Kedrowski retires; Fussy takes over pumping business

Mark’s ‘Lil Dipper is now Fussy’s ‘Lil Dipper 

By Tina SnellStaff Writer

Mark’s ‘Lil Dipper, owned by Mark Kedrowski for the past 34 years, has changed hands.

“I will be 63 years old in June,” Kedrowski said. “My body is telling me to quit.”

As of the first of June, Mark’s ‘Lil Dipper’s new owner is Chris Fussy of Royalton. The name of the business will change to Fussy’s ‘Lil Dipper.

Chris Fussy, left, accepted the keys to the pumper truck from Mark Kedrowski after purchasing the business. Kedrowski is retiring and his friends may find him either in his garden or out fishing

Chris Fussy, left, accepted the keys to the pumper truck from Mark Kedrowski after purchasing the business. Kedrowski is retiring and his friends may find him either in his garden or out fishing

Kedrowski purchased the business in 1979 from Jim

Fietek.

“I got the business, the truck and two port-a-potties,” he said.

Kedrowski purchased 100 more port-a-potties over the years, and sold them in 2000 to Cans R Us.

“I found I was working too much,” he said.

Kedrowski says running a pumping business has changed over the years. With the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Natural Resources, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), the Clean Water Act and more, there is lots of paperwork and documentation that needs to be done.

“There are more headaches to the business than when I started,” he said.

In 1979, Kedrowski said no one called him unless there were problems with their septic system.

“Today, 80 percent of my work is scheduled,” he said. “Every year or two, I pump out each residence’s septic systems. People are getting smarter. They realize it’s expensive to replace and they want to keep them up.”

Also, in 1979 Kedrowski said all he had to do was turn the truck key to start his new business.

“Today, Fussy needed to attend school, pass tests, be bonded, insured and receive his general and maintainer licenses,” he said. “The MPCA also required I mentor him in 15 separate pumps.”

Kedrowski said the business is only getting busier with more and more holding tanks and systems popping up.

Fussy, who recently got married to Kelsie Marshik, said the licensing process took a year due to limited classes being offered. Besides the licensing, he will have to take continuing education classes every two years.

Prior to Fussy’s career change, he owned Chris Fussy’s Construction business.

“I bought the ‘Lil Dipper because the construction business has been slow and is not in a hurry to come back,” he said. “When I heard Mark wanted to sell a couple of years ago, I started talking to him about learning the business.”

Kedrowski will work with Fussy for a few months, teaching him the ropes, introducing him to customers and showing him how to maintain the truck. He will then consult for a year.

“The biggest problem Chris will have is finding the tanks on each property,” he said.

As for the future, Fussy said all he wants to do right now is get things running smoothly and grow the business.

Kedrowski’s future plans include purchasing a boat and motor and going fishing.

“I love to fish and haven’t done it in 20 years,” he said.

He will also be spending time in his two large gardens.

“There is no place closer to God than in the garden,” he said.

And as far as free time, Kedrowski is already busy with being president/treasurer of the Lone Eagle Auto Club, treasurer of the Sobieski Lions and chairman of Culdrum Township.

Kedrowski married Mary Kulus 30 years ago and the two have three children.

“I’m going to take it easy for a couple of years before I decide to do anything else,” he said.

To contact Chris Fussy and Fussy’s ‘Lil Dipper, call (320) 360-1161.

 

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