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Minn. Agencies Respond to Propane Shortage

Updated: 01/28/2014 9:02 PM
Created: 01/28/2014 4:43 PM KSTP.com
By: Megan Stewart

Minnesota agencies are getting ready to respond should any households run out of fuel as propane supplies are stretched during this persistent cold weather.
    
The state Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division says there are currently no requests for state assistance. But officials held a conference call Tuesday with emergency managers from all 87 counties to make sure authorities are ready.
    
Gov. Mark Dayton declared a State of Peacetime Emergency on Monday, after propane prices have drastically increased.
    
Meanwhile, Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman says crisis payments for those who qualify for assistance are increasing from $500 to $1,000.
    
The Salvation Army has also added $100,000 into its heating assistance program to help those in need. The Salvation Army says requests for aide have increased, threatening to drain its reserves.

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