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Iowa Ag Department Official Says Propane Shortage Is Widespread

Iowa Ag Department Official Says Propane Shortage Is Widespread

A near record and high moisture corn crop is causing a shortage of propane for drying.   Harold Hommes, Energy Expert with the Iowa Department of Ag says this is a corn belt wide problem as 85-percent of grain drying is fueled with propane.  This has triggered action from farm state governors.

He says this is not a new problem and calls to attention the need for expanded propane storage.

He says farmers have been spoiled the last couple of years with the crop drying down in the field.

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Minnesota Legislature Continues Budget Discussion

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Minnesota legislative Democrats and Republicans continue to seek common ground as they work to balance the state budget for the next two years.

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Emerald Ash Borer Found in Dallas County

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Emerald Ash Borer has been found in another Iowa County.

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Nebraska Continues Death Penalty Debate

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Nebraska lawmakers debated and passed a bill that would repeal the state's death penalty law.

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Bill to Repeal Mandatory Prison Sentences Passes Nebraska Legislature

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Nebraska legislators have advanced a bill that would scrap mandatory minimum prison sentences and the habitual criminal statute.

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A look back at some of this week's biggest headlines and the stories you may have missed.