Diesel islands coming to River’s Edge Coop

River’s Edge on the western edge of Flandreau will put in a 30,000-gallon diesel tank for three islands to service semis.

River’s Edge Coop is adding high-speed diesel pumps west of its convenience store.
The project, projected to cost about a half million dollars, will include three islands for semis, which is called a master satellite configuration. Work begins this week and could take up to six weeks to two months to complete, depending on weather, said Bob Holmoe, general manager.
The ground will be excavated for an 11-feet by 44-feet tank that will hold 30,000 gallons.
Holmoe said the islands are needed because more farmers own more semis these days, there are a lot of over-the-road trucks in the area and the number of semis going to and from dairies in the county has increased.
“We have a lot of farmer customers,” he said.
The business will keep its diesel area for pickups at its current pump area.
The high-speed pumps fill trucks about two-and-a-half times faster than traditional pumps, Holmoe said.
The other closest diesel islands are at the Colman exit on Interstate 29.
River’s Edge, which has been in business since 1939, is locally owned by cooperative members and governed by a local board of directors. The business started its fertilizer plant north of the convenience store in 1979.

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