Valero Renewables - Lakota
1660 428th Street
Lakota, IA 50451
The Lakota plant, located on 78 acres about 30 miles southeast of Fairmont, Minnesota, produces ethanol, distillers grains livestock feed and fuel- and feed-grade corn oil. With original startup in November 2002, the plant was acquired by Valero in November 2018.
The plant buys corn directly from farmers within approximately 40 miles.
The present town of Lakota used to be named Germania, from the German heritage of many of the early settlers. Because of the stigma of have the name during World War I, the town held an election in October 2018 to change the name to Lakota, a name from the indigenous people that has been translated as “beautiful prairie,” or “plenty,” or “allies.” The vote was 48 yes and 32 no. The name was officially changed on October 16, 1918, though the U.S. Post Office did not officially change the name until August 1919.
Population: 255 in 2010 Census
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