ST. PAUL  (AP) -- Minnesota will get another $56 million in federal aid to help those struggling to pay heating bills.

The aid comes from the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. It's in addition to $86 million Minnesota has received so far this heating season. About 146,000 applications have been received this season from those in need of heating help. The average grant is about $500. The state says energy assistance applications are 6 percent higher than they were at this time last year and 16 percent higher than January of 2009.

Applications are available at 36 local agencies that distribute the aid.

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