Get to know us. Kanabec Systems is a locally owned and operated technology service and consulting firm serving the Mora area and beyond. Because we aren’t a big company (or a part of one), you can rest assured that we’ll be right here tomorrow – just like we have been for more than a decade.
You’ll be able to work with the same person throughout the entire process of doing business with us, and you’ll able to call that same person any time in the future if you have questions. No one else can offer the level of personal service that we do.
Isn’t it time you tried Kanabec Systems? Give us a call or email us to find out more.
How to Call Us: Just dial (320) 679-5575 in the north, or (763) 244-3225 in the south. When you call, you may choose to speak with someone or to leave a message, which also pages us if we’re out.
How to E-mail Us: Send your message to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include the word “ThisIsNotSpam” in the subject of your message. Since we get hundreds of unsolicited emails each day, it’s crucial that you include the word “ThisIsNotSpam” in the subject – otherwise your message is likely to be eaten by our spam filter, and will never be seen by anyone.
How to Find Us: We’re at 1462 Highway 65, five miles south of Mora (or a mile north of Highway 70). We’re on the east side of the road; look for the big tan building with the green roof. See the map.
There’s always lots of parking out front. Be sure to enter through the main door – it’s the green one, located under the log entryway.
Where We Operate: Although we are free to serve customers from just about anywhere, we tend to do most of our business within the area shown on the map below (it’s what we consider our “primary service area”, especially for on-site work).
If you’re located within the highlight, there’s no doubt – Kanabec Systems is your local technology problem solver.
Depending on your situation, we can – and often do – work outside of the highlighted area. We’ve frequently worked in places like North Branch, Grantsburg, and Osceola to the east; Forest Lake, Blaine, and even first-ring suburbs like Roseville to the south; Milaca, Princeton, and Onamia to the west; and even up towards Brainerd and Cloquet on occasion. Carry-in customers sometimes come from even farther… or by shipping their equipment in some cases!
Pronunciation Guide: Lots of people have a tough time saying our company’s first name and our owner’s last name. So, for your reference, here’s how to pronounce them properly:
- Kanabec is said like “ken-eh-beck” (with the ‘eh’ said as a long ‘a’, like the Canadians do). Most locals do not approve of the pronunciation “can-uh-beck”, although a few insist on saying it that way. Such pronunciation is usually associated with cidiots, or weekenders.
- Thelen rhymes with what you might do with apples or potatoes before you eat them (peelin’) or what used car dealers spend their time doing (wheelin’ and dealin’), not the fruit you grow in the garden (melon) or the activity which the car dealer is hoping to partake in (sellin’).
A little background. When we say “us” and “we”, it’s really more like “myself and the company” (old habit). You know who the company is, but who am I?
That would be me, Keith Thelen, the owner and proprietor here at Kanabec Systems. I’ve been “hacking” on computers (in the ‘creating, tinkering and problem solving’ sense, that is – anything else would be properly referred to as cracking) since grade school, and started out in the repair business a decade ago with a bunch of old machines and a bench in the garage.
Needless to say, things have changed a bit since then. I now do repair and consulting work full-time here at my shop near Mora. My customers range from individuals and home users to small businesses and mid-sized companies, so there’s always something new to work on (which is what I really like about my job).
Besides working with computers, I’ve taken lots of short trips into various other fields as a consultant, a volunteer, or just a curious helper. I’ve been a layout editor and graphics designer, held a variety of positions in broadcast-related projects (from announcing to engineering), worked on a number of wireless communications projects (two-way, paging, microwave, etc.), and spent time on a telephone system or two.
Some say I’m a die-hard tech nut, or even a computer geek. But I believe there are few things that can compare to the thrill of learning, of creating something that works – it’s one of the things that keep me going, and something I’ll never grow tired of pursuing.
I’ve had lots of great experiences, and look forward to many more in the years to come. If you still want to know more, you can read up on where I’ve been and what I’ve been up to in the Awards & Press section.