Long Prairie Sanitation changes hands

Terry Lanoue purchased the business from Lert and Lana Zander 

By Tina SnellStaff Writer

Lana and Lert Zander have sold Long Prairie Sanitation to Terry Lanoue, who has been in the sanitation business most of his life.

“My parents, Leroy and Donna, owned Peterson Brothers Sanitation in Anoka for many years,” said Lanoue. “They also purchased Pope County Sanitation in Glenwood in 1988.”

In 1994, Leroy sold Peterson Brothers due to the growth of the Pope County Sanitation which was then covering both Pope and Douglas counties. The family moved to the Alexandria area.

Terry Lanoue has purchased Long Prairie Sanitation from Lert and Lana Zander. In the business for most of his life, Lanoue said he plans to continue with the same great customer service the Zanders gave. Pictured are (from left): Jennifer Morgan and Amy Rieland, both office support personnel and Lanoue.

Terry Lanoue has purchased Long Prairie Sanitation from Lert and Lana Zander. In the business for most of his life, Lanoue said he plans to continue with the same great customer service the Zanders gave. Pictured are (from left): Jennifer Morgan and Amy Rieland, both office support personnel and Lanoue.

Leroy retired in 2001 and sold the company, which had incorporated sanitation companies from Parkers Prairie, Osakis and more over the years.

At that point, Lanoue became a district manager for a national sanitation company. He stayed with the company for 11 years and in 2012, decided he wanted to get back into self-employment.

In August, the deal with the Zanders was finalized and Long Prairie Sanitation changed hands.

“I wanted to purchase Long Prairie Sanitation because it was a small, locally owned company. The Zanders had a good reputation and offered great customer service. That’s the image I want to portray,” he said. “When customers call the company, they will speak with our front office personnel, Jennifer Morgan or Amy Rieland, or me, not an automated answering machine.”

Lanoue said he appreciates helping local people rather than working for a national company. And, he said the money then stays local, helping his community financially.

“Good service, good prices and no hidden fees. That’s what we will be offering,” he said.

Lanoue will be keeping the 10 drivers along with Morgan and Rieland on staff. His hopes are to expand the business as time passes.

“I want to involve my son, Matthew, so he can eventually take it over,” said Lanoue. Matthew is 23 and has a business management degree from Alexandria Technical College.

Long Prairie Sanitation specializes in commercial and residential business plus roll-off services to Todd, Morrison, Douglas, Wadena and southern Cass counties.

Lanoue spends his leisure time with his family which includes Jamie, 13, who attends Alexandria Middle School. He also loves to hunt, travel and ride his Ultra Classic Harley.

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