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Alternative fuels becoming more common

1:30 AM, Mar. 3, 2013
While filling up, the driver of a diesel tractor-trailer looks over a CNG counterpart Wednesday Feb. 6, 2013, during a demonstration of Compressed Natural Gas infrastructure installed at the Kwik Trip on county Highway J.
While filling up, the driver of a diesel tractor-trailer looks over a CNG counterpart Wednesday Feb. 6, 2013, during a demonstration of Compressed Natural Gas infrastructure installed at the Kwik Trip on county Highway J.
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Just as he has done countless times in a lifetime of truck driving, Daniel Rentschler opened the gas tank on his semi during a recent stop in Sheboygan, swiped his credit card and began fueling up.

What wasn't routine was the rumble and hiss as the truck's tank filled with compressed natural gas, not to mention what he paid - $1.79 per gallon for natural gas, versus $4.16 for diesel fuel.

"It is a completely different experience," said Rentschler, the fleet maintenance supervisor for La Crosse-based Kwik Trip. ...

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