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Marinette County residents sign up for propane through New London supplier

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Country Visions Cooperative propane tanks, Friday, Jan. 24, 2014. (Photo from: FOX 11).
Country Visions Cooperative propane tanks, Friday, Jan. 24, 2014. (Photo from: FOX 11).

BEECHER, WI (WTAQ) - A New London company did what they could to help out residents in Marinette County going through a propane shortage.

On Monday, at least 100 people visited Mary's Place Restaurant in Beecher as they met with officials from Larsen Cooperative looking to find a way to get much needed propane.

Kim Leisner, a sales representative from Larsen, says the Wisconsin Propane Gas Association asked her company to find propane for people in the Northwoods.

“Things fell into place and we were able to obtain some propane for this area,” Leisner told FOX 11.

Larsen is charging new customers $7 a gallon, which is more than four times the normal cost of propane.

“It is what it is,” said Leisner. “We have to pay the price we have to pay to get it.”

She says most of that cost is due to transportation.

“We’re getting our propane out of Conway, Kansas,” Leisner said. “Our truck drivers that drive down there wait in line from eight to 12 hours, and then they come back. We pay them the whole time.”

Leisner says Larsen has 27,000 gallons of propane earmarked for this area. She hopes customers who signed up Monday will get a delivery of propane by the end of the week.

Leisner says she knows the cost is high. She emphasizes that Larsen is a co-op, so any profits go back to customers.

If people need help to pay for heat, Leisner encourages them to get assistance.

“Don’t be proud, call for assistance,” she said.

People in Marinette County who want to learn more about heating assistance are asked to call the county’s economic support office at (715) 732-7840.

(Additional reporting from FOX 11)

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