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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch - Sleepy Eye, MN
  • Area Legislators ask for fuel assistance

  • Due to the recent frigid weather and propane shortage, State Senator Gary Dahms (R – Redwood Falls), State Representative Chris Swedzinski (R – Ghent), and State Representative Paul Torkelson (R – Hanska) have sent Minnesota Department of Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman and Governor Mark Dayton letters requesting that the cap on families qualifying for the Minnesota Energy Assistance Program be increased.
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  • Due to the recent frigid weather and propane shortage, State Senator Gary Dahms (R – Redwood Falls), State Representative Chris Swedzinski (R – Ghent), and State Representative Paul Torkelson (R – Hanska) have sent Minnesota Department of Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman and Governor Mark Dayton letters requesting that the cap on families qualifying for the Minnesota Energy Assistance Program be increased.
     
    “There are several families who have exceeded the amount of assistance they can receive much earlier this winter season than in the past. Part of that is due to the major impact that the LP shortage is having on their cost to heat their homes along with the colder than normal winter,” Senator Dahms stated.
     
    “Many rural families use LP as they do not have natural gas available to them,” Representative Swedzinski added.
    “We still have at least two months of winter ahead of us,” concluded Representative Torkelson. “This crisis won’t end anytime soon, and we need to address it now.”
     
    Several factors have impacted the propane shortage including delivery difficulties due to snow storms, the Alberta propane pipeline being shut down in early December for maintenance, and the prolonged severe cold temperatures throughout many states and Canada.
     
    Companies are delivering propane, but supplies are tight and prices have gone up due to an increased demand and a limited supply.
     
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