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Officials dedicate GF's first blender pumps

The first blender pumps in Grand Forks were formally dedicated Tuesday afternoon before more than a dozen supporters at the Valley Dairy store at 24th Avenue South and South Columbia Road. Along with ethanol-free gas for smaller engines and E-85 ...

The first blender pumps in Grand Forks were formally dedicated Tuesday afternoon before more than a dozen supporters at the Valley Dairy store at 24th Avenue South and South Columbia Road. Along with ethanol-free gas for smaller engines and E-85 fuel, the pumps also offer E-20 and E-30 blends of 20 percent and 30 percent ethanol respectively.

"These pumps take the power from the oil companies and puts that decision in the hands of consumers," said Brian Jennings, executive vice president of the American Coalition for Ethanol. Jennings also was in Grand Forks to attend the Bio-Mass '10 conference at the Energy and Environmental Research Center at UND.

"We're making a difference," said Merle Anderson, chairman emeritus of the American Coalition for Ethanol. "The ethanol industry has gained a lot in this country."

"With every gallon of ethanol that goes out, more corn is used and we become less dependent on foreign oil," said James Aarsvold, North Dakota Corn Growers.

Ken Pazdernik of the Minnesota Farmers Union said blender pumps are a boost to the local and U.S. economies.

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"We have to start moving in some direction to reduce our need for oil," Pazdernik said. "Money spent at these pumps is vested in this region and in this country."

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