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The new Love’s Travel Plaza in Columbus held its grand opening on Thursday, Aug. 18, which quickly turned into a misfire for the new local gas station. Area residents who filled up with mid-grade or premium gas were met with engine issues, as water was confirmed to be mixed in two grades of gasoline.

Chad Kowalski of Forest Lake filled up on Thursday around 11 a.m., and didn’t get farther than a few miles before he realized the engine started misfiring. He was just yards from his house when he decided to pull over, and parked his 2012 Acura MDX. 

Hannah Davis is the Area Editor at the Forest Lake Times. You can contact her at or (763)233-0709

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