Cooperative has a line a mile down the road

    It looks like the Crookston Municipal Airport will be converting from propane to natural gas, after Crookston City Council members this week endorsed a plan being pursued by the Crookston Airport Commission.

    Community Cooperative in Lake Park, Minn. is able to do the project in relatively affordable fashion, City Finance Director Angel Weasner explained, because they have a line in the ground around a mile to the northwest.

    Great Plans Natural Gas in Crookston was contacted to gauge their interest, she added, but they don’t have a line located that close to the airport and a project wouldn’t be financially feasible.

    Community Cooperative is affiliated with Cenex.

    Ward 5 Council Member Dale Stainbrook, who sits on the Airport Commission, said he thinks it’s a good idea and that converting all of the airport buildings and the house on the property would cost around $5,000 in service charges over the 10-year contract.

    Property owners living across Highway 75 from the airport have been contacted by Community Cooperative about their interest in converting from propane to natural gas, Stainbrook added, and their addition would help the airport meet the service thresholds established by the cooperative over the duration of the service contract.

    “They show interest,” he said of the adjacent property owners. “Whether they (convert) or not is a guessing game at this point.”

    Once a Community Cooperative crew gets on scene and starts the work, Stainbrook said everything could be finished in as fast as one week.