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Hometown Repair opens on Main Street Perham

Hometown Repair has opened on the east end of Perham's Main Street. Pictured at center are owners Lee and Sheryl Metcalf. At left is Steve Rogers and at right is Joe Schmitz. Combined, the three mechanics have more than 70 years of experience in the auto business.

Cars have been a way of life for the trio of experienced service and repair pros that form the new "Hometown Repair" business on east Main Street in Perham.

Combined, Lee Metcalf, Joe Schmitz and Steve Rogers have nearly 75 years in the auto business. In the case of Schmitz, he is a third generation auto guy, whose grandfather helped establish Schmitz Ford in Perham. Joe has been working with cars since 1982.

Lee Metcalf, who owns the new business with his wife Sheryl, has been in the auto business since 1981. The North Dakota native worked in the Twin Cities metro area, and in recent years at Nereson in Detroit Lakes and Phelp's Family Ford.

It was at Phelp's where the three worked together, said Schmitz. When Phelp's closed, about a year ago, "we were working out of town, but wanted to get back closer to home," said Schmitz.

With Rogers a diesel-certified mechanic, the trio can handle about any repair need. In addition to autos and light trucks, they can work on small engines and lawn and garden equipment.

Hometown Repair will host an open house all day Sept. 18, where the public is invited to come in for lunch from noon to 3 p.m. Metcalf, Schmitz and Rogers will display and demonstrate the range of brand new equipment. The shop boasts three new, 10,000 pound hoists; computer diagnostic equipment capable of analyzing all makes and models; new air conditioner equipment; and a tie installation unit.

"We want to be here a long time, and take care of the needs for the community," said Metcalf. "We're not interested in being the biggest shop--just the best."