County buys Anderson Station property

-Messenger photo by Kelby Wingert
Anderson Station, 706 Second Ave. S., will close in the coming months after the county purchased the property for $150,000.

The only full-service gas station in Fort Dodge will soon be closing its doors.

Anderson Station, 706 Second Ave. S., has been servicing vehicles and pumping gas for customers since 1977. First owned by Wayne and Kay Anderson, the service station is now owned by Doyle and Jennifer Anderson.

On Tuesday, the Webster County Board of Supervisors approved the county’s purchase of the Anderson Station property for $150,000.

Doyle Anderson told The Messenger he doesn’t know how long Anderson Station will remain open, but he does not have a closing date set yet. He said it will depend on the length of the sale process.

“With the way everything is going, it just seemed like a good time [to sell] and the opportunity was there,” he said.

Doyle Anderson’s parents opened the business in 1977, with Doyle and his wife Jennifer Anderson taking over in the early 2000s.

When the purchase is finalized, the county will own the entire block between First and Second Avenues South and Seventh and Eighth Streets. The former Northwest Bank building that now houses the Webster County Health Department and Webster County Attorney’s Office covers much of the block.

“You don’t get a chance to buy your neighbor very often,” said Mark Campbell, chair of the Board of Supervisors.

The supervisors said there are no immediate plans for the property, but it will most likely be used for additional county parking.


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