There were long lines at Fuel-N-More, Inc. Wednesday for two hours as customers queued up to get 30 cents a gallon off of their purchase of ethanol. Normal price at the pump Wednesday was $1.36.9.
Fuel-N-More owner Norm Nielsen reported 2,940 gallons of ethanol gasoline was pumped from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sponsors for the event were Fuel-N-More, Plymouth County Farm Bureau, American Bank, Agriliance L.L.C. and WNAX Radio from Yankton, S.D.
"WNAX came around and wanted to know if were were interested in participating," said Nielsen. Fuel-N-More held a gasohol promotion a few years ago with good success. State Rep. Ralph Klemme pumped gas at that time, and was on hand Wednesday to again promote the use of ethanol.
Don Burwitz of American Bank and Bob Jones of AgriLiance also manned the pumps with Fuel-N-More employees, while Plymouth County Farm Bureau's Regional Manager Mark Bohner directed traffic into the station.
The 30-cent per gallon savings was returned to patrons in yellow-colored dimes by representatives of WNAX. "The purpose of the colored dimes is to see how the money circulates throughout the community and how fast they travel," said Nielsen.
"This county raises a lot of corn and we need to promote products to improve the prices our farmers receive for their products," said Bohner of the Farm Bureau's involvement in the day's activities. "One of our goals is to help raise the prices for our farmers. This is the first time we have done an ethanol promotion in Plymouth County."