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Fuel replaced at area stations after mishap with ethanol concentration

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ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Department of Commerce reports that fuel with higher-than-allowed concentrations of ethanol has been replaced at 37 stations in southern Minnesota, including a number in Renville County.

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The department has identified 38 gas stations and 10 secondary distributors in Minnesota that received gasoline with above-regulation concentrations. Investigators suspect 15 to 20 additional stations may have received non-regulation fuel from secondary distributors, according to information released Friday by the Commerce Department.

The investigation found concentrations of ethanol as high as 63 percent in a station in Springfield, and at 17 percent at another in Windom. The state requires a 10 percent ethanol concentration in regular fuel.

The higher concentration ethanol was identified, removed and replaced at these gas stations in Renville County: 212 & 1 Stop, Danube; and Farmer's Co-op Oil, Renville.

The Commerce Department also reported that two secondary distributors in Renville County -- the Farmers Union Oil Company and the Cenex Renville Cooperative, Renville -- also received the high blend of ethanol.

The higher-than-allowed concentrations are blamed on a mishap at Magellan Midstream Partners Petroleum in Mankato. As of Friday, it has removed and replaced the fuel from 37 of the 38 identified locations.

Other stations that had received but have replaced the fuel are in locations including Albert Lea, Austin, Belle Plain, Blue Earth, Essig, Gibbon, Mankato, New Ulm, Nicollet, Owatonna, Saint Peter, Sleepy Eye, North Mankato, Windom, and Winthrop.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
(320) 214-4335
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