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Propane Prices, Shortage Putting Strain on Family Budgets [AUDIO]

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UNDATED – A hotline has been set-up for Minnesotans impacted by the propane shortage.  If you are in danger of running out of propane, you can call 1-800-657-3504. The State Emergency Operations Center says they’ll staff the line Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. They’ll offer help with information on Energy Assistance Programs, and local resources.

Andrea Lambrecht of Duelm says propane is the primary heat source for her family’s home, and the costs have doubled.

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Lambrecht says her family has turned up the thermostat in an effort to cut their bills.

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Lambrecht says she’s hoping the partial fill they had this week will get them through until March.

Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman announced LiHEAP crisis payments have been increased from $500 to $1,000 for anyone heating their homes with propane or heating oil.

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