Minn. Families Preparing Early After Propane Shortage Last WinterAfter last year's brutal winter and propane shortage, many Minnesota families are filling their tanks now.
Dayton Signs Order Easing Propane Transfer RulesGov. Mark Dayton has temporarily lifted some rules governing the transport of propane. Dayton signed an executive order Friday that allows propane delivery drivers a longer daily window to transport the product.
Dayton Holds Preventative ‘Propane Summit’ The winter of 2013 was the coldest in 50 years. And before it was over, businesses and homeowners faced a fuel crisis like never before. That's why the Gov. Mark Dayton called a "Propane Summit" with industry reps, railroads and farmers on Tuesday.
Company Gets Waiver To Maintain Propane SuppliesThe Army Corp of Engineers has granted a waiver allowing a Benson petroleum company to move forward with a project designed to speed up a propane-infrastructure project. The waiver on behalf of Dooley Petroleum was requested by U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson
University Building Evacuated Due To Propane SmellThe smell of propane caused officials to evacuate a University of Minnesota building where a student was injured in a science lab explosion last week. University spokeswoman Julie Christensen says someone in Smith Hall smelled propane Wednesday morning, pulled the fire alarm and called 911.
Corn Growers Warn Of Propane Problems Minnesota corn is three months away from harvest, but the Minnesota Corn Growers Association is encouraging farmers to plan ahead for their propane needs. A propane shortage last winter hit Minnesota farmers and rural homeowners hard. The association has been meeting with industry and government officials to try to prevent a repeat this winter.
100-Pound Propane Tank Explodes Inside Minivan In St. Paul, Driver InjuredA man is in the hospital after a 100-pound propane tank exploded inside his minivan early Sunday afternoon, according to the St. Paul Fire Department. Deputy Chief Pat Smith says a Dodge Caravan was parked outside of Walmart, located at 1450 University Ave., when the tank blew up and injured the driver inside.
MN Tribe Helps Fellow Tribes With Propane Crisis Donations from an American Indian tribe in Minnesota totaling nearly $1.4 million have helped Great Plains tribes weather this winter's propane crisis. The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community provided grants to the Standing Rock Sioux in North Dakota and South Dakota; the Yankton, Rosebud and Cheyenne River Sioux in South Dakota; and the Santee Sioux in Nebraska.
Dozens Of Firefighters Battle Manufacturing BlazeDozens of firefighters from six agencies battled a blaze at a manufacturer in Crow Wing County. Fire officials say an early concern about the fire at Cross-Tech Manufacturing were propane tanks and other chemicals used in production of hydraulic rotary brush cutters. Firefighters from Crosslake, Fifty Lakes, Mission, Ideal and Pequot Lakes fought the fire
Legislature Sends Heating Aid Bill To Dayton A sudden vote Thursday left a bill containing $20 million in emergency heating assistance one step from Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, who could have it on his desk by day's end. The Senate voted 65-0 to send a revised measure back to the House.
Family Uses Charcoal Grill For Heat, Suffers CO PoisoningSheriff's officials say 13 people were overcome by carbon monoxide when a charcoal grill was used inside a home in Trempealeau County. Dispatchers received a call about an unknown medical condition at a home in the Town of Arcadia late Sunday afternoon.