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updated 7:34 PM UTC, Mar 5, 2015

Local Businesses Feeling the Sting of Higher Heating Bills

  • Written by Bob Gabrielson
  • Published in News

(3/3/14) How would you like a 10-thousand-dollar monthly heating bill?

 Melrose Tomatoes in western Wisconsin saw its propane bill surpass five figures for its five greenhouses.  The company provides fresh tomatoes year-round to restaurants and stores in the region.  Manager Ann Strait tells the La Crosse Tribune that her fuel bill is 25-percent higher than a normal winter, even though she locked in a rate before propane skyrocketed in January.  Others were not as fortunate, after the National Weather Service in La Crosse recorded its fifth-coldest December through February on record.  Now, some farmers are looking at ways to lock in lower prices down the line -- perhaps switching from propane to bio-mass or other types of fuel if they can.

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