. It's been difficult for some to find clarity in life lately. Charlie and Eric Ross, however, have finally fulfilled a plan that's been in the works for over 20 years- even if it was only a dream. The father-son team have had a shared goal: to own and operate a small engine mechanic shop together.
Like so many others that have made their way to the lovely Northland over the years, Charlie and Eric have been aspiring to make the final jump from Dayton, MN. For 10 years, the family has had a cabin on Big Sand Lake in Remer. Hunting, fishing, tapping for maple syrup, and riding trails, obviously, are just a few of the favorite activities they have when they aren't tinkering at the cabin. "We've been looking for the perfect place to begin building our dream," Charlie stated.
"Eric has been riding on things with fuel since before he could walk," he reminisces. "Then, he would take it all apart. I called him 'Motorhead' all the time."
The Rosses weren't the first to see the potential of their compounding plans in this white shop. In 2003, Dave and Michelle Cribb moved Up North, purchasing Johnson Marine. "It had been time for us to get out of the on-the-move routine," Dave commented. Their children grew up swimming, fishing, exploring, and learning in Longville and Remer. In 2015, they chose to exit the business of boat engine repair for good. They stayed close, retiring north of Walker and renting out their Longville properties. "This is the best place on Earth."
Cribb is looking forward to seeing where the Rosses take their dream, which is so parallel to his, and they're excited to get to work. Jacob Burskin-Klemen of Remer will be their head mechanic. Dave and Charlie smiled while watching Jacob and Eric laugh together, preparing for their opening days. "These guys just want to wrench on engines; they've got Cylinder-itis. And Jacob knows what he's doing," Charlie said. "I think we've got the trifecta going on here. Opportunity, talent and location. We've got just the right pieces and people to make it happen. We're happy to be part of a town that's working together."
"In spite of COVID-19, I see a lot of potential and a lot of changes here. It's been great to see the rejuvenation and dedication in Downtown over the last few months, even years," Cribb mentioned. A number of new businesses have worked to find their place; long-standing friends and neighbors have pushed to revitalize their storefronts and aisles. Take a look for yourself. You may just find it's time for you to follow your dreams in Longville.
Eric recently graduated from Bemidji State University with a degree in Business Management. "I'm excited to get started doing the things I love and to get to know the people of the community better," he said. He's always known Bemidji State was the college he wanted to go to. "They provided everything I could hope for in academics and outdoor activities."
Motorheads plans to open their doors Monday, May 4th, offering services and some storage for UTVs, ATVs, snowmobiles and marine engines, as well as selling parts, apparel, new-to-you machines and consignment opportunities, to name a few.
When asked what their favorite part about living in the Lakeland is, all four responded immediately: the outdoors. So, get out there, folks! Cruise the trails, cultivate your lawn, crash into the water and call Motorheads to help get you to the next project.
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