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Published August 30, 2012, 09:45 AM

West Fargo fueling station shutting down for maintenance

West Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A major fueling station in West Fargo is shutting down for maintenance, and now farmers are being urged to fuel up to make sure they'll have enough before the harvest.

West Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A major fueling station in West Fargo is shutting down for maintenance, and now farmers are being urged to fuel up to make sure they'll have enough before the harvest.

This Magellan fueling station will be closed the 15th through the 19th. That's why Dakota Plains Cooperative officials are urging their farmers to make sure they have a full supply of fuel.

Ken Astrup – General Manager, Dakota Plains Co-Op: “Biggest issue is that they might find themselves in the position of not be able to run the combine.”

General Manager of Dakota Plains Cooperative Ken Astrup supplies fuel to numerous farmers in our area. He hopes farmers the company supplies to will get the message and be prepared.

The Magellan Fuel Station is closing for scheduled maintenance, but its stations will remain open in Grand Forks and Alexandria. Astrup says the plant in Valley City can hold up to about 100 thousand gallons of fuel, but could be gone very quickly if farmers wait and that can cause more problems.

Ken Astrup: “The biggest issue is where are we going to get the product for ourselves here, we'd have to go to Grand Forks to get it in Alexandria. If we go to Grand Forks that adds another minimum of 150 miles to us getting it which would be close to another 2 and a half to 3 hours for our drivers, plus if everyone is going up to Grand Forks to get product, the lines at the terminal are going to be long.”

Astrup says although this may cause a slight hic-up, in the long run it's going to be very beneficial, it will lead to faster and more efficient fuel up's.

Magellan officials agree this is an improvement and it shouldn't affect the average gas fuel up or price.

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