Wednesday, January 2, 2008

High fuel prices can mean hard times

excerpted from Detroit Lakes Tribune, 12-30-07

Mahube Community Council reports a 10-percent increase in applications for energy assistance. In Becker County, heating oil in now about $3.35-3.75 per gallon, and propane is $2.29/gallon. The cost of natural gas has increased about 10 percent in the last year in Minnesota.

Congress last week approved a $2.6 billion Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program package, however, funding for Minnesota stays near last year's rate of $77 million. That money is expected to run out by February.

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