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Propane Prices a Concern for Some in Minn.

Created: 01/27/2014 10:46 AM KSTP.com
By: Jennie Olson

Rising propane prices are worrying many rural Minnesota residents who count on the fuel to heat their homes amid a bitterly cold winter.
    
KTOE News in Mankato reports Monday that suppliers in the area were quoting propane prices of $4.75 a gallon by the end of last week. That's compared to $1.59 a gallon a year ago.
    
That means a bill of about $1,000 to fill a 200 gallon tank. One customer tells KTOE a tank that size only lasts about three weeks in current weather conditions.
    
Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman says Texas recently opened its borders to propane trucks from a number of states including Minnesota. Federal and state lawmakers have been seeking answers in recent weeks for propane price spikes and supply problems.
    
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