MILLIGAN, Nebraska – Flex fuel vehicle drivers can take advantage of huge savings on E85 for just $0.85 a gallon at the HWY 41 Express Stop near Milligan (1200 Road 24) Saturday, April 7, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Consumers will be limited to 30 gallons and no containers are allowed.
The grand opening will kick off with a ribbon cutting at 10:45 a.m. to mark the opening of the new flex fuel pumps that now dispense E10, E30 and E85. Nebraska Ethanol Board, Nebraska Corn Board and local corn growers will be on site greeting drivers, pumping fuel, and providing giveaways.
Hwy 41 Express Stop will also offer Champ’s Chicken food specials including $1 chicken tenders and $3 chicken and fish sandwiches.
The rural convenience store is recognized for their food options since opening in July 2017. Five local investors – Kenny Harre, Dale Luzum, Jason Pribyl, Tom Pribyl and Jan Rischling – established Hwy 41 Express Stop to offer food and fuel in an area of Nebraska that needed both.
“Our community didn’t have a restaurant, so the station gives people a place for meal options and acts as a small grocery store,” said Tom Pribyl. “Offering ethanol-blended fuel allows us to support our agriculture community, which has been a great asset for our community.”
Higher ethanol blends like E30 and E85 are approved for use in flex fuel vehicles. One in seven Nebraskans are driving a flex fuel vehicle, which can run on any blend of American Ethanol up to E85 (85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline). Drivers can check their owner’s manual to see if they’re driving a flex fuel vehicle. The vehicle might also have a flex fuel badge on the trunk or tailgate — or have a yellow gas cap.
A portion of Hwy 41 Express Stop’s fuel pump upgrades were paid for with the Access Ethanol Nebraska (AEN), a grant program administrated by the Nebraska Corn Board, Nebraska Ethanol Board and Nebraska Department of Agriculture, with the Nebraska Energy Office as the lead agency. Nebraska’s federal award of approximately $2.3 million for the AEN program came from the USDA’s Commodity Credit Corporation’s Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership (BIP). USDA rules require that the USDA funds be matched dollar for dollar with funds from state, private industry or foundations. Matching funds will come from the Nebraska Corn Board through the state corn checkoff funds paid by Nebraska corn farmers and from the Nebraska Environmental Trust approved funding of $500,000 for each of the two years. Matching funds will also come from contributions made by individual ethanol plants and “Prime the Pump,” a nonprofit organized and funded by the ethanol industry to improve ethanol infrastructure.