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Monday, 26 October 2020 18:25

A New Repair Shop in Town

Written by Kevin Mertens, Faribault County Register
John Koestler stands outside of his shop, which used to be the home of Paul’s Exhaust and Auto Service. Koestler is a veteran who has returned to the Blue Earth area to do a job he loves. His shop is open Monday through Friday. John Koestler stands outside of his shop, which used to be the home of Paul’s Exhaust and Auto Service. Koestler is a veteran who has returned to the Blue Earth area to do a job he loves. His shop is open Monday through Friday.

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He took the summer off after high school before enlisting in the U.S. Army, where he became a light-wheel vehicle mechanic.

 

“I then became an all-wheel mechanic,” Koestler explained. “But I decided to become a forklift operator so I could deploy.”

 

He had deployments in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait.

 

“I eventually served as the shop foreman at Bagram Air Base in Parvan Province, Afghanistan,” Koestler said. “I was honorably discharged in 2015. I loved being a soldier but I can make more money and a better living outside of the service.”

 

He said his time in the service gave him some valuable experience.

 

“Being in Iraq was very interesting because we did not have many tools so working on vehicles was challenging,” Koestler said. “Then I went to Kuwait and I had all kinds of tools available to use.”

 

When he returned to the Blue Earth area, he worked for various automobile repair shops, including Flaherty Auto when they were in Fairmont and Jay’s Shop in Blue Earth.

 

Jay Johnson owned Jay’s at the time and he saw potential in me,” Koestler said. “So he added another stall to his business and I had a job.”

 

The name Circle K has some family history. His father once owned Circle K Auto Body and his brother, who lives in Mora, owns Circle K Septic and Excavating.


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