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Propane prices in Minnesota spike

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Jan 27, 2014 at 10:04 am

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Rising propane prices are worrying many rural Minnesota residents who count on the fuel to heat their homes amid a bitterly cold winter.

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 says 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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