Can You ‘Buy Local” at the Pump?

Can You ‘Buy Local” at the Pump?

July is Independent Retailer Month, a designation designed to encourage people to “buy local” whenever possible. Is buying local even possible, when it comes to fuels for our vehicles? It is, but it takes a little research. The first question you have to ask is “Is my vehicle flex fuel?” It’s easy to find out – just open your vehicle’s fuel lid and see if the words “flex fuel” or “E85” are written inside. It may have a yellow fuel cap, or a yellow ring around the cap-less fueling area. You can also consult your owner’s manual, or this list […]

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Fill Up On Local Food and Local Fuel During Restaurant Week

July 14th-19th is the Minneapolis-Saint Paul 2019 Restaurant week-a chance for you to try out a new eatery in the Twin Cities and fuel up on your favorite flex fuel along the way. There are 61 restaurants featured throughout the week, each of which offer lunch or dinner options for a great price, so you can check out somewhere new or head back to one of your favorite spots. A common theme many well-loved restaurants share these days are their connections to local farmers. Minnesotans have great pride in choosing food that is produced locally by hard-working community members. This […]

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Summer: Sunny Skies, Warmer Nights, and Ozone?!?

Of all the different types of air pollution, only one is directly linked to the sunshine and warm temperatures so many of us enjoy in July. Ozone pollution is a problem seen usually only during the summer months in Minnesota. That’s because for ground level ozone to form, three things must happen: first, there must be a source of nitrogen oxides (NOx). Unfortunately, many of our vehicle tailpipes are emitting NOx, even as you read this. Second, there must be a source of volatile organic compounds, commonly known as VOCs. Again, there is no shortage of sources for this type […]

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Minnesotans Can Celebrate Two Types of Independence This July 4th

“I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival… It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade with shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.” – John Adams It’s not easy to guess how events in the present will be remembered in the future, but John Adams was right in guessing that the 4th of July would become a popular (and noisy) holiday for many Americans. Independence Day is also a good time to […]

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