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Ellsworth native starts well pump service

Jake Rohl was faced with two opportunities recently he couldn't resist.

One was the start-up of his business, Rohl Pump Service.

"I had gotten the information a year ago and thought it was a pipe dream at the time," he said.

However, things started to change and, by September, he earned his pump installer license, launching the business.

"Once I passed, things took off from there," he said.

Rohl has been in the well drilling business for the last seven years, spending the last 3? at Tim Butterfield Well Drilling of Somerset.

"He's been extremely generous and more than willing to do what I need to do to grow my business," Rohl said. "I go to work for him when I'm not working for myself."

He also wanted to commend fellow co-worker Randy Bates for the donation of his work truck. Bates, like Rohl, has an independent business of his own.

For Rohl Pump Service, Jake said he receives calls about troubles people have with their water wells. For example, the options could be no water coming, water smelling, possible low pressure or weird noises coming from the well.

It's a line of work that suits him to a T.

"I like being outside, along with the fact every job is different," he said. "Most people are extremely grateful when you get the job done and have water again."

The second opportunity addresses Ellsworth, where he now lives, once again.

Rohl, the son of Dick and Penny Rohl of Ellsworth, is a 1991 Ellsworth High School graduate. He and wife Cheri moved to Hudson, where they spent six years before moving to Somerset to be closer to his work.

Jake and Cheri were in Somerset for about a year when they got a change of heart.

"Cheri and I moving back here was an opportunity I couldn't turn down," he said, as they moved to Ellsworth last month. "We moved back here to be closer to my family and friends."

The move to Ellsworth, he feels, will also benefit his business because Ellsworth is in a central location, he could go in any direction and be there in a certain amount of time.

"I feel I could go anywhere in Pierce or St. Croix County, depending on the job," he said. "With the population (in St. Croix County), one can't afford to touch it."

Jake said he was aware of the risks in starting his own business, but felt the support he got from Cheri along with his parents and the resulting effects was worth it.

"I know it's going to be slow and I have to be patient," he said. "...But I got the opportunity, so I figured I'll give it a shot.

"I realize the potential it could have for us."

Rohl handles all types of water well pumps and pressure systems along with servicing farms and residences. For more information, call (715) 497-4110 or visit

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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