Helping with the E-85 Challenge were (l to r): U of M Morris Vice Chancellor for Finance and Facilities Bryan Herrmann, West Central Research and Outreach Center's Mike Reese, farmer Greg Fynboh, and Denco II"s Mick Miller. (Photo: Marshall Hoffman)

In December, the Denco II ethanol processing plant and the Morris Model teamed up to present the E-85 Challenge, hoping to raise awareness and usage of the locally-produced high-octane fuel. Mick Miller of Denco II said on the KMRS Community Connection that residents in Stevens County stepped up to the challenge.

“We had a great month,” said Miller. “We were striving for about 12,000 gallons of E-85 sales throughout the month of December at our four local stations. That’s about a 20% increase versus what we would normally see. So, we certainly had a successful program. We sold just in excess of 12,000, about 12,400 gallons were sold here locally in Morris.”

Miller said they hope to continue working with the Morris Model to roll out the challenge each year, although they may try having one in mid-summer next time. Three E-85 users won $100 Visa gift cards in a random drawing for turning in their fuel recipts: Chris Athey, Barry Nelson and Juanita Staples. And Ben Schlieman won a $500 Visa gift card for using the most E-85 gallons in the month of December. Those prizes were provided by Denco II, Ag Country, Bremer and Riverwood Banks.

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