Soaring propane prices have caused pain for many rural Minnesotans this cold winter. The Minnesota Farmers Union Wants Answers on Propane Prices, KTSP reported last week, while the New York Times reports Too Much Winter, and Not Nearly Enough Propane.
First District Congressman Tim Walz (DFL-Mankato) visited an unemployed mother of three in Pemberton and a couple in West Concord about the burden unexpected propane prices impose on their budgets.
The Owatonna People's Press reports in Sen. Franken visits Nerstrand farm on propane crisis fact-finding mission:
"I really came to hear about what you are experiencing," Franken said in his opening comments to the 15 people who braved the cold to take part in the discussion. "Are producers taking advantage of people's anxieties and trying to profit from this terrible situation? That's what I'm trying to find out."
Franken heard from hosts Steven Read and Jodi Ohlsen Read, Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman and members of various local organizations who were there seeking answers to some of the problems their clients have been facing because of the crisis.
Here's a video from the meeting at Shepherd's Way Farm, which crafted artisan cheese from its sustainably raised sheep. Quadrupling propane prices are a lot of cheese Steven Read tells Franken:
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