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High Cost of Heating our Homes

This winter's frigid temperatures and high heating costs are putting a big dent in North Dakotans' budgets. For example, the cost of filling a 500-gallon propane tank jumped from about $750 to $2,250. "Families struggling to pay for heating bills and keep up with other expenses shouldn't panic, but they should take steps to manage the hit their family budget is taking this winter," says Lori Scharmer, North Dakota State University Extension Service family economics specialist.

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