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Ward details Minnesota’s Cold Weather Rule for constituents


With winter almost here, many Minnesotans struggle to pay utility bills, which can be much higher during the cold winter months. To help residents keep the heat on, Rep. John Ward, DFL – Brainerd, is informing constituents about a Minnesota program called the Cold Weather Rule, which is in effect from Oct. 15 through April 15 each winter.


The Cold Weather Rule applies to homeowners and renters who pay their own heating bills. While not a moratorium on utility disconnections, the rule allows customers who contact their electric and/or natural gas utility to make and keep a payment plan.

To participate, a resident must contact his/her heating utility.

“In our tough Minnesota winters, no one should have to go without heat, regardless of their financial circumstances,” said Rep. Ward. “I strongly encourage constituents in need to contact their utility company, work out a payment plan and ensure their heat stays on.”

For more information on the Cold Weather Rule, contact the Public Utilities Commission at or 800-657-3782, or visit

Becca Clemens
After graduating high school in 2004, I attended Central Lakes College in Staples, MN for 2 years where I got a diploma in Communication Art and Design. I then transfered up to Bemidji State University in, you guessed it, Bemidji, MN. In the spring of 2009, I graduated from BSU. Then in the fall of 2009 I got a job at Echo Publishing, a sister company to the Brainerd Dispatch.
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