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Mild winter has Minnesotans saving hundreds on heating bills

Lower gas prices haven't hurt, either. Some consumers can expect their total winter heating bills to be up to $200 less than last year.
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Lower gas prices haven't hurt, either. Some consumers can expect their total winter heating bills to be up to $200 less than last year.

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