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Eye on propane as winter approaches


Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

As temperatures begin to drop, and leaves begin to change color, Governor Mark Dayton is keeping a close eye on the supply and price of propane and other heating fuels. Last year, the coldest winter in 50 years caused a severe propane shortage that sent prices to almost four times their normal levels, putting a strain on more than 200,000 Minnesota households and businesses that rely on propane.

Yesterday, Governor Dayton convened a meeting of propane suppliers, transportation leaders, legislators, agriculture stakeholders, and key members of his Cabinet to assess the current supply of propane, and discuss any factors that could impact demand for heating fuel this winter.

What Governor Dayton is saying:

“During last winter’s propane shortage, this group worked to ensure the safety of all Minnesotans. Working together in the months ahead, they will do everything possible to prevent shortages, reduce drastic price increases, and provide all Minnesotans with fuel for the fall harvest and for their winter comfort and safety.”

Minnesotans Urged

to Plan Ahead

Governor Dayton and his administration are encouraging Minnesotans to fill up their propane tanks early – and many already have. In doing so, propane customers can take advantage of low prices and prepare in advance for their winter heating needs.

The Minnesota Department of Commerce offers these tips to propane customers across the state:

•Buy Early – Fill up your propane tanks now to avoid the high-demand prices of the winter months. Buy during the summer and early fall when there is less demand and prices are lower

•Make a Budget – Consider a budget plan to spread out the payments. A new law requires propane distributors to offer all customers a budget plan. Distributors must also notify budget-plan customers of price or fee changes that may affect their monthly payment amount by more than 20 percent.

•Know Your Rights – A new law signed by Governor Dayton this year enacted new consumer protections such as transparent pricing (distributors must inform customers of current per-gallon price and additional charges, fees and discounts) and the prohibition of extraneous fees (adding any service, distribution, transportation, or other fees to the bills of customers who enter into a contract with the distributor are prohibited).

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Minnesota weekly gas price update and outlook

Mon, Sep 8th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have risen 1 cent per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.33/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minnesota. This compares with the national average that has increa ..... 
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DEED awards 16 grants to train lower-income and current Minnesota workers

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has awarded grants totaling $1,904,435 under the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP) to train 1,199 lower-income individuals and 505 current workers. Twelve Low ..... 
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State loses 4,200 jobs in July - Unemployment rate steady at 4.5 percent

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL – Minnesota lost 4,200 jobs in July, according to seasonally adjusted figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The state’s unemployment rate remained unchanged in July at 4.5 perc ..... 
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Department of Revenue reminds homeowners and renters of upcoming property tax refund deadline

Thu, Aug 14th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Revenue is reminding homeowners and renters that the due date to file for a 2013 property tax refund is Aug. 15, 2014. State law provides for a one-year grace period to claim these refunds, however, t ..... 
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MDA to offer free waste pesticide collections in southeast Minnesota counties

Thu, Aug 14th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) will host a series of waste pesticide collections in four southeastern Minnesota counties from Tuesday, August 26, through Thursday, August 28, 2014. Through these free collection eve ..... 
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Forest Resources Council requests Public Comment on Regional Forest Plan

Wed, Aug 13th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

The Minnesota Forest Resources Council (MFRC) is requesting citizen review and comment on the draft Southeast Landscape Plan: A Regional Plan to Guide Sustainable Forest Management. The plan provides cross-ownership recommendations for long-term for ..... 
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Commerce Department Investigation Unearths Multiple Allegations against Criminal Coin Dealer

Wed, Aug 13th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

SAINT PAUL, MN – A Minnesota Department of Commerce investigation of Wholesale Assets Worldwide, LLC (WAW), a company engaged in coin and precious metal dealings, and Dennis Charles Helmer has been cited in an indictment by the United States Attorn ..... 
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After 6-Year Wait, Mankato Civic Center Expansion to Be Completed

Wed, Aug 13th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, MN – The expansion of the Mankato Civic Center has been six years in the making. And thanks to the 2014 Jobs Bill passed by the Legislature and signed into law by Governor Mark Dayton last May, the project is finally on track to be comple ..... 
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