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Historic downtown Sibley gas station sold

SIBLEY, Iowa -- Cooperative Energy Company in Sibley was involved in the purchase and sale of two Sibley buildings this past week, according to a press release received Monday.

Sold was the historic downtown station and service center.

"Traffic on old Highway 60 has all but disappeared since the new highway was completed," said Cooperative Energy General Manager Brian Dreessen. "Our local customers seem to prefer using our new convenience store, Jackrabbit Junction, where so much more is available to them."

Dreessen said fuel will no longer be available at the downtown location at the close of business on Friday.

"We wouldn't have closed so soon, except power spikes during the recent ice storm damaged our computer system, leaving only pump No. 7 working at that location," he said.

Because of the closing, Cooperative Energy will move the 8 to 11 a.m. second and fourth Friday morning personal gas pumping service to Jackrabbit Junction.

Dreessen declined to say who purchased the downtown property or their plans for the location. He did say Cooperative Energy would be removing the gas pumps, underground tanks and canopy by May 15.

Meanwhile, Cooperative Energy additionally announced it has purchased the former Stylecraft building just south of the Osceola Electric Cooperative headquarters in Sibley's industrial park.

The building, which has been empty for some time, will be used to house Cooperative Energy's Cenex Lube Terminal operation, which will be moved to Sibley from Worthington. The terminal processes Cenex oil large storage tanks to 50-gallon barrels and smaller containers.

"We searched all the alternatives and felt we could not buy or build a like facility for anywhere near the price," Dreessen said.

The larger facility became necessary when Cenex expanded the Cooperative Energy's distribution territory to almost twice the area.

Finally, the Sibley changes will allow for a long-needed improvement at Worthington. The former lube terminal, located at the rear of the downtown Worthington location, will be converted to a full-service tire center.

"We've long to wanted increase our tire presence at Worthington," Dreessen said. "These changes will allow us to stock and service all Worthington area tire needs from auto to truck to ag on the spot."