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Consumer protection agencies are fielding complaints after a Minnesota fuel distributor provided diesel-tainted gasoline to outlets in southeast Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa.

Magellan Midstream Partners alerted the Minnesota Department of Commerce Saturday that small amounts of diesel had been added to gas distributed from its Rochester terminal that was delivered to 44 stations mostly between Rochester, Sparta, Wis., and Decorah, Iowa.

Ross Corson, director of communications for the Department of Commerce, said Magellan is in the process of replacing or diluting the contaminated fuel to acceptable standards. The department will be testing samples at Minnesota outlets to ensure the problem is corrected.

Corson said consumer protection agencies in Wisconsin and Iowa have also been alerted.

The contamination is not expected to cause long-term damage, according to the DOC, but could lead to poor vehicle performance. Customers affected can contact consumer protection agencies in the states where the gasoline was purchased.

Kwik Trip, which operates all but 11 of the affected stations, has replaced the bad gas and will compensate any customers affected, said company spokesman John McHugh.

The La Crosse-based chain had received two complaints by Monday afternoon.

McHugh said anyone who notices engine knock should have the problem checked out by a mechanic and file a claim on the Kwik Trip website.

“We would get it all taken care of and send Magellan a bill,” McHugh said. “They don’t have to wait for a response from a state agency.”

Tainted gas station list

A Minnesota distributor supplied diesel-tainted gasoline to 44 stations in Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin on Oct. 14-15, 2017, according to the Minnesota Department of Commerce.

Store Name Street City State
Kwik Trip #623 7020 Hwy. 61 W. Minnesota City Minn.
Kwik Trip #428 330 Second Ave. SE Cresco Iowa
Kwik Trip #629 801 Mechanic St Decorah Iowa
Farmers Coop Fredericksburg Iowa
Hy-Vee #1027 1001 18th Ave. NW Austin Minn.
Casey’s General Store #2843 Blooming Prairie Minn.
Kwik Trip #622 Byron Minn.
Kwik Trip #619 409 S. Mantorville Ave. Kasson Minn.
Kwik Trip #814 115 S Knowlton St Kellog Minn.
Kwik Trip #437 319 S. Third St. La Crescent Minn.
Kwik Trip #844 994 Lyon Ave. Lake City Minn.
Kwik Trip #152 Mapewood Minn.
Kwik Trip #869 Oakdale Minn.
High Plains COOP 240 Broadway Ave. Plainview Minn.
Kwik Trip #245 95 Fourth Ave. SE Plainview Minn.
Casey’s General Store #1767 4500 18th Ave. NW Rochester Minn.
Casey’s General Store #2269 1600 Eastwood Road SW Rochester Minn.
Kwik Trip #321 1350 Salem Road SW Rochester Minn.
Kwik Trip #341 315 12th St. Rochester Minn.
Kwik Trip #357 1221 Marion Road SE Rochester Minn.
Kwik Trip #433 560 11th Ave. NW Rochester Minn.
Kwik Trip #464 4760 Commercial Drive SW Rochester Minn.
Kwik Trip #659 1990 Scott Road NW Rochester Minn.
Kwik Trip #843 106 Hiawatha Drive Wabasha Minn.
Ag Partners Wanamingo Minn.
Casey’s General Store #2832 214 State St. N. West Concord Minn.
Kwik Trip #746 1058 Homer Road Winona Minn.
Severson Oil Co. 508 Louisa St, Winona Minn.
Severson Oil Co. 1560 W. Service Drive Winona Minn.
Kwik Trip #463 100 Jefferson Drive E. Zumbrota Minn.
Kwik Trip #737 Lewiston Minn.
Kwik Trip #802 603 N. Main St. Alma Wis.
Thaler/Express Mart 19756 Hwy. X Chippewa Falls Wis.
Kwik Trip #750 4828 Mormon Coulee Road La Crosse Wis.
Kwik Trip #761 500 Cass St. La Crosse Wis.
Kwik Trip #816 3130 State Road La Crosse Wis.
Kwik Trip #826 4605 Mormon Coulee Road La Crosse Wis.
Kwik Trip #350 9421 Hwy. 16 Onalaska Wis.
Kwik Trip #377 1802 Hwy. S Onalaska Wis.
Kwik Trip #383 408 Sand Lake Road Onalaska Wis.
Kwik Trip #494 W6782 Abbey Road Onalaska Wis.
Kwik Trip #767 229 Oak Forest Drive Onalaska Wis.
Kwik Trip #317 1751 W. Wisconsin St. Sparta Wis.
Kwik Trip #684 985 Hwy. 16 West Salem Wis.
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