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SENTINEL TRIBUNE Area Focus Wednesday, March 10, 2004 Competition anc l 003upply drives prices - From page l WWG Middle 00,00:hool Pops Coi Erickson said it drives us crazy trying to keep up with it. When asked about what drives prices, Erickson said a lot of it is m a n made supply problems. China is becoming a big importer of oil, it was only a few years ago they were exporting oil. Erickson bases his pric- ing on his costs, and the price in surrounding com- munities. When you get a load of fuel in that costs you a nickel a gallon more than the last load, you have to raise the price. He pointed out the reason you see some stations go up before others is usually due to the supply on hand. Winter heating oil costs are also affected by many factors including how cold or mild the winter is. Colder than usual temperatures in December through mid January helped push up crude oil prices. Dave Hoyt of Hoyt Oil in Walnut Grove said "Competition" -- that's the biggest factor in how he sets his prices locally. Hoyt said "it helps when the media talks about higher gas prices in other areas when we are priced lower. It seems like the cities prices go up over the weekend then back down after the week- end. That's not an issue here." Gas wars in neighboring towns affect their business. Places like Wal-Mart and HyVee have a lot of effect on area gas prices. They give discounts when you shop in their stores. In May the prices some- times go up when refineries close down their supplies of specially formulated gas for different emission require- ments. This can cause tem- porary shortages that can raise gas prices. Hoyt said the bottom line is "supply and demand." Hoyt would like to see the use of ethanol expanded. He feels without any changes people could burn a blend of 20 percent ethanol. He has .heard of people that are using a fifty fifty blend of ethanol in ordinary vehicles. Of course there is a move- ment to E-85 fuel that is a blend of 85 percent ethanol. Increasing ethanol use and Soy Diesel would help reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Hoyt said, "People need to keep after their legislators CLASSIFIED ADS CALL 274- 6136 OR 1-800- 410-1859 to keep promoting the use of ethanol and soy diesel. It will really help the rural econo- my." What it all boils down to is, locally. dealers have little control of gas prices. If you would like to learn more about gas pricing go to the Department of Energy key word gas prices, on the internet. Gas saving tips from the Department of Energy: Avoid long warm up peri- ods. Avoid revving the engine, especially before shutting engine down. Marlow Erickson Dave Hoyt Eliminate jack starts. rabbit Avoid over filling your tank. Choose the correct type of gasoline for your vehicle. Never exceed the speed limit. Vehicles travelling at 55 miles per hour get up to 20 percent better mileage than those travelling 70 miles per hour. Keep windows closed at highway speeds, this reduces air drag. Drive a steady speed using cruise control when appro- priate. Regular tune ups ensure best economy, check your owners manual for recom- mended maintenance. Check the inflation of tires to see that they are properly inflated. This will also give better tire wear. Remove excess weight from the trunk of your car. Air Conditioners, heater fans and other accessories can affect gas mileage. Middle school brass The seventh and eighth grade trombones played during the middle Pops Concert last Friday evening. More concert photos can be found 11. Minnesota Extension Service - From The specialists can plug their lap top computers into the system in any regional office while they assist local people with their needs. The Worthington Regional Office serves Cottonwood, Jackson, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, and Rock Counties. Andrea Ruesch is the 4-H worker for Murray and Cottonwood Counties. The Marshall office serves Chippewa, Lac Qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, Redwood, and Yellow Medicine Counties. Kami Hastad, from the Marshall office works with 4-H in Redwood County. Following extensive consultations with citizens. legislators, county leaders, and interest groups, the University of Minnesota Extension Sen'ice will be adding six agricultural posi- tions to the new extension system. In this area, a crop educator focusing on crop production will joi Worthington office, business mana cator with an swine will be hired Marshall office. "We believe these tions to the current extension vide statewide in production make this pla stronger," said CaseY. Find itfast in the Sentinel Tribune Service and Business Directory WESTER'S LOCKER Bacon - Ham - Sausage Retail Meats Custom Slaughtering - Sides & Quarters Deer Processing Available 536 1st Ave., Westbrook Tim Wester, owner 507-274-5900 State Bank of Lucan Serving the area since 1936 106 Main Street, Lucan, MN.50255 507-747-2214 or Phone toll free 888-747-2214 Member FDIC Fax: 507-747-2160 Evers Chiropractic Westbrook Area Wellness Center Dr. Mark A. Evers; Dr. Denise A. Evers 648 7th St., Westbrook, MN 507-274-5200 Tues. & Thurs. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tracy Service Center Tom Hahn, Owner 410 Craig Ave, Tracy, MN. 56175 507-629-9243 DUANE'S BODY $ Auto Body Repair & ReJ Specializing in auto glass Call 507-274-6655 1018 4th St., Westbrook, MN. Duane Ourada, owner G & R ELECTRIC 168 4th St., Tracy, MN. 56175 Maytag, Magic Chef, Jenn Air RCA & GE TV's & VCR & DirecTv We service all makes and models Residential & Commercial Wiring Phone 507-629-4250 e-mail: DON'S PLUMBING for all your plumbing, heating, & air conditioning needs call 507-274-5316 I appreciate your business. Don Paplow Julie's Studio 10 Family hair care & nail design. Hair, Nails, Tanning & Waxing Hours: Tues. & Thurs. 12 - 8 Wed. & Fri. 8:30 - 5:00 Sat. 9:00 - 1:00 341 6th St. Walnut Grove, MN. 507-859-2000 Revere Auto Body & GlaSS $25 Gift Certificate at T-Tommy'S, Largo; or the Med Club with a replacement or $500.00 Body FREE pick up & delivery. Loaner car We can handle all your insurance needS" 40 years + experience. 1-800-752-6103 M.L. GRAMS & ASSOCIATES, APA Melissa L. Grams, CPA Certified Public Accountants I can help you with your tax & accounting needs! 628 First Ave., Westbrook, MN 507-274-6171 cpagrams@ rrcne't, org STEFFEN ELECTRIC ,sP OitK Since 1939 Electrical Contractor Appliance Sales & Service steffenelectric.corn 507-859-2114 Wide range of produ(ts Life insurance and senates Hea inace Retirement plans pd other benefits  ot membeJ Dt Rnonl for Lutherans- 20128 It&01 2110101510 2fmm(Or LIcs Jackels Construction, Inc.  ,,%,-" O i New Homes Additions Remodeling Siding Garages  Doors Windows Shingling Finish Work Design & Drafting  & Hoatis Matt dackels, owner 507"274"5505 274-5499 or 360-6420 'Iron Frees 880-SX4)5X Licensed & Insured Lic.#20276150 611 1$t Avenue, Wsetbrook, MN 56183 Birkholz & Rye ATTORNEYS AT LAW Daniel A. Birkholz 101 South 7th St., St. James, MN 56081-0461 Phone 507-375-3374 Fax 507-375-3375 E-mail: birklaw@rconnect.com If you would like to have your message appear on this directory, please contact Wayne Rue at 274-6136 or 800-410-1859