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Propane shortage to be probed

WASHINGTON - A Northfield, Minn., farmer will be among those testifying to the Senate Energy Committee Thursday about this winter's propane shortage and high prices.

John Zimmerman, Minnesota Turkey Growers' Association past president, is to testify at the invitation of U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn.

"The recent propane crisis happened during one of the coldest winters in years, hitting thousands vulnerable Minnesota households, businesses and farm operations with high prices and low supplies," Franken said. "We can't let the same things that caused this winter's shortage -- and the price shocks that came with it -- happen again."

Franken asked the committee to investigate the shortage.

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