I stopped up to see how the GoFaster’s Power Sports and Marine move was going this morning. Wow! The work that Dustin Roggenbuck has done on the 38,000+ sq ft. warehouse building along Highway 75 is impressive! This additional space will allow expansion for not only their showroom and accessory items but also much-needed space for their expanding service shop. They also now have additional space available for winter storage of boats, pontoons and RV’s. GoFasters is a full range power sports and marine dealership. They also sell all season specific gear – from outerwear to snowmobilers, to helmets and specialized gear to offroad riders year-round, to paddle boards and life jackets to boaters in the summer. Their service shop works on everything from boats, pontoons, ATVs, dirt bikes, street bikes, snowmobiles, generators, and side by sides. With this large amount of additional space, they will be able to create that one stop shop. GoFaster’s also sells docks and provides an install service for docks and lifts along the lake for those in need of this service once the ice goes out.
Dustin and his family live and breath “outdoors” and outdoor toys – so you can be assured that he is well acquainted with the machines that they distribute and that they carry the accessories to go with them! Check out the video below of Dustin and Amy’s son as he takes his snowmobile over any jump area he can find – a good indication of how much time this family spends outdoors! Dustin’s parents, Steve and Linda Roggenbuck, own Progressive Collision & Glass which is also located here in Ortonville – and Dustin’s wife Amy is in partnership at Johnson and Roggenbuck, PA – Certified Public Accountants. — It is great to see this young family return to Ortonville to settle back into the area and investing in not only their businesses but also investing in the community – Dustin is currently on the Ortonville City Council, and until recently has served on the Park Board while Amy has served on the Ortonville EDA Board until she reached the point that she needed to focus more time on the growing business/partnership – and of course time for family and outdoor power sports!
Dustin & Amy’s youngster riding his snowmobile below.
… and a “THANK YOU” shout out to Mark Berg for establishing GoFaster’s in Ortonville back in 2002! Mark has been a strong community supporter in Ortonville and we’ll continue to see him off and on – he has a home on Big Stone Lake and strong friendship ties to the area since moving here. There have been some changes since the GasGas dirtbike online business started as part of GoFasters – with both his involvement along with Steve Berkner’s in racing, this online business quickly became the number one location in the USA for parts for the brand. A new company from Spain, Torrot, bought the rights to GasGas and then hired Mark as the COO for North America. They employ 10 people and have over 75 dealers in the USA with 8 more in Canada. In 2018 they set a new record for sales of GasGas in the USA. Their warehouse is currently in Watertown – which is what brought Dustin back into the business. So although Mark is moving in a different direction, he has worked with Dustin to keep GoFasters Powersports & Marine in Ortonville!
Check out a few photos that I took this morning from their store-front area and watch GoFaster’s Facebook page for the photos as their shop, showroom and storage areas are finalized.
Now, a few “Quick Takes”
The Ortonville EDA had appointed a Housing Committee to work with the Minnesota Housing Partnership (MHP) to review available housing, identify the top needs and then to reach out to potential developers that would build the needs identified. Imagine the excitement when we received word that there were two developers looking to develop – the very developments that the Committee was hoping to target! The properties to be developed are owned by the City/Ortonville Area Health Services and were put on the market recently – just prior to the release of the RFP from the Housing Committee. I think it is safe for me to say that John Hartman of Shady Oak Realty was able to connect interested developers with the properties much faster than anticipated by anyone! Needless to say, the Ortonville EDA has put a hold on the housing RFP.
One development will be through the sale of Northridge Residence. The developers are local to the area and are looking to do extensive updates to the building which will provide 2 and 3 bedroom rental units – they are planning to have the first four units completed by the end of August! Watch for updates on this project as things move forward – we are very excited that they have chosen Ortonville to invest in our housing need!
The second housing development will be a 4-plex which will be located near Fairway View in the newly platted City lots. More details on both housing developments will be posted as they progress.
New Dental Office Coming to Ortonville
And a quick photo update on the new Bluestem Dental (Hilleren) building’s progress. I know many of you are anxious for them to open in Ortonville! (Although we do have an awesome dental practice already – Dr. Steven Winther – his practice is full and we’ve been in need of an expansion in dental providers)
Hotel – New Owners – Major Updates in the Works!
You’ve likely noticed the changes happening to the Hotel along Highway 75 – Vali Vu has new owners and they are completely remodeling and upgrading the rooms. The first four rooms are due to be complete any day now – and I’m anxious to see them! Besides a total update, their decorating plans really sound interesting! The exterior is also getting a complete update – so if you drive by tomorrow… that is not the end plan! I’ll have updated photos coming soon.
And, there is the update! If you’d like more information on the City of Ortonville, please check out the City’s website: www.MNOrtonville.com