Tried and True Small Engines Advisory Board

Photo Caption: Tried and True Advisory Board Members (left to right) James Grebenc (MNDOT), Jim Jorgenson (JJ’s Auction Service), Rick Olson (Olson Power & Equipment), Jim Goserud (Goserud Small Engine Service Repair), Jason Decker (Polaris). Not pictured: Justin Sawyer (FLHS), John Waldoch (Waldoch Sports).


Businesses that are in the trades have been experiencing difficulty finding qualified employees. Lakes Center for Youth & Families (LC4YF, formerly Lakes Area Youth Service Bureau) is working to address that. In February 2016, we launched a youth social enterprise program called Tried and True Small Engines. This free program allows teens to gain real world experience in an actual shop setting, with a professional mechanic.


The businessmen above are all dedicated to helping our local youth achieve successful futures in the trades. They are members of our Tried and True Small Engine’s Advisory Board. They volunteer their time at monthly meetings where they provide us insight on how to attain machine donations, offer suggestions on how to function the enterprise more efficiently, how to sell repaired machines, and also provide us with donations from their business or personal collection.


Tried and True is for teens 15-19 years old who want to gain mechanical experience. They diagnose, repair, and sell machines that have been donated by the community. Our mission is to help teens gain skills that will provide an advantage in a technical college and/or career. If you know a teen that this experience would be great for, tell them to apply for the next session! We are always accepting applications. We also accept donations of machines on Tuesdays and Thursday from 3:30-6:30pm and Saturdays, 9am-1pm at our shop location: 27540 Forest Blvd, Wyoming, MN 55092.


COME VISIT US! Tried and True will be at Lakes Area Expo at Maranatha Church in Wyoming, MN on Saturday, March 25. This is a family friendly event with free admission! Save the date for our Spring Machine Sale: Saturday, April 22nd at the Tried and True shop from 9am-1:00pm. For more information on these events or about Tried and True, give us a call at 651-464-3685 or visit