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Local couple feels pinch of propane shortage

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BRIGGSVILLE (WKOW) -- The federal government announced $14.2 million in emergency relief funding for Wisconsin Thursday, hours after Gov. Scott Walker met with President Barack Obama to discuss the state's propane shortage.

The shortage, which the Governor's office said has been caused by increased demand due to bitterly cold temperatures and a temporary, propane pipeline closure last fall, is hitting an estimated 250,000 Wisconsinites who use propane for heat.

Nicholas and Lindsey Rohloff, of Briggsville, said they twice filled up their 500-gallon propane tank last year. Each fill-up cost the couple roughly $550.

But earlier this month, as their tank dwindled down to about 30 percent of its capacity, Lindsey was shocked to find out prices had spiked.

"I called (the propane company) and they quoted me $5.99 per gallon," she said.

"They wouldn't take any payment plan, and they have a minimum delivery of 200 gallons," Lindsey said. "That came out to about $1,100."

The couple switched its home's energy source earlier this month. Their house's furnace is now running with electricity.

"We're expecting our first baby in a few months," Lindsey said. "Every penny counts right now."

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